Drinking and Stinking: My Night of Music in Tokyo
After failing to heed the warnings of assuredly well-meaning and educated persons, our author takes a trip to Tokyo to try his luck with the local authorities, his guitar, and the ladies.
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by Josh Medsker
I had been warned about playing guitar in public in Japan. After mentioning that I was thinking about busking, in an article I'd done for a San Francisco newspaper, I got numerous emails, from people warning me about mean cops in the downtown Tokyo area hassling gaijin (foreigners) for their passports and papers, and even yakuza "encouraging" non-Japanese not to play in the parks and street corners.