Karaoke & KTV & Nakasi
Hello there, and hi teacher Alex,
Nowadays, in Taiwan, Karaoke or KTV is a very popular recreation, and Nakasi is an old-fashion entertainment. I always thought they are an oriental stuff that would not pop up in the western world. I guess I am slightly wrong.
Karaoke and KTV and Nakasi are all from Japan, Nakasi is an old-fashion, Karaoke & KTV are a fashion, and they are a form of recreation that people (customers) can sing their favorite songs and enjoy their performance by themselves with the audience.
【Nakasi】: People sing a song to the accompaniment of a live band.
The term derives from the Japanese word ‘NAGASHI’ which means the accompaniment to a song or tune. There are one to three players who play musical instruments which usually are electric piano, guitar. Customer can sing their favorite songs by a live band. So, Nakasi is style of a live band accompaniment, and customers sing a song to a live electric piano accompaniment. It’s just like that teacher Alex is going to.
‘Ace of Spades’ is the heavy metal band Motorhead’s most famous song; I have not listened to it. The blog can have pictures, audio, video and text. Perhaps teacher Alex could sing the song and record it and publish on teacher blog, thanks you.
After Japanese invented Karaoke, Nakasi became out of fashion.
【Karaoke】: People sing a song to the accompaniment of Karaoke machine without live player.
Karaoke derives from Japanese word ‘Kara’ and ‘okesutora’. The word ‘kara’ means empty, and ‘okesutora’ means ‘orchestra’. In other words, Karaoke means that the orchestra which plays music in the empty box of speaker. Japanese invented a machine called Karaoke which records accompaniment music only; people sing their favorite song to the accompaniment of Karaoke machine. There are many Karaoke shops in Taiwan, people sing in a public place of shop, not in the chamber of shop, and customers order a song by turns to sing. First come, first serve. Singer used a songbook to guide them. No matter your singing is good or bad, there are followed by a burst of applause of all people in the shop after you sing a song. Singer will feel good.
Many people like privacy, they don’t like to sing a song in the public like Karaoke shop, therefore, KTV salons popped up right away.
【KTV】: People sing a song to the accompaniment of Karaoke machine, and with TV.
KTV means Karaoke with TV, lyrics are displayed and synchronized on music video on the monitor to guide the singer to sing. The KTV salon provides many little rooms like chamber, the customer can enjoy their singing with a few friends in a private place of chamber. At the present time, in order to catch up KTV salons, Karaoke shops also use the music video and TV to display the lyrics instead of using the songbook.
Teacher Alex talked about the locker, there are something different from Taiwan and western world:
Junior high and high school in Taiwan, the student don’t have regular locker. That’s because, every student has a regular classroom and a regular desk with a draw, they stay at the same classroom and wait for different teachers come to the classroom to teach them the different subject, which means that all teachers have to go to different classrooms to teach their subject, the teacher doesn’t have a regular classroom. The social place of students in school is the classroom instead of the place of lockers or hallway. It’s quite different from the western world.
Hi Alex, it confused me of your sentence which is below:
'the first thing we had to do was take all our valuables out of our pockets and put them into lockers'
My question is, why can the two verbs, ‘WAS’ and ‘TAKE’, be so close like in the neighborhood?
Sing a song, happy a day.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu
Photo: My father sang to a Nakasi accompaniment.
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