What is Karaoke ?

“Karaoke” (from Japanese “kara”=empty, and “oke”=orchestra) is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and public address system. The music is a well-known song in which the voice of the original singer is removed or reduced in volume. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with changing color, to guide the singer.

The first karaoke machine was invented by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan, in the early 1970s. After becoming popular in Japan, karaoke spread to East and
Southeast Asia during the 1980s and subsequently to other parts of the world in its modern state.

Karaoke soon spread to the rest of Asia and then to the United States in the 1990s, as well as to Canada and other Western countries. As the available selection of music has increased for karaoke machines, more and more people within the industry saw karaoke as a very profitable form of lounge and nightclub entertainment. It is not uncommon for some bars to have karaoke performances seven nights a week, commonly with much more high-end sound equipment than the small, stand-alone machines noted above. Dance floors and lighting effects are also becoming common sights in karaoke bars. Lyrics are often displayed on multiple TV sets around the bar, including big screens.

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A karaoke box that occupies a high-rise building in Shinjuku, Tokyo; this location was featured in the movie Lost In Translation.


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Sing Karaoke and get healthy!

Karaoke is fun! But not only that, Karaoke can make you better! Karaoke can alleviate your stress! Singing Karaoke is good exercise! So good for your diet! Sing Karaoke and make Karaoke friends!

  • Karaoke can alleviate your stress!
  • Singing Karaoke is good exercise! So good for your diet!
  • Sing Karaoke and make Karaoke friends!

"It has been my observation that for many of the patients that we treat, people who are withdrawn and have low self-esteem and low self-confidence, they somehow find the courage to sing karaoke. Maybe it's the power of holding a microphone, maybe it is because this is supposed to be silly and fun, but many step up and are able to enjoy themselves and have a good time, and seem proud of their success."


Matt Gold, CTRS
Director, Recreation Therapy
NYS Psychiatric Institute

(October 24, 2008)