if you don't want to sound odd than You should think about the pronunciation, not the pitch... the pitch does not differ from the one in your language.
I don't understand why Mike is insulting me, i mean You live in Japan... don't you agree with what i said. there are not any special pitches or smth like that. the language is more like flat sounded.
those who were to Japan should know what am I talking about. You don't hear something extra ordinary in the language. only if you come a Ramen-restaurant where the chef goes IRASHAIMASEEE~~~
Why continue to argue that there are no pitch variances in Japanese when we are all telling you that there are? And yes, Mike is in Japan, I was just in Japan myself for 1 month and many times before.. and you can find many resources online and in books to tell you how pitch is varied in Japanese, which is a part of the pronunciation.