どうも〜ヒュウです!2週間空けてしまいました。すみません。

まとめて書いた方が読みやすいと思ったので英語は日本語文の下にまとめて載せてます!

Hi it's Hugh! Sorry I missed to update twice..
I thought it's easier to read so I put all the English part below the Japanse blog!

昨日は友達の誕生日パーティーで、久々にカラオケ屋さんに行ってきました!

カラオケ屋さんと言っても、日本とアメリカではたいぶスタイルが違います。

まず発音は『カラオケ』ではなく、『キャラオキ』
この発音が意外と難しい(^^;)
とある仕事で車を借りに行く時に、会社名を伝えるんだけど、残念な事にあまり一回で通じた事がほとんどありません。。何が問題なのだろう? 今夜もその仕事が入ってるので一回で通じるよう頑張りますw



それはさておき、
日本の場合、カラオケ屋さんと言えば個室が当たり前。というかスナックとかでもない限り個室しかないとこがほとんどだと思う。

アメリカの場合はカウンター式バーのテレビで歌いたい人たちがサインアップして好きに歌って行く。
全く知らない人とかとも当然一緒に盛り上がるし、宴会会場みたいな感じだ。

そんでそういうのが嫌とか身内だけでやりたいとか、待たずにバンバン歌いたいという人だけ個室を使うって感じだね。


俺の大学付近ではカラオケ屋さんなんてものはなく、毎週木曜日の夜だけ、カラオケ好きなおっちゃんがバーにカラオケマシーンごと持って来て俺らに歌わせてくれてた。

俺が日本でカラオケをした時は個室だけだったもんだから、個人がカラオケマシーンをお店に持って来るとかかなり新鮮でした。

昨日のカラオケは日系だったので日本の曲もあり、俺がカラオケで必ず歌う歌を最後に披露してきました。

皆さん、石川さゆりをご存知ですか? そう、あの演歌歌手です。

彼女の津軽海峡冬景色は最高ですね!

でも俺がカラオケで歌うのはこっち

『天城越え』


成人式のあとの同窓会で初めてカラオケで歌ったのですがそれ以来必ず歌いますw

良い曲ですよね(^^)
因に英語で書いた方に載せた映像には英字幕が付いてます!そっちの方はまだ若かりし時の石川さゆりで、歌い方も違っていて、やはりそっちの歌もいいですよ!


ここからは宣伝!
3-16-gig
来週の土曜日にアッパーイーストにあるBar Eastという場所で夜8時からライブをします!!

今回は45分間演奏します!!

入場料は$10、+2ドリンクミニマムという事です!

場所: Bar East(Between 89th and 90th Street on 1st Ave.)

もし予定が空いてたら是非遊びに聞きに来てください!!

ではまた来週!


NOW ENGLSIH!!


So yesterday was my friend's birthday party and we went to a karaoke bar!

Karaoke is from Japan but the karaoke here and in Japan is pre-different.

Firstable, the pronounciation is different :) We say it karaoke, but the americans pronounce like Charaoky.
I don't know why but this is kind a difficult to pronounce for me.
At one of my job, I have to go get a van for a karaoke company and when you pick up the van, you'll have to tell them your company name. I say "I'm from Karaoke" but most of the time they don't get it by once. I have to repeat couple times..  I have that job tonight so hopefully I can say it correctly..


anyway,

In Japan, when you say let's go to Karaoke, most likely you'll have a private room. Unless you go to a snack karaoke bar, most of the places don't have a public space to sing.

In the US, most likely you will sing at a counter bar with all the other people that you may don't know each other.
And if you want to sing a lot or just want to have a private space, then people will use the private karaoke room.

The town where I went to a universtiy, there wasn't any karaoke bar.. but every Thursday night,
one old man who is an awesome Karaoke lover, brought karaoke machine to a bar  and let us sing that night.

When I did karaoke in Japan, it always had been at a private room and you know.. at karaoke store, so that the american way of doing karaoke, "bringing" karaoke was very interesting to me. I'm not saying we don't do that in Japan but I just think it's very rare compare to the US.

The karaoke bar we went last night was running by Japanese people so they had a few Japanese songs at there.  Therefore I decided to sing one of my favorite songs to sing at a karaoke!

Do you know Sayuri Ishikawa?  She is an Enka singer. Enka is a Japanese traditional music.

I really love her song call "Tsugarukaikyo fuyugeshiki"

but the one I sing always is this one

Journey beyond the Amagi gap (Amagi goe)


I sang this song at the reunion of my Junior high school when I turned to 20. Since then this is a song that I have to sing at a Karaoke if they have :)

It's a great song isn't it?
The video I put on in the Japanese part doesn't have the english subtitle but she is older. The way she sings is different and I really love it both!

NOW I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO MY GIG!!!
3-16-gig

March 16th, from 8pm
@ Bar East (between 89th and 90th St, on 1st Ave.)

$10 at the door + 2 drinks minimum

We'll play for 45 minutes!!
Please come if you are free on that night! It's gonna be fun!!