Don’t be shy … Sing karaoke in Harajuku and win a free crepe

Posted at 12:07 pm, February 19, 2015 in Around Town, Culture, Music, Travel

When in Japan, do as the Japanese do. In this case, we’re talking about karaoke and one very new spot where you can put your singing skills to the test – for free. At the recently opened Moshi Moshi Box tourist information centre, you’ll find the Harajuku Kawaii Room ready and waiting. You simply need to register your details at the tourist centre and you get instant access.

When we visited, we took part in the singing challenge, which is a special offer available on Wednesdays and Sundays in which you can win a free crepe if you notch up more than 90 points on the karaoke machine (scroll down to see how we fared). And don’t worry, the room is soundproof so even though passersby might stop and stare, they won’t be able to actually hear your rendition of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Brianstorm’.

The room is equipped with a DAM karaoke machine (very easy to navigate and featuring plenty of English-language songs), while the colourful interior was designed by kawaii impresario Sebastian Masuda, J-pop singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s stage art director, who also designed the big world clock on the side of the Moshi Moshi Box building.

Okay so we didn’t quite make it to 90 points…

And we were clearly no match for this local lady who popped in and snapped up the free crepe, no problem.

See if you can do better than us? Let us know.

For map and contact details, click here 

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