A MAN A PLAN JAPAN – Pender Harbour – Nov 4, 2023

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S2: A MAN A PLAN JAPAN / Pender Harbour School of Music / Sat. Nov. 4, 2023 / 6:30 doors, 7 show

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A MAN A PLAN JAPAN (and Ran in Hunan!)

William’s 8th show! This wild multimedia show about absurd travels takes you to China & Japan! Flashy Festivals, Insane runs (including an outrageous road in China), an abandoned amusement park, going thru the Buddha’s nostril, Fake food, Bond Island, Art Island, Rockabilly, Radiation, Sumo Wrestling and a foolhardy attempt to cover Japan from top to bottom one one week long rail pass! Come play along!

“William Jans seeks adventure and travels closer to the ground than most of us would dare. He’s rewarded with some extraordinary experiences—and it’s a pleasure to share them at his shows. You’ll leave inspired to step out of your comfort zone, too.”

(Georgia Straight Vancouver)


“Great show! Very entertaining as usual. Too bad about your foot. Was climbing Mt Fuji out of the question at that point?” (Ian Howell, Surrey, BC)

“A man a plan Japan was an awesome show. Totally Blown away!!!” (Sharon Wish, Vancouver)

“I think I’ve seen all your shows and they never fail to bring LOTS of laughter, what with all your energy and (seemingly) fearless adventure-making! Something to look forward to!” (Lynda Clarke, Vancouver)

“You rock! Love your flare for Travel Adventure.” (Henry Wilsenack, Abbotsford)

“That was *amazing*!!! Such a knock out of the park!! I think people loved it. I loved it… completely amazing. Such a pro and calm onstage. It was such a great show!!! Congratulations!! :-)” (Colin Lochhead Vancouver)

“Wow! Just saw A Man A Plan Japan – like all your shows a great blend of the unusual and the fun but also chock full of educational content. Who know that Hakodate has the coolest tourist video in the entire world!” (Todd Malone, Richmond BC)

“I was quite blown away. I had no idea what to exepct!” (Randy Stark, Kamloops BC)

“I brought 13 yr old my son ‘to A Man, A Plan, Japan at John Oliver and we are going to try hard to come back for the China Show! he loved your show and so did I.” (Kelly Maxwell, Vancouver)

“I really enjoyed the show on Friday. It was very entertaining and you put together a story really well.” (Alison Liebel, Vancouver)

“Just wanted to thank you again for a highly entertaining, fascinating, and enlightening show last night in Squamish. My wife, Margie, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Your interactions with the people you meet are what sets you apart from the mundane. I hope you have packed venues for your upcoming shows in Vancouver. Many thanks!” (Bryce Powell Squamish, BC).

“My husband and I both LOVED your show at JO school last week. Fantastic! The photography and how you told the stories was wonderful. I also thought the costume changes were pretty cute. We look forward to seeing more of your shows in the future!” (S.M., North Vancouver)

‪”@williamjans‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ awesome!! 
what a great show that was William – much success to you in all your future presentations!” (Vida Morkunas, Vancouver)

“Enjoyed the show last night! Great to experience the culture of Japan with you. Too bad about your foot on that trip.” (Frank Gundermann, Mission, BC)

“Hey you are the superstar! Your show was great. So many great photos and experiences, and well presented. Excellent.” (Lynn Plautz, Vancouver)

I RAN SOME OF THIS ROAD IN CHINA! I may be the first to ever try too. Not allowed, but something I had hoped to try for many years.

“Great show last night. Mom and I had a blast! She thinks you’re nuts… I already knew that. She said it went by so fast… thought it was only 9 pm when you ended.” (Natasha Tresham, Langley)

“My 4th time seeing a William Jans Show. They are always great fun and this was no exception!! William is a great story teller and his shows always make me want to plan my next trip.” (Marc Leblanc, Vancouver BC)

“Amanaplanjapan was a blast! Thank you. Will be telling my friends about your upcoming shows in town!” (Brent Matsuda, Burnaby BC)

YES people can really get shoved into train cars to fit them in like sardines. This is the crazy Saikyu line coming in to Yamanote station. I opted to ride it too, and was nervous for a long time about trying this daring feat 😉

“Wow! Just saw A Man A Plan Japan – like all your shows a great blend of the unusual and the fun but also chock full of educational content. Who know that Hakodate has the coolest tourist video in the entire world!” (Todd Malone, Richmond BC)

“Very engaging. Hialrious. We were cackling the whole time. Lots of laughs we really enjoyed it.” (Mike Woods, Vancouver)

Fashion so forward it is into the future. Cutting edge / avant grade / and sometimes nutty clothing abounds in Takashita.

“Very fun show. Thanks for the evening.” (Eric Stewart, Langara Photo Tech Program)

“Wonderful show as always!” (Bernadette McGregor, Surrey)

”I finally got to see a show and it was long overdue. Your sense of adventure and ability to go with the flow with all the travel and new culture and your enthusiam was enlightening and just great to see. Thanks for sharing your travels!!!”( ‪Bonnie Eva Christensen‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‪, Vancouver)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“We really enjoyed William’s A man, a plan, Japan show! He sure has a following of fans that look forward to each show! (Deanna and Alan Wong, White Rock)

“Thanks for an fantastic show, William. I laughed so hard. I was actually wiping tears from my eyes!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” (‪Celia Quigley‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‪, Vancouver)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Just returned from A MAN A PLAN JAPAN – William Jans’ new show. It is great! Don’t miss it! Now I want to spend a month in Japan, and visit the country from the very North to its most Southernmost tip. William is funny and charming, and the people he meets during his travels are friendly, gentle and so quirky! I loved all the sights and sounds and tales of William’s adventures – and William’s costumes were a real treat! What a wonderful, wonderful evening.” (vida Morkunas, Vancouver)

“Great night. Awesome. We had a blast and hope to make the May 1 China show too. Hope you can catch up on some sleep. You’re going to need it!” (Michelle James, Vancouver)

I love that this image brings up sooo many questions… I will explain in the show 😉

“Great show, William! I brought two friends who hadn’t heard of you before. They loved it! We are all coming to your May 1st Show.” (Owen Davis, Vancouver)

“That was a blast! Maria and I laughed all the way home. Definitely a fun show.” (Donna Hull, Vancouver)

“Thanks for a great show yesterday! (@vancouverjess, Vancouver)

“Excellent show, William (minus the lack of a break in those hard seats) Fully entertaining. Now get some sleep!“ (Meagan Fitz James Vancouver)

“Just want to let you know how great your show was last night. So entertaining! Really William. Congrats! Thanks and good luck with the other shows!” (Dana Irving Stark, North Vancouver)

“Fun and fantastic show!” (Marni Keeping, White Rock)

“Great show as usual, thanks William!‬” (Jill Yeomans, Vancouver)

“I brought 13 yr old my son ‘to A Man, A Plan, Japan at John Oliver and we are going to try hard to come back for the China Show! he loved your show and so did I.” (Kelly Maxwell, Vancouver)

Sumo was AMAZING! The spectacle and the posturing too. Unbelievable. Highly recommended.

“Brilliant Show” (Rob Grover, North Vancouver)

“Your shows are always amazing William! Not just for the entertainment value but also because they inspire people to get off the usual path and have adventures. Just awesome, and I think this was one of the best shows yet ! xo” (‪Estelle Matheson‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‪, Vancouver)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Really enjoyed your Vancouver show! Thanks William – what a great night out for all of us!!!” (Mike Sullivan, Vancouver)

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A fun short Spot by the Van Sun in 2014.


Older interview from Toronto CITY TV you might find fun if you are still undecided.

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