13 June 2014

Karaoke カラオケ

Karaoke is a simple sound combination of the of Japanese kara "empty" and ōkesutora オーケストラ "orchestra.”  (Note that kara is also in karate – “empty” and then te “hand.”)

It is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music (a music video) using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically a well-known pop song minus the lead vocal. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing color, or music video images, to guide the singer.  (from Wikipedia)

There are family/small group karaoke businesses.  The facility will have several rooms with karaoke machines, microphones, and a couch.  For an hourly fee a family/small group can use the room and also purchase ice cream and other treats to eat in the room.
Some karaoke systems rate your singing.  Disney movie soundtracks are very popular.