karaoke

Sing your Heart Out! Tokyo’s Unique Karaoke Shops

Japan is the birthplace of karaoke. Karaoke comes from the word kara, meaning “empty” and oke, short for “orchestra”. It has been a favorite pastime for many people around the world. Imagine having more than 9,000 karaoke shops in your country! This is the case in Japan. If you happen to be in Tokyo and…

Karaoke Magic – old and young, in groups and by yourself!

Probably Japanese would not sing or dance in a large public space, but in a cosy small room with special lighting effects, they go wild. That’s Karaoke magic. This is a close up guide to the mysterious Japanese Karaoke culture. Karaoke transformation Originally, Karaoke was targeted at grown-ups in their 20s and 30s with jobs,…

Accommodation on a shoestring budget. The unconventional options!

In the previous article I covered all the conventional options for the budget traveler. This time, in the second and final installment of this series, I will be covering a few unconventional options for the more adventurous individuals (or those who blaze into town at the last moment without any reservations, especially during peak-seasons). Do…

4 most popular night activities in Japan

Whether you enjoy going out to a bar for a drink, taking your partner to a movie, or just hanging out with your friends, Japan has a variety of different activities and places for you to sample! Here is a short list of popular activities and locations that most Japanese engage themselves in when it’s…