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Dai Ogasawara’s fledgling online label Ano(t)raks has released music from six Japanese artists from the Kansai region since the summer. However, Ogasawara, who lives in Aomori Prefecture, has yet to meet any of them.

“I visited Kansai back in the 1990s when I played for a band called Candy Eyes,” he tells The Japan Times at a cafe in Tokyo’s busy Shibuya district, adding that he hasn’t been back west since. “I just meet artists through music-sharing site SoundCloud or I find out about them when they follow me on Twitter.”

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