Nihongo Instructor Club
Japanese language school
Azabu Juban Tokyo
An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment. The food is usually more important than in other types of drinking establishments in Japan such as bars and snack bars. They are popular, casual and relatively cheap.
The name izakaya is a compound word consisting of “ i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (sake shop). Izakaya originated from sake shops where customers could stay for drinking in the Edo period (1603-1867)
Dining in an izakaya
In the izakaya, customers sit on tatami mats and dine from low tables in the traditional Japanese style, or sit on chairs and drink/dine from tables. Many a izakaya offers a choice of both.
Typical menu in an izakaya
There are a wide variety of izakayas offering many sorts of dishes, but foods almost always available in any izakaya are as follows:
Rice dishes such as ochazuke(boiled rice with green tea poured over it) and onigiri (rice ball) are sometimes eaten at the end to complete a drinking session.
ちょっと一杯 Chotto ippai
Chotto ippai meaning “have a quick drink”. is a frequently heard expression among salaried workers. Sitting down together for a drink at izakaya after work gives them chances to exchange information and opinions and to get rid of their stress at workplace. In either occasion this expression is used to asking for a quick drink at izakaya together.
Izakaya were traditionally down-to-earth places where men drank sake and beer after work, but nowadays they attract the more various clientele including working women and female students by improving the interior and diversifying the menu.Izakaya are often used for matchmaking parties (go-kon) and drinking parties like a year-end party (bo-nen-kai).
|NIC instructor Sachiko Hamano|