Musical instruments in Japan have flown off the shelves in recent months as more people spend time socially distancing at home during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Instruments seen as being easier to learn, such as the ukulele and guitar, are selling best, according to music shops. Both saw sales double compared with the same period last year.

Some novices espouse the soothing effect of a live instrument's sound to help deal with pandemic-related stress. More serious musicians, meanwhile, are shelling out on soundproofing rooms to play to their heart's content.