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Aaron Jones
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Hello all!
I am working on a project for variety entertainers mostly aimed towards magicians who may come to Japan to perform. Living here for more than 6 years and able to speak Japanese before I came I had little problems adjusting. However those who have never been here may find many things different both on a business and social aspect. I wanted to ask If you were coming to Japan to perform for a few days to a few weeks what would you like to know about working in Japan? For example dealing with the clients working at the venue and any other things you may want to know.
Anyone who contributes questions will get a copy of this when I am done if I do finish it!
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Dear Aaron Jones,

I'm from America. What percentage of the populace can understand some english?
Would it be foolish to go if one spoke no Japanese?
Are there Magic clubs where one might book a lecture?
How proficient is the average club member there?
What Magic "goes over" well in Japan?
What are the most common social mistakes Americans make?
What surprised you most in your first six months there?
Was it hard to "read" how well your Magic was going over at first in a famously polite society?
What venues book Close-Up Magic?
Are there agents that book show or lecture tours?
Would being an American add interest to a performance or is it a detriment?

I probably will not go to Japan but I've always been interested in Japan so I'm curious. You don't have to answer all of my questions if it's a pain.

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Hi Aaron. Thanks for the kind offer. I hope I don't appear trivial, but if I was lucky enough to get a gig in Japan the things I would be interested in are:
Where can I get the absolute best Japanese food? Not just sushi, but anything authentic and high-quality. Whale would be a definite.
What are the cultural must-sees?
Are there any dojos that would allow a semi-proficient western Judoka to train with them for the duration of his stay.
These are the first questions I would ask.
I would also be concerned about politeness, and how to interact with the locals without causing offence. I would also want to know a top ten of language phrases (hello, thank you, etc). Then I would consider myself good to go. Tony.
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Hi Mary Thanks for the reply and those good questions. I have taken note of those!

TonyB2009 Thank you for your reply as well!
One section is going to deal exactly with those issues. Food, best places to visit etc. As well as social and business habits like Japanese "Enkai" Banquet, dinners and other business things like meetings. I want to explain how these work and what is expected. They wont expect you know how but if you show you do it gives you those extra bonus points which is the real magic. As well as how to deal with Japanese "onsens" hot springs and other places you may get taken to. Thanks I'll make sure all those issues are dealt with in one way or the other. Good idea on the martial arts aspect.
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Yes, I'd love to go to Japan...

How about non Western Tourists, how are they looked upon?

What's the basic cost of living, food & rent, say in Tokyo?

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I too would like to know how easy it would be for someone who speaks no Japanese to travel and work in Japan? Are there any little "must knows" that one might need to be aware of that are cultural manners? Or maybe things that might be "do nots", that may be perceived as rude or unkind, things that Westerners overlook. Are there agents or event planners that book shows?
How difficult is it to travel with animals or birds to Japan?
I think performing in Japan would be a wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to your writing project.

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