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On Sept. 30, guitarist Masayoshi Takanaka, formerly of pioneering rock outfit Sadistic Mika Band, stepped onto the stage at Shibuya Kokaido (Shibuya Public Hall) for a special show. Four days later, the venue, which had seen the likes of Buck-Tick, Boowy and, of course, Sadistic Mika Band, was shuttered (it will re-open as something new in 2018).

Takanaka’s stage was decorated with fake palm trees and a sunset was projected onto a screen behind him. Among the red and orange hues, the 62-year-old’s blue Fender Stratocaster stood out, but it was a gold version, which he later played, that caught people’s attention.

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