Karaoke in Japan

I hear that in other countries, karaoke means singing in public.   That sounds so embarrassing.   I think many Japanese are so shy that they can’t sing in front of many people.  In Japan, karaoke means singing with several friends or even alone in a small private room.   People choose songs by using a remote control device.  The social karaoke website called “Utasuke” is very convenient.  The members don’t need to search for songs every time.   They can log into the site on the remote control and pull out their favorite songs that they saved before.  There is a video camera in the room which enables to take a video of your singing.   It’s possible to superimpose up to five videos.   So, you can sing together with your favorite members on the TV screen.   In addition, you can connect up to two instruments,  such as a guitar or keyboard, with the karaoke machine called ” F1.”  That makes it possible to practice playing them by watching codes running on the screen.  You can play with the people living far away from you.   Don’t you think these things are great?

Some of the members are very good at singing.  One of my Utasuke friends “Manipadme” is a good singer.   She said that she grew up listening to UK and US music.   She hasn’t been to English speaking countries, but her English pronunciation is like a native speaker.   Here is her singing.


By the way, have you heard of the World Karaoke Championships?   This year, it will be held in Lappeenranta, Finland in November.  Check it out!   http://www.kwc.fi/

My First Karaoke Video

It’s been a year since I started karaoke.  Last Sunday, I uploaded my singing videos to a social karaoke website called  “Utasuki” for the first time.   At the karaoke station ”RoundOne”, I usually choose a room with a massage chair, but this time I chose a room with a stage.

round one

I sang “Starships”(Nicki Minaj), “Don’t tell me,” and” Music”(Madonna) there.  Even though I uploaded these videos, I’m not satisfied with them at all.  The main problem for me is hitting the high notes.  I can’t sing them well.  It is said that it gets harder to hit the high notes as people get older because the vocal cords are  muscles.   I should use them more so they don’t shrink.

Watch this PV of Madonna’s song “Don’t tell me”.   Her dancing is very artistic and sophisticated.  It encourages me to start Hip Hop dancing again.  (I’ve been doing other dances this year)  In a fitness center, not only the young but the seniors enjoy Hip Hop dance in the class.  Though I don’t have confidence in my dancing at all,  I want to upload a video of me singing and dancing someday.

I also found this song very interesting .  Maybe it would be only interesting for Madonna fans.   It is very different from the official one.   Her voice is often synthesized a lot,  but her real voice is very attractive.  I love it.

What Do You Think Are The Right Words?


A few days ago, I received a message from one of my Utasuki friends.   “Utasuki” is a social networking service for karaoke.   As for karaoke in Japan, please refer to my previous post.    The message was a request to upload my singing video.   In Japan, the video camera is equiped in each karaoke room.  The Utasuki members can easily videotape their singing scene and upload it for personal or public use in the website.  I’ve never uploaded my videos in public.   As I said before, I’m now practicing Micki Minaj’s song ”Starships.”     My singing is improving little by little.  So, maybe I’ll upload it in the near future as the request.

By the way, when I read the lyrics,  I thought the words didn’t  follow Nicki’s voice.    So, I checked the lyrics.  Then, I found there are many different words in the part!

Jump in my hoopty hoopty hoop, I own that
And I ain’t paying my rent this month, I owe that
But fuck who you want, and fuck who you like
xxxxxx, there’s no end in sight
Twinkle, twinkle little star…

What do you think are the right words in xxxxx?

There’s no light
Dance our life,
That’s our life
Dance all life
Dance all ya life
Dance how a life
Dance your whole life

In addition,  I can hear “sh”sound ” without “t.” in the part “it’s your.”
Get on the floor, floor
Like it’s your last chance
Would anyone explain for that?

Regional Differences in American English

When I was checking Pinterest photos, I came across an interesting one.

“What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?”

american english

“The midwest(blue) calls it “pop,”  the Northeast and West Coast(red) call it “soda,” while the South(green) is really into brand loyalty.”

There is another map which is more interesting to me.

“What is your “general” term for the rubber-soled shoes worn in gym class, for athletic activities, etc?”

sneakers and tennis shoes

“The Northeast and south Florida(blue) puts on sneakers, everyone else finds a pair of tennis shoes.”

Is it true?   In Japan, people call them sneakers.   I wear tennis shoes only for playing tennis.   Please click to see more results.   22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each  Other

I had many comments on Lang-8.  Those are very interesting too.   Comments on Lang-8

The Dialects Are Interesting

Although I had thought the Canadian dialect is only “eh” at the end of the sentence,  one of my blog readers told me about the Newfoundland English.


The red part is “Newfoundland and Labrador”, the easternmost province of Canada.  It reminds me of the breed of dogs with the same name.  Yes, they are from this province.   It seems that their accent is very similar to the people of the west of England and the southeast of Ireland, because Newfoundlanders originally came from those areas.   Some examples are “a vine summer” for a fine summer, “tree of dem” for three of them, “helbow” for elbow, “eel” for heel  from Newfoundland English.

Even in Japan, there are many dialects despite it being a small country.   English has a larger variety of accents worldwide.   I feel that dialects are very interesting, but can be difficult to understand.   This is a funny video.  The comedian, Mark Critch, is lovely.