It would have been a real shame leaving Tokyo without experiencing karaoke, so on one of our final days there, we looked up the venues in the neighborhood for a night of singing. The choice fell on Big Echo Karaokebar, only a 10 minute walk from our Marunouchi hotel.
Before we booked a table at the karaoke bar, however, we made a pit stop for some food and (lots of drinks) at the bar next door as a warm-up. Then we booked a private room with a big TV screen and two microphones for the six of us (with additional drinks to further loosen up the vocal cords…).
Earlier in the day, a couple of the boys were a bit skeptical of the whole karaoke thing and claimed audience status only. But, being in the room with a drink (as in many) in their hand, made that skepticism evaporate within minutes. The whole room took off and we went all in singing wise. We (of course) felt that we were really nailing it, but in retrospect, I think we made a wise call deciding to prohibit audio/video recording of the seance.
Our plan was to only book the room for like 30 minutes to an hour, but 3,5 hour later the staff practically had to force the microphones out of our hands. A super fun experience, and the possibility of booking a private room made even the shyest of us break out in singing.