Correct me if I am wrong here, but has karaoke gone a full circle in terms of its appeal to the masses? Back when karaoke was all the rage, you basically invited just about anyone with a vocal chord, never mind if the singing skills (or rather, the lack of it) is enough to wake up the dead and cause a full scale zombie-calypse. Right now, singing alone might be the next big thing, as a select Japanese firm decided to figure out how you can just croon the night away without having to have your mates or friends cringe at your lack of vocal skills.

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I suppose one way of doing so would be to rent a room all by yourself, but that would end up being mighty expensive in the long run, which is why the 1Kara was launched, where these single-occupancy karaoke booths will come complete with a chair, a microphone, headphones, and a tiny display to show off the lyrics. Bawl your lungs out, this is a sound-proofed room, and at 600 yen per hour, it might be the perfect place to get away from the day’s stress, even if it is for a while.

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