Wedding gift ideas.

I’ll just let this one speak for itself, friends.

Portable Karaoke Machine for Singing on the Fly

TOKYO (Reuters) – Love to sing? A Japanese toy maker will soon sell a portable, personal karaoke machine so you can belt out your favorite tunes anywhere, and without having to wait for the microphone.

The “Hi-kara” karaoke machine, by Takara Tomy, is a 7-cm (nearly 3-inch) cube which weighs less than a pound and works like a real machine.

Once the singer selects a song, which can be downloaded off the Internet or from special music cartridges, the lyrics come up on a 2.4-inch display. The machine also has headphones and speakers attached.

“Hi-kara” will go on sale in October for about $100, with song cartridges costing about $40 each.

Shigekazu Mihashi, marketing director at Takara Tomy, told Reuters the machine was aimed at youngsters who could not go into karaoke booths or parlors, which often serve alcohol.

According to Japanese law, youngsters under 16 must leave karaoke parlors by 6 p.m. while those aged under 18 can stay only until 11 p.m.

“Girls who are middle-school age and under can’t go to karaoke parlors by themselves even if they wanted to sing, but now they can try it at home with this new karaoke machine,” Mihashi said.

Japan is the birthplace of the first karaoke machine and the word is derived from the Japanese for “empty orchestra.” Karaoke singing is popular all over the world, and especially in Asia where many families own personal karaoke machines and “KTV” lounges abound.

Is there anything the Japanese haven’t thought of?

5 thoughts on “Wedding gift ideas.

  1. Karaoke-to-go?! Sign me up!

    I think of you every time I see the new (oh shoot — bad marketers! I can’t remember what product it’s endorsing!) commercial where the boring male professional is trying to talk to the female executive about an upcoming business trip. He wants to talk figures or a ppt presentation or something, but her attention is distracted by a guy who looks like he works in the mailroom. He has an Mp3 player on, and is singing along with it at the top of his lungs. Next scene? He’s on the business trip with her, singing karaoke with the nice Japanese business men, who look really happy with them. As is his female boss 🙂

  2. Gena,

    It’s Meggie. My boyfriend just moved to Japan and left in my possession a weird bunch of items, among them a be-tigered kimono, an organ, a karaoke machine for iPod, and a Christmas sweatshirt with sheep on it that says, “Fleece Navidad.”

    Do you want the karaoke thing? It looks pretty nice. He only used it once for a Christmas party; the songs might even be Christmas-specific, but I’m not sure. I can bring it by your office for closer inspection if you’d like. And it really will be dropped off at the Salvation Army if you don’t want it, so don’t be shy to claim it. You’d give it a much better home than I ever could.

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