Japan is filled with many entertaining things to do, but one of the most popular past times in the country is karaoke. As the Eat Your Kimchi duo found out this week, it seems like Japan take their karaoke sessions very seriously!
The one thing that really makes Japanese karaoke stand out, according to Simon and Martina, is the sheer size of the buildings.
South Korean karaoke places are quite small, but Japanese karaoke places are multistory behemoths covered with gigantic letters spelling out "KARAOKE." As Simon and Martina found out this week, Japan also take the actual karaoke-ing quite seriously, so much so that there's a very "interesting," adults-only reward and punishment system built into the karaoke machines.
JOYSOUND is one of Japan's most popular chain of karaoke places and its karaoke machines take singing very seriously, measuring the pitch and accuracy of every singer who steps up. For singers who hit all the notes and perform well, these machines "reward" them with sexy pictures of scantily-clad women and the like. But for those who don't have the voice of Adele, they will be rewarded with decidedly unsexy pictures of men and other unwomanly "punishments." As for those who are gay, there's also the option of swapping preferences so everyone is catered for.
The bottom line is, you have to be over 18 and be prepared to take karaoke quite seriously when you visit Japan!
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