There is something about Karaoke that makes it Ok to get up in front of strangers and sing your heart out to the tune of your favorite song. It is a strange phenomenon that has had a world wide impact. It is not hard to figure out why Karaoke is so popular!
Its fun! It is just simple fun. It is a way to express yourself and to be entertained. There is no place in the world that loves Karaoke more than Japan. There are high tech Karaoke bars and clubs all over Japan.
Karaoke is a combination of two Japanese words. Kara Oke which roughly translates to empty orchestra. The actual history of this form of entertainment is a little hard to pin down. While some people claim it has it roots in Kobe Japan as early as the 1950′s others claim it is a relatively new idea dreamed up in the 1970′s by an American television show that encouraged viewers to sing along to the bouncing ball that hopped across their screens.
The debate rages on but one thing is for certain Karaoke turns everyone (even the most staunch) into their favorite rock star.
Japan Does Rule
While Karaoke has been a world wide phenomenon Japan does rule when it comes to the lengths that the citizens go to, to be able to Karaoke. Most of the homes in Japan are not acoustically protected so while everyone wanted to Karaoke at home disturbing the neighbors was an issue.
Welcome the Karaoke box! In 1984 the Karaoke box was invented so that anyone could sing their hearts out without having to hit the bar. The box is an acoustically sound proof box that anyone that want to participate in Karaoke can have built in their home or they can pop in and use one in their area.
Japan does rule when it comes to making sure everyone has the chance to try out their skills.
How ever long (depending on who’s account you listen to) Karaoke has been around you can almost guarantee that it is not a fad that is disappearing any time soon. Generations to come will very likely be ready to grab the mike and sing their hearts out.
It is far beyond a fad it has been bumped up to a family tradition for many families! It is clearly here to stay!