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Karaoke infestation

2012-08-15T14:27:31+00:00

Honolulu has a plague, an infestation, of karaoke bars. This is probably because when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they also bought timeshares. There are a shocking number of Japanese in Honolulu. Most of them are actually visitors, not residents, because it’s the closest part of the United States to Japan, and because many things are cheaper in Hawaii than they are in Japan. (I hope they don’t discover that Hawaii’s quite expensive compared to the US mainland, or they’ll all go to the mainland.)

The Japanese love their karaoke. So do the Chinese and the Koreans. I think karaoke is simply a more socially-acceptable form of exhibitionism than, say, streaking at football games. Many people indulge in it here, and a large percentage of them really shouldn’t.

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