Last week was the pits…not going to sugar coat it, it was! But, who likes ending things on a negative note?...Not me, so moving on to a more positive post!
After the bad news times 3 on Thursday, Nick and I went out for a much needed good time! We went with a few friends to downtown Yokohama for a little karaoke! Whoohoo!
Pics on the train…first time I have been bold enough to whip out my camera while on the train! (Normally it is too crowded and I don’t want to be impolite…however, this night in particular the Japanese stayed away from us, as in literally got up and moved to different seats so that we were in a section of the train by ourselves… I took advantage of the situation for a picture opportunity!)
First we went to a “European” bar. The music, decorations, and drinks on the menu were English/American, but the waiters and customers were very Japanese! Jessica and I ordered some “American Tea” just because of the name, but of course it didn’t taste very American at all!!! (No surprise there!)
Next we went to a Japanese Karaoke place…now Japanese karaoke is not the same as it is in the States. The Japanese do not think it weird at all to sit in a private room, with as little as 2 people, singing to one another!!! (I don’t know why they don’t just buy the box set and do this at their own home, but that’s just me!?!) So in Karaoke places here, that’s what you do, you pay to karaoke, but it’s done in a room with just you and your party….very private, no one else is able to witness you singing like a fool but the people you came with! (I personally would love to observe what is going on inside the other rooms where the Japanese are karaoke-ing….do they sing in English, Japanese, are they loud, silly??? I want to know? One of these times, I am going to “accidentally” walk into the wrong room! Heehehe!)
Jess and I tried to get the boys to sing along with us on our "girly" songs! They weren't having it!
For some reason this night out in particular we got a lot of responses from the Japanese, both men and women! (Seriously it was crazy the way they responded to us…you would think they had never seen Americans before – which is so not the case! However this place in particular, we were the only gaijins in site!) When we walked into the beer garden, people from all over the terrace turned to stare at us. Some people pointed and laughed…don’t know if it was amusing to them that we actually go out and drink, or if we just looked funny???
Three different groups of men came up to our table to take pictures with us and ask questions. Twice we had men bring us drinks to our table!
The two men in the pictures below kept coming back to talk to us...they were a bit inebriated and were definitely entertaining!
Despite the fact that Nick and I have been here almost 2 months and had yet to experience the Japanese favorite hobby of karaoke, we ended up doing it not once but twice this weekend! (Yes I am very horse as a result!)
After leaving the Breeze Garden, the girls and I all took the train back to our starting point. Several of the girls parted ways, calling it an "early" night. A few of us however, decided why not go karaoke?
Nick and Tammy's husband met us at the Karaoke place...they couldn't resist watching us girls sing and be silly!
I think they "actually" sang about 1 song in total...the rest of the time they were just posing!