Fact of the Week
Credit to Research Team: Swee Hng
Prefecture: Whole of Japan
Karaoke in Japan
Hi everyone~ Are you all enjoying your holidays? I sure am! Today for my FTW, I will be doing about karaoke. Did you know that karaoke originated from Japan? (If you knew good for you. If you didn’t, now you do. LOL) I for one didn’t. I thought it originated from America or something. (._.) Karaoke is derived from the words “karappo” and “okesutura” which means empty and orchestra. Put it together and you have empty orchestra.
The history of karaoke
The concept of sing-along music is the precursor to karaoke music. In 1961-1966, the America TV network NBC had such a series known as Sing along with Mitch. Viewers at home get to sing along with the host Mitch Miller as lyrics to the song are shown at the bottom of the screen. However, karaoke was not yet a thing. Later on, in 1971, a musician named Daisuke Inoue from Kobe, Japan, invented the first ever karaoke machine. Karaoke became popular and spread to East and Southeast Asia and then to the rest of the world.
The karaoke machines had a hard time selling in Japan when it was first invented. Reason being that back then, most Japan houses were made of wood so singing at home would be very disturbing to the neighbours. This is why karaoke boxes were born. Karaoke boxes are rooms equipped with karaoke equipment and are usually rented out for time periods. A typical karaoke box establishment usually contains 10-20 of such rooms to be rented. These establishments are usually found in Asia and US. Karaoke box establishments also usually sell refreshments and snacks for customers.
Interesting facts about karaoke
Here are some interesting facts about karaoke:
- There are more than 100 000 karaoke boxes in Japan.
- Philippines has the most in-home karaoke boxes averaging at 1 per home.
- Sinatra’s famous song “My Way” is prohibited in many bars in the Philippines as the lyrics are considered to be arrogant and have provoked attacks on its singers.
- Karaoke World Championships are actually a thing. In fact, it has been a thing for more than 16 years.
- An Italian named Leonardo Polverelli holds the Guinness World Record for the longest karaoke marathon at 1295 songs. He sang for 4 days straight for 101 hours 59 mins and 15 secs.
- China holds the record of longest karaoke session at 456 hours 2 mins and 5 seconds which is a total of 19 days. 6281 songs were sung.
- Karaoke is proven to relief stress, boost confidence and strengthen social connections.
- Did you know there is a 20-story karaoke hotel in Japan?
Here are some recommendations for karaoke boxes in Japan:
- Fioria Shinjuku
This karaoke box is high class and luxurious. It has over 20 rooms and each room have different facilities. There are some rooms with a jacuzzi and some rooms with a loft. There are even a few cosplay rooms.
- Moshi Moshi Box
This is an information centre that provide karaoke services. The outside of the office looks colourful as it is affiliated with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Also, the first song you sing will be free and you will win a crepe if you score above 90 points.
- Manekineko yotsuya sanchome
Manekineko is the largest karaoke chain in Japan. In fact, there are also Manekineko karaoke boxes in Singapore. In Japan, they are famous for their food. It recently got Halal certified but that does not mean any of their flavours are gone. They have delicious curry, ramen, edamame, gyoza and so on.
That’s all for my FTW. Thank you for taking your time to read it. I hope you have learnt something new. Do enjoy the rest of your holidays. Cya. 😊
All pictures belong to their respective owners