I loved this glimpse into Japan’s karaoke culture. “Shared humiliation” is wonderful and can relax everyone. I always admired individuals who would get up and try it - especially the terrible ones!
Love letters to karaoke in this new world where cramming yourself in a room / bar with strangers for ANY reason is unthinkable.
“The song that’s being sung is indicative of the way the singer drinks and speaks about their life. I see many people’s lives at once during karaoke,” Yakushiji says. “Sometimes you can see that the singer has had an interesting experience, and sometimes they don’t seem so good. But that is also life!”
“Karaoke is a bit like sex: If we aren’t well-acquainted, I’d like to have a few drinks first. And if we work together, I’d rather we do something else.”