September 6th, 2012By Category: Culture, Food & Dining, Travel

The Japanese pub is fantastic.  Some are standing only.  The quality of food is to die for and the choice of sake is heaven.

An izakaya is a drinking establishment that serves not only various beverages (alcoholic or not) but also serves food to accompany the drinks.  The term “izakaya” is a compound word consisting of “i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (sake shop) which indicates that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises to drink. They are also sometimes called akachochin (red lantern) in daily conversation because of the paper lanterns that light up the front area of the establishment.

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Gabrielle Ewart

Gabrielle is from London and has been living in Tokyo for 3 years.  Her recent foray into blogging has been a chance to find a place to put photos in case of an emergency and do some seriously fun research.  Tokyo is a continuous source of inspiration, every corner you turn there is something intriguing.  For street, amateur and professional photographers Tokyo is infinite.  She is about to publish her children's books on Kindle Fire under her pseudonym, Isis Ixworth.  Check out her writings at www.windowshoppingintokyo.wordpress.com, www.illostrophy.com and www.isisixworth.wordpress.com

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