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Japanese Karaoke As A Stress Relief

Karaoke has developed from a Japanese pastime to a worldwide staple diet in less than 20 years. You could go to any large city in the world today, and find a karaoke bar or restaurant with eager participants waiting for their chance with the microphone. Karaoke literally translates to empty orchestra in English. As the translation suggests, there is no orchestra, and the music that accompanies the singer is produced by a pre-recorded tape or sound system. Karaoke is seen as entertainment to most of the participants but it can also act as a stress reliever to many people. This article will discuss some ways in which you can use Japanese karaoke as stress relief and some aspects of karaoke that might increase stress.

Karaoke, in western terms, is often a smaller part of a planned night out or office function. The objective of this function is to allow the participants to ‘let off a bit of steam’ and to have a relaxing evening. The evening might include eating a meal, socialising with friends and indulging in other forms of entertainment. In this context, karaoke can be seen to help relieve stress in participants.

Karaoke, in it’s own right, can be seen to allow a singer to indulge in a fantasy of sorts. The participant selects their favourite song and singer and then performs the song in front of other people. In this way, they are acting out the fantasy of being the famous singer. They can play to the crowd by enacting common routines that their idols might perform.

So the wannabe Elvis impersonator can shake his hips as he belts out ‘Viva Las Vegas’. This might be greeted by hoots of laughter or wild applause but the response is all the same to the stress levels of the singer. He is receiving attention, expending energy and acting out the day dreams of his regular life. All these help to reduce the stress in the body.

For people who are less energetic or even extroverted, singing a powerful ballad or love song often gives that person a chance to express in words what they struggle to say in ordinary life. This act of communication to one or many people can help to relieve frustrations that might be felt in a boring job or a mundane existence.

Like music, but more so because the person is directly involved, karaoke can alter the mood by lampooning or satirising the place where the stress comes from. Songs like ‘working 9 to 5’ and ‘take this job and shove it’ are great for job stress relief. Frustration with a persons love life can be reduced by singing ‘it’s raining men’ or other upbeat tunes.

On a negative note, Karaoke can be extremely exhausting and can often last into the early hours, this could impact the bodies ability to recover for the next day which could lead to more stress. Like most things, Karaoke in moderation is the best approach.

Karaoke reduces stress in 3 distinct ways. It allows the person to indulge in a fantasy. It gives them an outlet to vent their physical, mental and spiritual frustrations. And it alters the mood and mindset of the participant.

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