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In karate, kara can be translated as China or Empty. In the early part of the 20th century, the lead instructors agreed that it would be translated as Empty.

In Karaoke, again it means empty, referring to the fact that the vocal track is empty.

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Q: What is the meaning of the prefix 'kara' in Japanese words such as 'karate' and 'karaoke'?
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