Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.
In Japan it is not uncommon to find stores giving you free wine (free sake is also common). In Sweden I have never seen that happen. In the Sapporo Beer museum it used to be the case that if you took the free tour (entrance is also free) you got one beer for free. This was apparently abused by lots of Americans that took the tour over and over again, so now you have to pay 100 yen for a beer.