Karaoke at Duet - Nihongo Dake - Speak only Japanese

  • March 24, 2012 · 3:00 PM
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* Call or text Lauren A. at[masked] if you have any problems or get there after 3PM; The reservation is under the name Lauren.

Let's go and sing some Japanese tunes at a Japanese-run Karaoke Box in NYC from 3PM until 8PM. Karaoke is only $14 dollars to sing all afternoon up until 8 PM on Saturday afternoons.

This is a joint meetup with my other group Japanese 24/7 where we only speak Japanese when we are together.  Therefore, let's only speak in Japanese during this meetup (following the rules that if you cannot say it in Japanese, that you write it down on a piece of paper in English.)  http://www.meetup.com/Japanese-Language-247...


Karaoke Duet 48 has a book FILLED with Japanese songs as big as a telephone book. http://www.karaokedue... They also have the latest songs too! You can search their data base of songs by artist, title or song lyrics here: http://www.clubdam.co...

The song lyrics scroll across the bottom of the screen in Kanji with Furigana. If you don't know how to read in Japanese yet, you can print out the lyrics to your favorite songs in Romaji beforehand, or look them up on your phone / tablet / laptop when you get there.

You can bring food from outside, but all drinks must be purchased there since they have a full bar. Make sure to bring your ID if you plan on having some drinks. They also have snacks you can purchase, or you can order in from Karaoke Duet's huge selection of nearby restaurant menus. Last time we found a place that had 3 rolls of sushi and a soup or salad for $11.

If you need to drive in to NYC, there is a deck located right across the street from the Karaoke place. Print out the coupon and park for only $11 for 12 hours: http://www.iconparkin...

PLAZA 48 PARKING LLC 329

East 48th Street

Enter 329 East 48th or 336 East 49th Sts between 1st and 2nd Avenues

Hope to see you there!

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  • Emily

    It was fun! It was also good Japanese practice :) We did jikoshoukai before starting karaoke! Wish we had lunch or something first to get to know each other better ^^

    March 27, 2012

  • Jessica

    It was nice meeting both students of Japanese and native Japanese speakers with the same love of karaoke. The language restriction (Japanese only!) made it a little bit difficult to meet people for a first gathering where I knew no one beforehand, but I'm sure the first official gathering won't have that problem!

    March 26, 2012

  • Isabelle A.

    tanoshikatta kedo sugi ha Heya ga san shitsu arubekida.

    March 26, 2012

  • Jack

    It was fun. Good mix of Americans learning Japanese and Japanese people. The Americans' level of Japanese was unexpectedly high!

    March 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It would be more fun if Japanese language learners and native Japanese speakers are encouraged to speak to one another more.

    March 26, 2012

  • Emily H.

    I had a blast!!

    March 26, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    The former member is a no-show who did not respond to any of my emails. I should have deleted her from the event before I deleted her from the group.. oops

    March 25, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    This had to be one of the best karaoke trips ever! We spoke only in Japanese the entire time, made lots of new friends, met up with old ones, and sang so many great songs. I can't wait to do this again!

    March 25, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    So we could have gotten a bigger room but we would have had to leave at 6:30... so let's stay with this room. It's possible some people won't come anyway. I also set up another meetup next week that has room for 20 people.

    March 22, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    If it is the same two people you were saying that you were bringing originally then it is fine.

    1 · March 22, 2012

  • Emily

    Would it be okay if I have two people join for the last hour or so?? ><

    March 22, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    I am going to call today to see if we can get a bigger room, and I am double checking with my NJ friends to make sure they are still going. One person was IM'ing me yesterday saying he wasn't sure... if someone drops out or I can make the room bigger, I will open up more spots!

    1 · March 22, 2012

  • Jessica

    Arara, it's all filled up. My Saturday freed up and I'd like to attend, would it be okay for me to come even if there are no spots available here?

    March 22, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    Of course not! Can't wait to meet you!

    March 20, 2012

  • Emily H.

    Hi! I saw this being advertised on one of the L'Arc facebook pages, and thought I'd come check it out. I hope you don't mind! =D

    1 · March 20, 2012

  • Lauren A.

    Per Chamcham: "I would say that Karaoke Duet 48 is the best karaoke spot in New York for Japanese songs. They upgraded to the PremierDAM (google for it) karaoke system. Karaoke Duet 35 still hasn't done that AFAIK. Some places use BBCyberDAM, which is a lower grade version with less songs. The company that makes DAM is the largest karaoke corporation in Japan and always has the latest songs (updated automatically). There's no other Karaoke place in NYC that has up-to-date Japanese songs"

    March 20, 2012

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