KARAOKE ~日本とイギリスでどう違うか~




全員楽しめたかな? 大声で、YES!!
イギリスのカラオケと違っていたかな? もちろん、YES!!
またやりたい? YES!!!
英語をブラッシュアップしたい日本人に、カラオケは役に立つかな? 間違いない!!!

Are Japanese Karaoke and English Karaoke different?

Recently my brother visited Japan for the first time. My family and friends were interested in showing him how we do Karaoke in Japan and the huge surprise he got when he saw how differently Karaoke is done in Japan compared to the U.K. In the UK Karaoke is usually done at a local pub. Pubs would advertise that a particular night is Karaoke night, just like a live music night or a fancy dress night with the intention of bringing in more customers. The people who attend choose the tracks they would like to sing on a first come first served basis usually from a large book directory. They also register their names along with the song they are going to be singing so there is no confusion over who is singing which track. The customers then perform their song in front of the entire pub audience which can be quite intimidating and nerve racking, especially if you are not used to singing in front of many people and have a poor singing voice! Many people have a good time as they think that after a few alcoholic drinks that they have a wonderful singing voice J The Karaoke electronic equipment is often rented especially for the occasion and brought to the venue and brought out especially for the occasion and most Karaoke is performed up until 11:00 p.m. when the pub closes for the night. Heading to a Karaoke bar in Tokyo on a winter Tuesday night was quite an eye-opener. For a start, individual ‘Karaoke rooms’ can be rented by the hour depending on the number of participants etc. The rooms are well equipped with bench style seats, tables, a main Karaoke monitor etc. Songs are selected on a tablet style device with search functions by genre, song, artist etc as well as several wireless microphones for those that really want to strut their stuff or sing alongside a partner in a duo. Drinks and food can be ordered delivered to the room via a wall mounted telephone. The walls are generally soundproofed (luckily) and there is an atmosphere of camaraderie as you are singing with friends and acquaintances rather than to a group of strangers. People are less inhibited and more open to try songs they are not that familiar with because they are with friends who are also there just to enjoy themselves. Something we all realized from our experience was how beneficial it was for our language development. We were able to read and sing along to the Japanese lyrics (written in both Kanji / Hiragana / Romanji). This was good for both our reading practice skills and expressive language skills too. The same could be said for the songs in English with many of our Japanese friends choosing famous English songs such by The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson etc. Was a good time had by all? A big YES, Was it very different to U.K Karaoke? Most Certainly, YES. Would we do it again? YES. Was it useful for Japanese hoping to improve their English? Without a doubt! Go on, give it a try!