If you have ever wanted to practice your karaoke-ing without the potential embarrassment it provides, one company in Japan has the perfect solution for you.

Known as “1Kara” in English, this single-person karaoke venture is found in Tokyo, offering karaoke rooms to solo users.

On the face of it, it’s kind of foolish; karaoke is meant to be enjoyed amongst friends, strangers, and drunk fools who really don’t care how badly you sing.

But for those who really want to perfect their karaoke abilities before hopping onto the stage, these single-person booths are the answer.

The booths are owned by a nationwide karaoke chain.

Each one features a chair, a microphone, headphones, and a small screen upon which the lyrics are displayed. Liquid courage is available for free as well.

The rooms go for about 600 yen per hour between 10:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m., and double that from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Special packages are available for 2,600 yen between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m.

The booths opened on November 25 of this year, just in time to allow for ample practice before New Year’s Eve.

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