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Going solo: ‘Ohitorisama’ or the Japanese art of doing it alone

TOKYO: 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. Kitakoga is part of a growing trend in Japan favouring solo activities that is now so widespread it has its own name: "ohitorisama" or "on your own." Analysts say that Japan's demographic make-up -- more than one third of households contain just one person -- makes it perfect for the solo market, with many also craving "me time" in a fast-paced,…