Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Karaoke night phase 2

Went out for some more karaoke on Wednesday night with Dennis and his wife Hozumi, Ed, John and Ria. As it turns out, John and I actually met about 10 years ago when I was his observer / controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center and he came through with the fabled 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry, the "Go For Broke" battalion. This was one of the most decorated units of the Second World War, and was a lot of fun to be associated with. He also had the cutest battalion aid station I'd ever seen, as about half of his platoon were these cute little Filipina and Hawaiian girls. It was funny to see them trying to lift up big Samoan guys into the back of the ambulances. But I digress...

Karaoke Wednesdays has become a tradition for the group, and this was the first and last time I could join them. We really had a good time. We got there right at about 5 PM, and sang for 5 hours straight. The movie above is the group singing Hotel California. And, once again, apologies for the crappy cell phone video.

Anyhow, that's one of the many things that I'll miss about Japan...karaoke box places. America just has karaoke nights at bars. Here, you rent a small room with a low table and couch and the system. And then you sing. You pay up front for a certain time, and all the food and drinks are covered. It's a great system.

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