izakaya

What is Otoshi, The Unavoidable Seating Charge?

Many of us are used to tipping or being charged for a service or goods tax at restaurants, as well as paying a cover fee to enter clubs or certain bars with live performances. But at some places in Japan, I found that there were small additional charges made without my knowing. Was it for…

Summertime in Japan is good for Outdoor Dining!

It’s summertime in Japan! Of the many things to look forward to is outdoor dining. Because the seasons are very strictly observed in this country, you will find that outdoor dining is difficult to come by, even during the warmer spring days. Most restaurants won’t open their rooftops and patios to their customers until May.…

Is Izakaya the Japanese equivalent of a restaurant bar?

Japan has a lot of foreign bars and clubs, but one of its most famous hangout places for drinking and eating is the Izakayas. Generally, most Japanese people especially the university students tend to spend more time at the izakayas than the usual bars. Nonetheless, izakayas are located in the nightlife area as well as…

8 Aspects of Japanese Culinary Traditions

Many visitors think that Japanese food are hard to eat or not enough varied, since all they know about is sushi and sashimi. However, Japan is a heaven for food gourmet around the world, where you can find an infinite choice of foods. And Japan is where you can enjoy a good cuisine going from…

3 most popular activities for the Japanese youth

Perhaps, sometimes people can be confused if they are in another country and don’t have any idea where they can eat good foods, or see movies, and how people there usually have fun. I hope this article will be helpful for such people to get lots of information about most common entertainments in Japan. How…

Traditional Japanese bar and grill: Izakaya

What exactly is Izakaya? Author’s photo The izakaya is a traditional Japanese bar and grill. Traditionally a place where people gather after work to indulge in reasonably-priced food and drink, you’ll find these establishments all over Japan, in large cities as well as the smaller localities. Although there are many famous chains of izakaya with…

The Insight of Japanese “Nomikai”

“Nomu” means to drink; Kai means an event. When combined, nomikai (飲み会) is a drinking social event which usually takes place in Izakaya (居酒屋) where liquors as well as light cuisines are served. We often see a red lantern in front of izakaya. This is because izakaya is also called as akachōchin, which means red…

Monkeys at a Restaurant in Japan? Welcome to Kayabuki Izakaya!

Many of us have dreamed of one day having our very own monkey butler, and at one Izakaya (or Japanese restaurant) north of Tokyo, you can finally realise that dream, if only for a night! Kayabuki Author’s photo Kayabuki is a small Izakaya in Utsunomiya (about 2 hours from Ueno by train or just 45…

Best Japanese restaurants for a good cultural shock

You might have been to a Japanese Izakaya. It’s a Japanese-style bar-restaurant and most of them let you learn about Japanese food, service and culture. There are tons of Izakayas all round and you might be wondering which one you’d better visit. So let me introduce some of the recommended Izakayas. 1. Tsukada Noujou You…