nomikai

Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

Dining Out in Japan? Here Are 11 Useful Things That You Should Know

Today, I am going to introduce you to 11 useful things that you should know when it comes to having a meal in Japan or having a meal with your Japanese friends. From the moment you set foot in a restaurant until you leave, this article has got you covered! 1. Food sample I have…

Master These Beer Drinking Tips For Any Casual or Formal Outing in Japan!

Japan is one of those countries that has a proper drinking manner at the table even if it’s only casual. Of course, many of you might have read or seen it already that you will have to pour for another person and never pour for yourselves. Well, that is indeed correct but there’s more to…

Tejime: Japanese Ceremonial Hand Clapping Culture

Japan has a traditional custom of ceremonial hand clapping performed at the end of a special event to bring a cheerful and lively closing. The hand clapping custom is called tejime (手締め), and it is typically performed at the conclusion of events such as festivals, celebrations, business meetings, auctions, or even drinking parties. Tejime vs…

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…