NHKラジオ ビジネス英会話 Writers' Workshop 1月号, 2007
Akiko’s Adventures in Ireland?アキコのアイルランド滞在記
では、Writers' Workshop 1月号です。
On the 6th floor in a multi-tenant building along Yasukuni Dori in Sinjuku, Tokyo, when the elevator door opens, I heard everyone singing in chorus a nostalgic children's song. This is a sing-along coffee shop Tomoshibi. The shop was full by the customers enjoying singing in chorus with lyrics booklet in their hands.
"Let's sing 'crimson autum' on page 65!" People sitting in their seats turn the pages of the songbook as the host suggests. Chords of piano begin to sound and the noisy room become quite. They all take a breath and the next breath they burst out singing together"It's red!" Though they are in perfect harmony, over thirty customers are not members of a chorus and surprisingly there is no conductor. They are ordinary people who want to sing songs together and gather at the shop.
A sing-along coffee shop sprung up in entertainment areas all over Japan between 1950s and 1960s and are now beginning to be popular again. Main customers are in their 50s and 60s. It is so popular the shop becomes packed as soon as the doors open on weekends.
You sing for 40 minutes and then take a rest for 20 minutes and repeat this over and over again. You only need to pay 700 yen, excluding tax, or singing in addition to for dining and wining. It is not uncommon to see customers singing from opening at 5:30 pm to closing at 11 pm.
ラベル: NHK Radio Business English