I was very disappointed to hear that HMV’s flagship store in Shibuya closed for trading for the final time yesterday. The store opened back in 1990 and it was the first HMV store in Japan. It seems that HMV is closing high-rent stores and focusing instead of it’s more profitable online business. To mark the ocassion there was over 10 hours of live music in the store. There are still HMV stores in LUMINE Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Meguro but it’s only a matter of time before they close too. I was surprised when back in March I headed over to Takashimiya in Shinjuku to find that the HMV store there was gone. Whenever I went to Shibuya, the HMV store up Center Gai was always one of the first places I’d go and visit. It’s a hell of shame to see it’s now closed.