7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Izakaya in Japan!

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Izakaya in Japan!

In Japan, a traditional way to end a work day is to head to an Izakaya with friends or coworkers to unwind and let off some steam. Izakaya is a compound word from i – to stay and sakaya – sake shop. Izakayas originally are sake shops that allows customers to sit and drink.



 

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Izakaya in Japan!

 

1. In choosing the Izakaya that you like (your type of Izakaya)

Izakayas are everywhere in Japan. Today, to attract more customers, there are different ambient themes and dishes served depending on the Izakaya establishment. Small dishes of grilled meats called yakitori, fried foods and Edamame. You can also choose ambient themes such as Ninja, Anime and Piano bar among others. Izakayas are also called Akachouchin, for the red paper lantern traditionally hanging in front of the shop.

 

2. Use the convenient functions available when ordering

Izakaya gastropubs originally cater to the locals, but the growing number of visitors in Japan made Izakaya notice they should consider service not only for the locals but for tourists and expats. To accommodate them menus with pictures and corresponding numbers are available. There are also Izakayas with self order system with touch panel. These are usually located near train stations and other public transport stations.

 

3. Ordering the recommended dish

Ordering recommended dishes through pictures and numbers, touch panel system is not difficult. But if these are not available, just ask the locals and other patrons in the Izakaya. Izakayas’ friendly and casual atmosphere makes patrons friendly and accommodating to a new comer. You can also ask the staff for their recommendations.

 

4. Enjoying the Japanese Osake

Ordering recommended dishes through pictures and numbers, touch panel system is not difficult. But if these are not available, just ask the locals and other patrons in the Izakaya. Izakayas’ friendly and casual atmosphere makes patrons friendly and accommodating to a new comer. You can also ask the staff for their recommendations.

 

5. Sitting on the Tatami

Traditional Izakayas often sits patrons on tatami mats and with low tables. Modern Izakayas serves and sits customers on conventional tables and chairs. Drinking and eating while seated on tatami mats is comfortable and new for tourists. It is one way of experiencing Japan. Some Izakayas provide for both seating arrangements, conventional and traditional low tables with tatami mats.

 

6. Sitting at the Counter

Because most Izakayas have limited space, eating at the counter became customary. The routine of cooking ordered dishes and serving these became a form of entertainment. The fun of watching the chef’s (usually the owner) fluid motion of preparing and cooking dishes is fascinating to watch. Eating and drinking at the counter provides a conversation piece.

 

7. One can eat in Moderation

Izakayas are like tapas bars in Spain, serving wide variety of small dishes. The point of serving small portions is for customers to enjoy the taste of the food with the drink without really binging or eating excessively. These are to appreciate the pairing of food and enhancing the drink. Moderation both in eating and drinking should be observed.

 

Conclusion

Izakayas are cultural institutions in Japan. And as we move into globalized world culture, these are also found in major cities around the world such as New York, Los Angeles and London. People are becoming more appreciative of Japanese cuisine and culture.

 

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Izakaya in Japan!

1. In choosing the Izakaya that you like (your type of Izakaya)
2. Use the convenient functions available when ordering
3. Ordering the recommended dish
4. Enjoying the Japanese Osake
5. Sitting on the Tatami
6. Sitting at the Counter
7. One can eat in Moderation