Today is a good day for me. I woke up early, went down to gym only to find the condo is celebrating it’s first year anniversary and they’re going to throw a party tonight. Ah.. I love celebrations.
I called up a friend to go grocery shopping with me, decide to cook and eat in for a change today. Something I have not done in a lonnng time. I also realized my stamina is down the pits because after 15 minutes on the treadmill, I was out of breath (well not really, but probably didn’t really push myself that hard).
Anyway, this is getting out of topic, will talk about my journey to healthy home cook food in the next entry. Now, let’s get back to the title.
Karaoke. Ah… the friend and family bonding Asian cultural event. No where else apart from the Eastern Asia have I seen businesses built solely on the concept of many cubicle rooms in a tight area for the purpose of letting groups of young and the old singing to a box.
Ask any Caucasion, they probably think Karaoke means sitting on a stool on stage in a bar singing to a crowd of ignorant dull audience who are busy drinking beers.
But not to Asian culture. No.
Karaoke is like, part of our live. Part of growing up, of weekly entertainment, of social networking, a place where you celebrate your birthday, your after company dinner event, your farewell party. It’s everything that we are. We Asians love singing! To ourselves.
Because we are shy, we don’t like singing to a sea of strangers, we like to torture our friends with our croaks, we like to be intimately cramped up in a dark and small confined area. Or maybe that was just me?
Now, for all Malaysian, Asians, even Japanese who have not been to Tokyo before and the rest of the world. This is Karaoke in Tokyo, Japan.
Wait wait.. I know you’re going to say it looks exactly the same as it is in Malaysia. But it’s not! Oh… it’s so not!
The experience of karaoke in Tokyo is simply breath-taking. Not because the girls are so damn hot and cute, and the guys too, not because of the wide variety of song selections from Spanish song by Shakira,
to Chinese song by Andy Lau,
And you'd think they only have Japanese songs, Korean the most.
Even got Japanese katagana pronunciation~
Not because of the super systematic count of the minutes and seconds record
Not because of the calories counter shown at the bottom of the screen once each song is finished to show how much weight you have lost by singing,
And not because of the extensive wide selection of delicious so-good-can-die dessert menu to keep your endorphins pumping while you sing,
Also the calories stats to show you how many songs you need to sing to counter the dessert guilt
That’s 182 songs for a sundae.
Blinking lychees cost RM6 for 6?!
Nope, not even the awesomest karaoke remote - which no longer requires you to sit so close to the screen to choose your songs but to pick the songs like how you operate a palm pc from where you are from the remote, marks the uniqueness of karaoke session in Tokyo.
And there are MORE THAN ONE so you don’t need to fight with your friend over the remote!!
Nay, not even this fancy top of the line gadget define the distinctiveness of the karaoke here
The one thing that sets your experience karaoke-ing anywhere else in Asia apart, the ultimate thrill of going for karaoke in Tokyo is…
the fact that you are paying RM14 (480 yen from 7pm – 6am on a weekend) for an HALF HOUR SESSION PER PERSON TO SING KARAOKE IN TOKYO!!!!!!!
That means if you and your friend visit this place on a weekend evening and decide to sing for three hours (which is the minimum time frame for most of us),
480 yen * 2 person * 6 half hours = ……
YOU ARE PAYING 5760 YEN FOR A KARAOKE SESSION. THAT’S A FREAKING RM170 (USD 50) EXLUDING TAX AND DRINKS AND DESSERTS AND SNACKS!!!!!
HOLY ZEUS HERCULES!!!!
WHO THE F*CK IN THEIR RIGHT MIND GO SING K IN TOKYO JAPAN!!!!!
I went back for another 3 hours session two days later.