Upmarket and themed karaoke spaces

August 5th, 2011 by Felicity Hughes

In recent years we’ve seen celebrities “design” perfumes and clothes collections, but we haven’t seen a celebrity designed karakoke space before until we stumbled on this piece in Tokyo Walker. The article explains how singer, gravure idol and actress Kie Kitano has produced a super girly karaoke room for Jankara karaoke in Sangenjaya.

The pastel-colored room, which contains stuffed bears and comfy sofas, is just one of many in the store that are decorated with a little more class than your average karaoke booth. Jankara are pushing the concept of Rirakara (relaxing karaoke); using better quality décor and furnishings, it looks like they’re aiming to attract a more mature crowd than giggling gangs of high school students. Rooms themed on the ’80s and ’90s cater to those nostalgic for their childhood, with hit-record lists, anime figures and plastic models of that era prominently displayed. Other rooms include a tasteful tatami room and a four seasons room.

High-end karaoke booths exist elsewhere, however, as do themed rooms. Bagus, for instance, run a classy karakoke facility in upmarket Hibiya. Marble tabletops and sleek metallic surfaces are a world away from your typical karaoke environment. In terms of concept booths, my favorite has to be the Evangelion room at Pasela Akiba. The same building houses a variety of other themed booths, so if you’re not an anime freak, they’ll still be something to tickle your fancy.

Visitors to Tokyo might also want to pop into Karaoke-kan in Shibuya. Not only do they have a variety of groovy rooms, but its also the location where Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray got their groove on in “Lost in Translation.”

Have you ever stumbled across an unusual karaoke room? Let us know.

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