Source: Nick Richards. It is no secret that Japan is a unique country different from the rest of the world. Japanese people have a whole set of customs and rules that apply even to drinking. This article presents you 15 things to know about drinking in Japan.
Japan’s toxic drinking culture no one talks about - Japan Today
Booze, hooch, sauce — call it what you will but there can be no downplaying the essential role that alcohol consumption plays in Japan. Visitors from countries with more conservative liquor policies will often be surprised at how critical the stuff is to Japanese everyday life. Be it the required drinking with clients and co-workers after hours or getting trashed with friends on the weekend, alcohol is a central pillar of life. Indeed it sometimes seems that the entire society would cease to function without the constant outlet of a good drink. Furthermore, their age verification involves nothing more than the tapping a touch panel to confirm that one is of drinking age 20 years old as of this writing.
Japanese drinking culture is just as good as you might hope it is. It is likely to be available in every izakaya , bar, and restaurant you visit. A drink of Japan through the ages, legend has it that before the mold and yeast were added to the process in more recent times, the nihonshu was produced by chewing the grains of rice before being spit out into containers to be left to ferment.
Japan is a delightful place to get your drink on. The drinking age is 20 and public drinking and intoxication are perfectly legal. Not surprisingly, alcohol is a huge part of Japanese culture. Proper drinking etiquette was briefly touched on in my Japanese Etiquette: How to Save Yourself from Embarrassment in Japan post, but I think alcohol deserves a post all its own.