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Japanese audiences are renowned as some of the world’s most respectful listeners, but for musicians accustomed to getting more raucous receptions elsewhere, the experience can be a little unnerving.

When New York-based jazz composer Miho Hazama returned to her native Tokyo a few years ago to play a show in support of her debut album, “Journey to Journey,” she recalls that the crowd’s demure applause left her flummoxed.

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