Looking for singing gigs in Japan

A guy looking for singing gigs in the evening or on weekends within or in close proximity of Tokyo, Japan.

Hi there. This is Alvis, a Taiwanese male expected to start a full-time work in Shibuyaku in this coming Aug.

While I do have a full-time job as I said in the beginning, it’s on a contract basis and the hourly wage isn’t very flattering. My work starts from 10 am to 7 pm, almost always from Mon-Fri. And the folks who interviewed me said that working overtime would be a rarity. That kinda makes sense given I’d be paid by the hour. I’ll get a work visa (under the Engineer/Specialist in humanities/International services category) from my company and I’d stay in Tokyo for at least a year (potentially for good!).

In short, due to my future meager income in Tokyo, I am looking for some singing gigs in the evening after my office work to make some pocket money. Any places that I should look into? I am currently still in Taiwan, waiting for my certificate of eligibility that I’d use to apply for a Japanese work visa at the TW-JP office here. If things work out, I should be able to move to Japan in early August. In the meantime, my schedule is rather flexible for a Skype interview. (Skype ID: alvisspeaking)

I’ve always had a burning passion for singing and do frequent karaoke establishments a lot here in Taiwan. On top of it, I’ve entered several singing contests and won the first place most of the time. I prefer and mostly sing hard-rock songs, though I also like and sing ballads and R&B, albeit to a lesser degree.

Just in case language is a relevant factor, I speak very fluent English. Mandarin (aka Chinese), evidently, is my mother tongue, and my Japanese is somewhat lower intermediate.

You can listen to my cover songs in my YouTube Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/c/AlvisYu

Looking forward to hearing from y’all! Any pointer will be greatly appreciated!


Background & Service info

  1. Hello, I am Alvis Yu, a Taiwanese part-time freelance interpreter/translator based in Tokyo, providing English and Chinese (Traditional Chinese) translation/interpretation services for individuals and firms alike. I hold a B.A. in Applied English and an M.A. in International Affairs.

Background Information:

  1. I am a 29-year-old Taiwanese, born and raised in Taiwan.
  2. I have experience living and working with native English speakers for over 3 years.
  3. I’ve collected 20-plus English dictionaries and English stylistic/usage books.
  4. I am a member of both Taipei Translators & Interpreters Union and Taiwan Association of Translation and Interpretation.
  5. Currently an in-house linguist (translation, among other services) at the world’s largest translation company, TransPerfect.


翻譯公會會員證 (正面)


  1. Scored 990 points (the highest possible score) on the TOEIC test in 2013 without prior overseas or equivalent exposure. toeic 990
  2. I have a strong history of demonstrating a high command of overall English skills. (speaking sample)
  3. Got accepted to the GITI (Chinese-English pair) at Fu Jen University (one of the leading translation graduate programs on the island) on the first try.
  4. Passed the screening test (Chinese to English) of Linguitronics, the leading translation agency in Taiwan, on the first attempt.
  5.  Translated 10-plus books (not published yet).

    (Trivia: Prior to going to GSIA in 2011, an English-taught graduate program [albeit with only one English native speaker on staff during my stay] under the international college at Ming Chuan University, a local university with dominantly Chinese-taught programs, I had NOT attended Taipei American School or any other similar English-taught schools, which proves that I am an efficient, committed, and diligent learner.)

Service information:

  • Translating documents in the fields of literature, business, education, politics, international relations, marketing, among others, from English to Chinese and vice versa.

E-C Rates per source word:  $0.08 – $0.11 USD

C-E Rates per source word: $0.08~$0.13 USD

       Chinese/ English editing rates: the corresponding translation rate x 0.4 x total word count of the file to be edited

The actual rate depends on the difficulty (i.e. how technical the content is), word count, and urgency of the case.

  • Editing services: polishing otherwise decent documents that are marred by poor English and awkward syntax (temporarily not available)

    Rates range from $0.02-$0.06 USD per source word (i.e. English word)

  • Liaison and  consecutive interpretation services in the aforementioned fields.
  • Simultaneous interpretation services in a not-too-technical setting.
consecutive interpreting: $310 USD / half a day 
Liaison interpreting: $ 155 USD/ half a day
bilingual MC service: $ 110 USD/ half a day

Free Trial: Regarding translation and editing services, I can provide you with a free trial service with 100-150 words upon request. (Please feel free see the work samples on this blog to get a feel of my translation skills and style.)

As for an assessment of my oral proficiency in English, you can do so by calling me on Skype (ID: alvisspeaking)  or LINE (alvis514).

Availability (ever-updating):

Currently a part-time freelance translator/interpreter based in Tokyo.

Available for small or none-urgent cases. For big or time-sensitive cases, please contact me via email. Thank you! (alvisspeaking@gmail.com)

Translation/editing sample:



Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, liaison interpreting

New Taipei City Government (2015 New Taipei City International Trade Fair; I was a contract one-day interpreter providing CHEN consecutive interpreting service at an international trade fair held by the New Taipei Government.)

PTSGI‘s partner freelance interpreter (I interpreted during a technical meeting for the 2016 International Children’s Games [ICG] held in New Taipei City.)

imagelephant (a Taiwanese advertisement production house; I interpreted for them during their teleconference with an Australian client, from Chinese into English and vice versa.)


Yao Shun Language Services Limited In-house translator (C<->E) (2014/08-2015/02)

PACE (It’s a Singaporean company for whom I’ve translated 10 textbooks [organizational management; English to Traditional Chinese], though they are not published as yet.)

Meet the Translators  partner translator/interpreter

Major Science (A California-based company that designs, manufactures, and markets laboratory equipment that supports scientific research in life sciences laboratories ;Web localization, from English to Traditional Chinese)

Linguitronics (a leading translation agency in Taiwan; I work with them as a CH to EN freelance translator)

Blue Moon Films (a Taiwanese advertisement production house; I translated a storyboard and business letters from Chinese into English for them.)

Testimonials: Please click here.

Personal websites:

Contact Info:

Email: alvisspeaking@gmail.com

Line: alvis514

Skype: alvisspeaking

Cell: +818021461409

CAT tools: 

Memsource Editor

SDL Edit (2007)

SDL Trados Studio 2014


Wordfast (cloud version)

Payment methods:

Wire transfer (into my Taiwan bank accounts)

Paypal (alvisspeaking@gmail.com; my PayPal.Me link)

Personal reference book collection (partial):

As a life-long student of the English language who considers learning languages (esp English, evidently) as a labor of love, I’ve so far collected 20-plus reference books, English monolingual dictionaries among them, for personal interest as well as professional tools. By the way, most of my collected dictionaries are in the CD/DVD format, so they’re all literally at my fingertip. You can see my partial collection below.

To view my complete collection, however, please click here.




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Thanks for your time.


Alvis Yu