Karaoke Culture in Japan

Karaoke Culture in Japan

Whilst karaoke is popular across most of eastern Asia, it is often one of the first things that outsiders think of when they picture a social scene or a night out in Japan. Japan has a very unique culture, free from many influences from other cultures of the world. There will be many things that you notice when travelling around Japan, but throw yourself into the karaoke scene and you’ll be sure to make plenty of new friends! Popularity of Karaoke in Japan

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Karaoke has been highly popular in Japan for many years. Even the word, karaoke, literally translates as empty orchestra. It is especially loved and enjoyed by business people in Japan – after a tiring day at work, what better way could there be to wind down than by belting out a few favourite songs, listening to others sing, having a few drinks, and relaxing in a comfortable space?! Whilst there are numerous public karaoke bars, there are also many that have private spaces that can be booked by a group of people, making it lots of fun with friends. Overview of Karaoke in Japan

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There are bars and clubs that exist solely to offer karaoke, many of which are open all around the clock. No matter what time of the day or night you want to let off steam, you’ll find somewhere not too far away! Karaoke is such an important thing in Japan that some people hire singing coaches to improve their karaoke performance! The bar is high! Karaoke establishments typically charge by the hour. The usual rate isn’t normally that expensive, making it quite an affordable pastime for enthusiasts. Karaoke machines in Japan are also known for the strict system of ranking that they employ to rate the performance of a person. It’s not just about giving it your best shot – the machines actually tell you (and others!) how good you were! Although this can be quite a daunting prospect at first, you’ll soon get used to it. Karaoke “battles” and sing-offs are regularly held, with substantial cash prizes the norm for those who can sing like an angel. You’ll notice that there is fierce competition! A karaoke room contains all the equipment you need for a fun few hours of karaoke, and there is, more often than not, a telephone where you can call through orders for drinks, food, and snacks. Sometimes, bars feature all you can eat or drink offers. These offers really pull the crowds in! Singing is just part of the overall experience, with many people using the time to socialise and dine. Business deals may also be made (or broken!) over a few hours of karaoke! The karaoke experience in Japan is much different from many other countries because of the privacy. It is way better having a private room than getting drunk and singing your heart out in front of strangers! Most of the popular songs are in Japanese, although you will still hear people belting out hits from groups such as The Beatles! Don’t worry though – you’ll normally be able to find a decent enough selection of English songs so that you can join in with gusto! Start of Karaoke in Japan

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Despite having humble beginnings, having been discovered by accident in a small town called Kobe, karaoke has grown so much since its early years. Supposedly, a club was let down by its guitarist and so the owner of the club played his recordings whilst encouraging guests to sing along. And this, according to widely-held beliefs, is how karaoke began in Japan. It is now a popular pastime amongst Japanese citizens. Karaoke has managed to make its mark forever in Japanese culture and it looks like it is only going to grow bigger and bigger as time goes on! *** Main Image By www.flickr.com/photos/mgrimord

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