Karaoke consists of a track from which the vocals have been removed in order for people to sing along. At first people, sang along the backing music playing from a tape in bars and social meeting places. But nowadays, more cozy and private spaced “Karaoke Box” where people can sing songs along with videos showing lyrics in the subtitles on the screen in the room made karaoke explosively popular. Later, the variety of songs installed in karaoke expanded from not only Japanese songs but also in English, English, Chinese and Korean. High-tech remote controllers took over printed “song books”, with which people can search a song they want to sing and they can now sing international songs in their language.
Some of the latest remote controllers are compatible with multiple languages. You can search a song by artists or titles and even order food and drinks.
Find your favorite room
Almost all of the karaoke places offer a variety of rooms from party rooms for many people to private rooms for fewer people. Some places have rooms with a unique interior so, have fun looking for your favorite karaoke place.
Lately, Karaoke rooms for 1 person also have become popular to meet the demands where people want to sing or practice without worrying about other people.
Here in Japan, where cosplay is popular due to anime, it seems those who are hesitating to try serious cosplay can easily enjoy cosplay with rental costumes in the karaoke box. The most well known karaoke place for cosplay is Karaoke No Tetsujin. Most places have cosplay costumes.
Karaoke Adores Akihabara is popular for anime costumes.
Some karaoke places offer Japanese traditional clothing such as yukata.
Karaoke places popular for costumes
How to use a Karaoke Box
In Japan, rental private rooms are the standard. Some places offer different packages but usually you will pay for rooms per hour for each person. If the room is not booked, you can also extend your time. Most places offer all-you-can-drink service for a fixed time. You may also get a discount during the day and late night on weekdays, so it is better to consider when to use those rooms.