This past week Raku and I did a karaoke bootcamp. If you've never done Japanese style karaoke, it's not done in public, but rather a group of friends rents a private room and take turns singing songs. It's always a lot of fun, and the selection of English songs can be pretty entertaining, but I'm really insecure when it comes to singing so it can also be a stressful experience.
Raku and I decided that what I needed to cure myself was an extended karaoke session with just the two of us. We went to our local Karaoke-kan, and wow is it cheap during the day! It's 100 yen for 30 minutes, but if you do more than 3 hours they cap it at 600 yen between noon and 7:00. You just have to order one drink (which we put off until later in the afternoon).
I thought about getting drunk first, my usual method of karaoke courage, but it seemed like doing it sober would be the real test (plus it was 1:00 pm). Raku made up all sorts of games, like singing songs for all the letters in the alphabet, or picking songs based on our costumes. Did I mention, we dressed up!
Partway through the afternoon we did a hilarious photo shoot to get us laughing and give us a second wind. It was actually a blast, and I'd highly recommend it whether you're looking to practice or just want an inexpensive air-conditioned afternoon activity. On weekends they have the same deal for 900 yen.
And now, since I know you're dying to see - our photo shoot!
|Raku scolding me|
|Pretending to be puppies (Raku's face cracks me up!)|