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On March 5, Seiichi Yamamoto shut the doors at Bears, a music venue in Osaka’s Namba district that he’s run for the past 34 years, and played to an empty room.

The 61-year-old musician, a veteran of bands such as Rovo, Boredoms, Omoide Hatoba and Most, posted an announcement for the “no-audience gig” on Twitter, accompanied by a photo of himself in a face mask with a bottle of hand sanitizer: “5pm start, no live stream! The doors to Bears will be closed, so nobody can come in.”

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