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Karaoke is the gift Japan gave the world, and in Tokyo anyone can sing their heart out in a number of different ways. There are regular karaoke ‘boxes’ for you and your friends, one-person hitokara booths for shy crooners, and establishments specialising in anime songs, J-pop or other under-the-radar genres.
One of the more curious styles is live-band karaoke, in which your singing is accompanied by real musicians who are not afraid to switch up the tempo or improvise in other creative ways. Think you can handle the pressure of fronting a live band? Head to one of these six Tokyo spots to find out.