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Old 04-08-02, 12:47 AM   #21
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What about when they do it ON your face??
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Old 04-08-02, 12:51 AM   #22
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P.S. That was a sexual innuendo, rather than belligerent machismo. <img src="graemlins/haha.gif" border="0" alt="[ha ha]" />
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Old 04-08-02, 03:59 PM   #23
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Make that an even 30 [img]biggrin.gif[/img]

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Old 04-08-02, 11:35 PM   #24
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Hey Stephon,


Yeah, lesson learned.

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Old 04-09-02, 09:32 AM   #25
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jonnyflash, Isn't it amazing how deceptive photos can be. From your picture that accompanies your posts i'd have sworn you look older than fifteen...........
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Old 04-11-02, 03:08 PM   #26
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Just wondering how long it is going to take before someone offers something current and helpful on Japan. What do you say, guys? Any takers?
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Old 04-11-02, 04:38 PM   #27
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Hope this helps;
The CIA World Factbook sez;

Size:slightly smaller than California varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
Literacy:total population: 99% (1970 est.)


47 prefectures; Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Ehime, Fukui, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Gifu, Gumma, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Ishikawa, Iwate, Kagawa, Kagoshima, Kanagawa, Kochi, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Mie, Miyagi, Miyazaki, Nagano, Nagasaki, Nara, Niigata, Oita, Okayama, Okinawa, Osaka, Saga, Saitama, Shiga, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokushima, Tokyo, Tottori, Toyama, Wakayama, Yamagata, Yamaguchi,Yamanashi

Jonny Flash has heard that Kyoto and Osaka are the best places to work.

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Economy - overview: Government-industry cooperation, a strong work ethic, mastery of high technology, and a comparatively small defense allocation (1% of GDP) have helped Japan advance with extraordinary rapidity to the rank of second most technologically powerful economy in the world after the US and third largest economy in the world after the US and China. One notable characteristic of the economy is the working together of manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors in closely-knit groups called keiretsu. A second basic feature has been the guarantee of lifetime employment for a substantial portion of the urban labor force. Both features are now eroding. Industry, the most important sector of the economy, is heavily dependent on imported raw materials and fuels. The much smaller agricultural sector is highly subsidized and protected, with crop yields among the highest in the world. Usually self-sufficient in rice, Japan must import about 50% of its requirements of other grain and fodder crops. Japan maintains one of the world's largest fishing fleets and accounts for nearly 15% of the global catch. For three decades overall real economic growth had been spectacular: a 10% average in the 1960s, a 5% average in the 1970s, and a 4% average in the 1980s. Growth slowed markedly in the 1990s largely because of the aftereffects of overinvestment during the late 1980s and contractionary domestic policies intended to wring speculative excesses from the stock and real estate markets. Government efforts to revive economic growth have met little success and were further hampered in late 2000 by the slowing of the US and Asian economies. The crowding of habitable land area and the aging of the population are two major long-run problems. Robotics constitutes a key long-term economic strength, with Japan possessing 410,000 of the world's 720,000 "working robots".

Currency:yen per US dollar - 117.10 (January 2001),
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Old 04-19-02, 08:33 PM   #28
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Chance et al,
I would be glad to participate in a dicussion of this wonderful country (I just returned on Tuesday) but am unsure if you guys want the skinny on street or stage ... as most of you know the best time to go is NOW as "Golden Week" starts Sunday and there is a plethora of gigs out there for gaijin performers. Alas, if you have not been approached for a booked gig then my advice is to go to Osaka or any big town and sniff out a pitch (usually around shopping centers) and just do it (although not totally legal) ... the reason you can get away with it most times is the rules don't apply to gaijin and it's easy to play dumb ... especially if you have a cartoon on your head.
Just a word of caution here ... the economy over there has taken a bit hit since the gravy days of 10 years ago and alot of the acts are struggling just to make their nut ... so don't expect any welcome mats. Take your shoes off anyway and tiptoe through the cherry blossoms. Gambatte
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Old 02-01-12, 11:30 AM   #29
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hi i am Mario the one man band.

I worked in japan long time ago and I know Gerry he is a nice guy believe me, and its true things or not good anymore in japan. I went back there a few years ago and its not good anymore. You need permit, a lot of problems with police and yacouza (Japanese mafia) don't believe me and try if you wont to, you will regret it japan is expensive, Europe is better.

Personally I don't do the street anymore. I'm a dive instructor in Thailand in ko tao and play sometime in clubs.

So I understand that Gerry wanna protect is place there he have a family and just wanna survive that all.

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Old 02-03-12, 05:22 PM   #30
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I remember a one man band showing me pics of him performing in Nippon. There were actually 1000+ people around him - totally huge edge. I asked him how much he made and he said $5. He then explained busking wasn't native and he was just a living curiosity.
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Old 03-05-12, 12:15 AM   #31
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If you do not live in Japan, or even if you do live in Japan, it is a hard place to busk. Yokohama is the best place that I can suggest, 10 years ago I worked there,the only real pitch there is in Japan, next to the hard Rock Cafe...I suppose it is still "the pitch". It was not very open to outsiders when I was there, and they try to make sure that you are hours away come the next day. I have lived in Japan 14 years, it is not at all what it was like when I first came here. In the city that I live in, there are permits and a schedule that you are on, they tell you where you are to perform, and when...and the spot sucks ( I don't do that). Police and Yakuza are not people you want problems with as has been mentioned. And not having a gaijin card could get you deported, you can only have one of those if you are living in Japan and your visa is all taken care of ( we are to carry one at all times, and police can ask you for it at anytime...and if all you have is a passport with a tourist visa and you are busking, that is trouble). Here is a link about Yokohama and street performing. Your best bet though is to be accepted to the festival in Shizuoka, and the word for street performing in Japanese is " Daidogai" I hope this will help anyone in their internet searching.http://daidogei.jp/en
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