credit: Kaye Holland
Inspired to visit the Land of the Rising Sun after watching BBC4’s The Art of Japanese Life which saw art historian, Dr James Fox, examine the art and culture of Japan? For a true taste of Japanese life, read on…
Sing, sing, sing
Forget kabuki (stylised Japanese theatre) and kimonos (traditional Japanese robes). It’s karaoke that Japan goes gaga about.
While, in the west, karaoke commonly evokes images of raucous hen parties where scantily clad women boozily belt out Britney, Bon Jovi and off-key renditions of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, in Japan karaoke is big among businessmen, teenage girls in their gym-slips and their grandmothers at the other end of the age spectrum alike. Make no mistake, you can’t escape karaoke: you’ll find branches of major chains - take a bow Big Echo and Karaoke-kan - in every major city.