Japanese love to sing. It is popular for several reasons: It
is a way to unwind after a stressful day at the office. It is also
an effective way to establish a good relationship with staff members or
business colleagues. Do not underestimate the importance of karaoke,
and be sure to accept invitations to drop by your host's favorite karaoke bar.
Caution: Be sure to pronounce the word correctly!
The correct pronunciation is "kara-OK", not "kari-oki".
Karaoke comes from "kara" means
empty in Japanese, and "oke", which is short for
orchestra. The meaning is "empty orchestra, representing the
sound system found in most bars. In other words, there is no live
orchestra present, only a machine.
Almost everyone gets invited to a Karaoke Bar at some time or
another. Be prepared to sing, and be prepared with a few
selections that you know relatively well. You do not need to be a good
singer, but you need to participate in the activity as a member of the
group. Donít be shy - show you are a good sport!
The Japanese take their singing very seriously. Many visit their favorite
bar and practice religiously. There are schools in Japan that teach
karaoke. Even when singing in bars one needs to take into
consideration the rank of people in the group. Defer to your host-and wait
to be asked. If you really want to impress your colleagues, learn a
couple of songs in Japanese!
If you have never been to a karaoke bar, we will be happy to
introduce you to the experience, and assist you with your repertoire!
Please contact us.