This is a question to all the rockers but why is touring Japan seen as such a big milestone in a band's career? Is it often just that it is a bands first big tour outside their home country or is there more to it than that?
We just been over there playing Tokyo for a week. Its such an impressive place, and it being so "exotic" to us westerners, its certainly something you want in your bands CV.
The problems we experienced were, that we had minimal merch sales - following a DIY approach, coming from Scotland. Also there were no payouts as even the local bands had to buy-in(!) To the local shows, sometimes only having 20 folk showing up.
We loved the hospitality and the culture shock, but if you want to earn some bucks, it will take a bit of effort to pull it off.
An experience of a lifetime nevertheless!