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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Karaoke? . . . Sake it to Me Baby!

Categories: The IU Student Perspective

Another installment from our Nightlife Intern, experiencing the summer months in Bloomington:

Ok, so I would venture to say that at least one time in everyone's life, they've thrown their inhibitions to the wind in front of a half-packed, inebriated crowd and sang an off beat rendition of "I've Got You Babe."  This, my friends, is known to many cultures the world over as "Karaoke."  Quite possibly the world's most wonderful invention, karaoke combines unjustifiable vocal confidence with alcohol-assisted stage presence, to create peer pressured impromptu musical performances that can only be described as virtuoso.

But what if you're not all about the fame, and care to divulge yourself in musical glory, but in a smaller more intimate setting with a few (hopefully very loyal) friends?  If this sounds like you, I think I might have a recommendation that will make you crescendo in joy. My solution for you comes from a date that I was on just last weekend.  A friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in double dating with him and a girl he just very recently met (double date = typical awkwardness deterrent mechanism).  I decided it would be fun, so I snagged myself a date (if you see this….I hope you had fun) and I decided to go. Our choice of dining was sushi at Bloomington's very own Japanee, located on North Walnut Street.  Little did I know at this time, I was putting in motion a series of events that would lead to one of the most ridiculously good times I have had in weeks.

By this time in my rambling incoherent mess of a bog entry, you are probably thinking I should get to the point and explain how this date/dinner could possibly lead to obnoxious renditions of Hanson and Aerosmith (both my song choices).  After some delicious raw treats from beneath the sea and a couple bottles of wine, someone suggested that some sake-bombs were in order. If you're not familiar, this is when you carefully place two chopsticks on top of a large plastic glass, and then place a small shot of sake on top of the chopsticks.  Inside the glass should be about two inches worth of Sapporo (any Japanese beer will do). The taker of the sake-bomb then pounds his or her fists three times saying sake, sake, sake, on the fourth pound the taker yells bomb whilst slamming his or her hands upon the table causing the shot of sake to fall into the beer.  All that's left to do is chug the drink and enjoy the public insubordination that will likely ensue before the night is over.

If you haven't already imagined, this endeavor is very loud, very messy, and very fun. Being that we were currently dining in the trendy but casual dining room, we couldn't help but to feel the appropriateness of asking our server if such boisterous activities would be permitted. Not only were they permitted, but strongly encouraged, but in one of their private karaoke rooms! The room was about twelve feet by twelve feet and offered wonderfully modern couches that surround a huge table.  At the far end of the room was a big flat screen TV and a state-of-the-art karaoke system. The four of us graciously accepted the room and began a night complete with several bottles of wine, at least four of five rounds of "sake-bombs," and some of the worst singing I have ever heard! 

The list had pretty much any song you would want to sing in a karaoke place.  The drinks were awesome, the sushi was fresh and inspired, and our company was perfect. We were able to save our reticence from the outside world, but still make fools of ourselves in front of our companions. Although the price of the night was pretty high, I would strongly recommend this activity for anyone. Whether you are looking for a unique entertainment venue for your family, a fun date, or just a place to celebrate a birthday, I think Japanee's karaoke rooms are great and I believe you will too.  Just one last thing, no "Stairway,"…….seriously.



Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.