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Chuhai, Nama Beer, Edamame and Izakaya Remnants

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Chuhai, Nama Beer, Edamame and Izakaya Remnants

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Chuhai, beer and edamame at Yakiniku King in Toyota city, Aichi

When people ask me what are the “must do” things in Japan, the only food experience I recommend is having dinner at an izakaya. Drinks and food flow quickly with the all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat sessions available at these Japanese restaurants/bars.

But what exactly can you expect at an izakaya? Here’s just a taste…

Chuhai, Nama Biiru and Edamame

Chuhai, beer and edamame at Yakiniku King in Toyota city, Aichi

Chuhai, beer and edamame at Yakiniku King in Toyota city, Aichi

Chuhai

チューハイ
A sweet alcoholic drink which contains shōchū (what we generally call sake in the west – which is actually the Japanese term for alcohol in general), soda and juice.

Nama Biiru

生ビール
生 is a kanji that has many different readings and meanings, but here it can be translated into “genuine”. So the literal translation is “genuine beer”, as there is another type of alcohol called happōshu which is basically a fake beer (for more details read: Japanese Beers: The Beer Difference (Nama/生 vs. Happoshu/発泡酒)

Edamame

枝豆
These baby soybeans in a pod are a great snack to have with beer.

Map of Yakiniku King Izakaya in Toyota City
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View this location (Map coordinates: 35.102145,137.163791) on Google Maps.

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Deano「ヂィノ」 Wormald

Your man in Japan, online since 2009. I used to live in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and travel to Japan at least once a year for three weeks.

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3 Comments

  1. Klaus April 7, 2014

    We’ll be in Japan from next week on and we’ll travel with our sons (14+16 years old). Is it a problem to visit Izakayas with minors or are they places were usually only adults are allowed?

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    1. Deano「ヂィノ」 April 8, 2014

      Hi Klaus,

      Japan is very open with their alcohol and licensing laws. Izakaya’s are fine with children of any age. Many times I’ve seen young children in izakayas.

      Enjoy!

      Dean.

      1. Klaus April 8, 2014

        Hi Dean,

        thanks for that information!

        Klaus

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