Japan, Karaoke Central

By Donnie | Articles

Remember me griping about the Tsukuba Express after missing last train? Well being stranded in Tokyo isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I strolled around a bit, did some walking around in nannanana Station (why I ended up at this particular station, I don’t really recall). Walking around and seeing people out, having fun, is always a nice thing. While walking though, I was surprised to see how many different karaoke joints this area had, and in such close proximity to one another. I think I counted seven or eight different karaoke spots in a twenty-minute walk. I have to say that’s A LOT, even for Japan, karaoke central.

I had my camera on me, so I decided to snap some pictures of some of these places:

One of the nicer-looking, karaoke spots I came across.

Ahh, the neon lights of karaoke.

Sorry for the camera haze, but Big Echo is one of Japan's largest karaoke chains.

Another karaoke spot in the same area.

Yep, another one.

I'll end with this small karaoke spot I found on one side street in the same area.

I’ll be straight with you, I AM DEFINITELY a karaoke fan. I remember when I first came here, I was nervous to even give karaoke a try. I think my first couple of times I didn’t even try to sing because I was self-conscious. After going a few times, I realized that people aren’t nearly as judgmental about people singing, at least not outwardly. The first time I sang, there were no taunts, there was no teasing, like I expected there to be…some of the people were to drunk to sing coherently anyway, so I thought I did pretty well.

Going to karaoke is cool because you run into different types of singers. You run into people who are truly talented singers, others who can hold a tune all that well but are incredibly entertaining to watch, the loud ones, the shy ones, wonderful harmonizers, sexy songstresses, and even ones that hog the mic. If you go with a fun group, karaoke can really be a blast.

I have heard of karaoke bars in the United States, but I don’t know if it’s like karaoke here. Karaoke is big business here and sometimes you can even tell by the rooms: disco balls, laser lights, video screens, the works. I don’t go to karaoke as often as often as I used to. I can’t remember the last time I went actually. Maybe it’s time to start warming up the pipes for a karaoke run.

Are you a karaoke fan? If so, what kind of singer are you? Loud? Tone Deaf? (It’s okay, you can be honest.) I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Until next time,

Donald Ash

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  • Petaris

    Karaoke is something I have never tried but seems interesting. I just feel like I would be soooo nervous and embarrassed singing in front of anyone.

    • Donald Ash

      I was the EXACT same way, Petaris, but trust me, it’s a whole lot easier to do (here in Japan) than it seem. You’ve might actually be good singer and not even know it.

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