As a foreigner in Japan you stick out. Especially so where I live, it not being the first pin on many tourists maps. This adornes you a bit of celebrity status, not an A-lister- one of those ones you know the name of but your not entirely sure what they do. This is especially true when you go to traditional Japanese festivals and events- people wondering why you are there and what you think. Often, ‘people’ roughly translates into ‘TV crew’. I have been filmed and interviewed for TV three times during my time in Japan, and I don’t even speak Japanese.
One recent occasion was at a laughing ceremony, at which two different film crews asked for interviews and we accidentally ended up all over the evening news. I stood looking uncomfortable and a little confused in the first interview, before gracefully bowing (literally as well as figuratively) out of the second to take some pictures of my friends stumbling for something coherent to say in Japanese.