Every so often, 33-year-old Masaki Kitakoga slips into a tiny booth with a desk and a chair and belts out karaoke tunes for 90 minutes – completely on his own. Photo: AFP

Karaoke without friends: how ‘me time’ is becoming a growing Japanese trend

  • Signs of the ‘ohitorisama are everywhere in Japan, from cinemas offering seats with partitions to theme parks that let singles jump the queue at certain rides
  • Surveys show Japanese consumer rate quality time alone above hours spent with family and friends
Topic |   Japan

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Every so often, 33-year-old Masaki Kitakoga slips into a tiny booth with a desk and a chair and belts out karaoke tunes for 90 minutes – completely on his own. Photo: AFP
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