Karaoke is a mashup of the Japanese words for ‘empty’ and ‘orchestra’ – kara oukesutora. A musical track with no words has always been useful for professional singers who can’t always have access to their full cast of performers. And historically it was a Japanese tradition to entertain guests with music. Combine that with the nation’s penchant for innovation and entertainment, and karaoke was born. Here are the top places to get in touch with your inner Japanese and sing your heart out in Tokyo.