Celebration of Happiness (13) – Karaoke (Japan, Korea)


"Free Yourself From Self-Induced, Self-Limiting Inhibitions"


Dance like nobody’s watching, sing like nobody’s listening and live today as if there is going to be no tomorrow! Mankind constantly needs a reminder to make use of the human life that they have got and live it to the fullest before death embraces their mortal bodies.



Karaoke is a very popular group activity around the world with many bars and restaurants maintaining the facility for their guests and holding special karaoke nights around the world. It originates from Japan, though. Initially used by artists who recorded their orchestra and studio sounds to practice later or to perform where orchestras could not reach. Thus, started this fun activity that people love the world around.


A karaoke booth or box, is where people usually enjoy this fun singing game. It basically has an electronic device which plays the background music of famous songs along with the lyrics being displayed on the screen for the singer to read and sing along. It is a great way to celebrate with friends and family. The idea is to let go of the apprehensions and inhibitions and set yourself free of the thought “What will people say?”. It is a great way to lift the numerous bounds and limitations that we wrap ourselves in and which stop us from living a free life.


Sing Your Heart Out

The idea is to enjoy without being a critic or worrying of somebody’s criticism. Gather your friends and family and get a karaoke set up and sing along the tunes of your favourite songs. Don’t bother about your voice or your tones – just feel free and enjoy the sport.

 This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)


Piyuesh Modi