-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
Photo by Hoshino
I don't much care for karaoke, but a few times a year I desperately want to sing.
Yesterday was just the day for singing.
I asked my friends come to a karaoke place in Roppongi (六本木, my nearest entertainment district in Minato Ward) and enjoyed singing for few hours with them.
In Japan today karaoke places are classified in two groups: one is a karaoke box (as pictured below) offering rooms containing karaoke equipment rented by the hour, and the other is a karaoke bar or lounge (as pictured above). While we enjoy karaoke within the fold of your companions in a karaoke box, in a karaoke bar we should sing a song in front of other people. In general, in Japan the former style is popular with relatively young people, and the latter with older people.
I usually go to a karaoke box because we enjoy it in my (our) own sweet way.
Karaoke is an extraordinarily common leisure activity in Japan, and the way of enjoying it varies according to a generation and taste in music. Personally, I find pleasure in picking a today’s theme, for example a specific composer, lyricist and singer, and savoring melodies, lyrics and typical style of the period. It’s interesting that music reflects the values of a particular time.
Well, anyway, never mind me.
Have it your way.
“Don't worry if it's not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing a song!”