Japanese Drinking Culture.

In Japan, their love for drinking grows deep within their culture. Visiting bars for a drink is a favourite pass time in the country. You will find alcohol anywhere you go in the country, be it supermarkets, bars, convenience store, restaurant or local shop. Even vending machines in Tokyo offer this beloved drink on their shelves.

The Japanese people have come up with some interesting games to play while drinking. But if you are looking to go for a night out in the town, we have recommended some of the best spots to visit.

Activities Done While Drinking

Below are some of the popular games that accompany drinking in Japan

Pin Pon Pan

It is hard to understand this game which is the fun part of the game. You will need to be in a group of at least five people for the game to work properly. Once the group is formed, then you will sit in a circle facing each other. One of you will then start the game by saying ‘pin’ the person to the left follows with ‘pon’. Then the one on their left must follow with ‘pan’.

Once the ‘pin, pon, pan’ has been said, the one who said ‘pan’ must immediately point to a random group member to begin the cycle again. If you’re caught unaware and lose the cycle, you lose and will have to drink. This game is a favorite in Japanese drinking culture

Jan Ken Pon

This is probably the easiest game to figure out. Jyan, ken, pon is Japanese for ‘rock, paper, scissors. It’s just like the Western version, the only difference is in place of ‘rock-paper-scissors, you say ‘jyan-ken-pon’.

The rules of this game are straightforward and known to most people so, if you lose, you drink. But be wary; Japanese people take Jyan-Ken-Pon very seriously.

Tora Tora Tora

The game is similar to Jyan Ken Pon, but the setup is a little different. It is a game traditionally played by maiko (like geishas) and their clients.

How it works is two players each take a side that’s separated by a sliding door. Once they’re seated, the players sing the “Tora Tora Tora” song then pose in one of three characters.

The characters are Samurai (Watonai) with a spear, a tiger, and an older woman with a cane. The older woman wins over the Samurai. The Samurai wins over the tiger and the tiger over the older woman, so the duel’s loser has to drink.

Drinking Joints

Karaoke Bars In Tokyo

It is a tradition in Japan to entertain guests with music.  This tradition, along with modern technology, has given rise to Karaoke. The term Karaoke means’ empty orchestra’.

If you fill the need to sing your heart out in Tokyo, you will find plenty of karaoke bars. Here are a few of the best Tokyo has to offer.

Karaoke Kan

Karaoke Kan is a popular chain with outlets in Tokyo’s main entertainment districts. You will get great deals like all-you-can-drink until dawn. The bar is popular with everyone from housewives, students, salarymen and ex-pats.

You can select from several rooms, from basic, VIP and large party rooms that can accommodate 60-plus. There is a one order drink minimum rule in this establishment.

Amour Bar & Karaoke

This is a quiet, private substitute to Tokyo’s usual lively and beer-rinsed karaoke scene. The establishment only has four small rooms, which are perfect for low-key karaoke parties.

Shinjuku Golden Gai

This is not a single joint but a couple of hundred tiny bars packed in series of narrow alleyways on the east side of Shinjuku. Most of these bars can only seat a handful of people at a time.

It is not a glamorous sport, but if you want to know where ordinary people of Tokyo go to drink after a hard day at work, this is the place.

Japanese drinking culture is vibrant and full of exciting things. Friends, workmates and business acquaintances all get together for drinks after work.      

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