New York, NYUSA
November 2, 2012
As I mentioned, I'm a high school science teacher. I teach physics in the South Bronx. At my school, I've started a Japanese Club because I discovered that I wasn't the only one at the school who loved Japanese culture. We are planning on going to Japan in the spring and are in process of raising money for it. I enjoy many forms of sci-fi (Firefly and Star Trek), love video games (survival horror like Resident Evil or Silent Hill) and have a black belt in taekwondo. I am trying to learn Japanese, and have taken lessons and done individual language exchange with others before, but I'm just not very good at languages. I'm hoping for more practice at this meetup.
On February 25, 2010, there was an incoming snowstorm to NYC. Being a public school teacher, I thought this might result in my not having to go to school the next day, since they would be closed. So I stayed out until 2 AM at a karaoke place with friends of mine. Luckily for me, they did close the next day so I could sleep in. I love singing karaoke, especially in Japanese. I usually organize the karaoke meetups for the staff at my school, but they don't go nearly as often as I'd like. I also had a small group of friends who loved to sing Japanese songs as well, and we used to get together every month. But two of them moved to Japan and another one moved back out to White Plains, so it's difficult to get together again.
My absolute favorite is Duet 48. I have a very good relationship with the staff there, and even keep in touch with several of them on Facebook - even after they moved back to Japan. I've also been to Duet 35, and a few Korean places on 32nd street. But Duet 48 is my ultimate favorite.
For English, I love to sing Broadway tunes - I have a long standing dream to sing there one day. But I also love Carrie Underwood, Pink, Duran Duran, and Kelly Clarkson. For Japanese, my ultimate favorite group is Arashi. I used to go to the marathon session with my best friend (who moved to Japan) and we'd do the marathon session at Duet 48 and sing only Arashi songs the entire time. I also love Utada Hikaru, Yui, Koda Kumi, Crystal Kay, Kanjani 8, and Kimura Kaela
I have a Japanese friend who mentioned finding a karaoke group on meetup.com and decided to look around for myself to see if there was a group I might be interested in joining.
Hajimemashite! My name is Liz and I'm a high school science teacher and I run the Japanese Club at school. I love karaoke and I'm trying to learn Japanese, so this meetup would be a great way to combine them. I look forward to meeting everyone.