One of the many things I love about living in Japan is karaoke. While I was able to experience karaoke bars and karaoke machines (oh, the karaoke machines) in America, going to a karaoke parlor in Japan is a completely different experience. Each party gets their own, private room to themselves. You can really cut loose and enjoy yourself while singing. There is a food service, too. Many karaoke places offer an all-you-can-drink deal, which is very convenient and can really add fuel to the karaoke fire. You can find a karaoke parlor open nearby, no matter where you are, at any time. Karaoke is a great way to finish a night out with friends.
Many times, when I hold an event with the students at my school in Fukushima (スミス英会話福島), we will go to a karaoke place and sing together. It’s very fun and I know that the students love it. The song selection is rather varied and extensive, including songs from all over the world. I prefer Queen, David Bowie, and the Beastie Boys but, from time to time, will sing a Japanese song. My favorite is Shima Uta.
This weekend, I will travel to Nagoya to visit some friend from college. We are already planning at least 3 hours of karaoke. I’m very much looking forward to it!