The word Karaoke originates from the combination of two words: Kara, which means “empty” and ōkesutora which means, I bet you guessed it, “orchestra”. Karaoke is hugely popular in Japan. It consists of singing over instrumental versions of songs with the help of lyrics displayed on a screen in front of the singer. A marker or color shading indicates the syllables that are to be sung. Karaoke bars offer private rooms for your party with a complete Karaoke system. A plethora of alcoholic drinks can be ordered directly from a tablet PC in the room. It is not uncommon for Japanese people to spend all their night in the Karaoke bar. A large collection of English songs are also available.

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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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