An Efficient Japanese Way to Deal With Stress

I’m not gonna lie; it’s been a rough couple of weeks.

I like to think I’m not one to complain, but things have been piling up. Sad stuff, busy stuff, annoying stuff. A high workload. Snapping at everyone (my poor husband especially). Then today when my student was an hour late for her lesson, I was almost pushed over the edge.

Returning home and thinking of the several thousand words I still had to write to meet today’s quota, I stopped. I just couldn’t face it, not yet.

So I went to karaoke.

Work could wait. I needed to sing. To let out all my anger and frustrations and just scream and yell to some awesome music.

Thing is, in the west, singing karaoke often involves getting together with friends or waiting for karaoke night at the local pub. Over here, there are small rooms where you can go alone or with friends. Food and drink is available and you can stay for as long as you like.

It’s quite normal to see people going alone, often in the daytime. It’s a good way to pass the time… or get over a bad mood.

Going alone is great because you don’t have to worry about hogging it or choosing songs others won’t like. You can sing as loudly and badly as you want. I went there and belted my heart out for an hour.

And I felt loads better.

If you’re ever stressed in Japan, karaoke is a fantastic way to let out your frustrations! And if you visit in the daytime on a weekday, it’s super cheap, too.

Be sure to give it a try, whether it’s therapeutic or just for fun!

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