An izakaya (居酒屋) is a common kind of Japanese bar or restaurant, also found in cosmopolitan cities throughout the world, popular in Japan for after-work drinking. A definitive feature of an izakaya is that it serves food as well as drink. Patrons typically sit on the floor and dine from low tables in the traditional Japanese style.
The name "izakaya" is a compound word with "i" and "sakaya" (sake shop). It was originally an opposite to "tachinomiya", (standing bar, tachi(standing)+nomi(drinking)+ya(shop)), a liquor shop which sold sake and let customers drink in the shop.
Today, when you first sit down, you will be given an oshibori (wet towel) to clean your hands with, next an appetizer will be served. The portions are generally more substantial than Spanish tapas, but are less than a full meal. Traditionally many Japanese salarymen like to relax after work at a local izakaya. This trend is complemented by a growing population of independent women, and young people (the drinking age is 20), who are also interested in relaxing after work at an izakaya.
Izakaya are sometimes called Akachōchin (red lantern) in daily conversation, because these paper lanterns are traditionally found in front of an izakaya.
me walking with my fanny pack
toshiro pondering on what drink to get at jamba juice. he decides on some sort of pineapple concoction. i get the berry lime sublime (i am quite thirsty from my two hour walk).
next week we are walking right? walking soothes my soul and noah's bagels makes my whole day better..
marisa and i decided to watch thank you for smoking which i wanted to see forever and i loved it. please go watch it. it's funny and brilliant. by the time we got out of the theatre it was cold so we headed over to mitsue (?) (its a shabu shabu place in downtown fullerton which is quite fun. reminisced about new year and the making out incident (haha) and about pervert greg (ewhhh).
these are a few pics i took the ride to the harbor house.. by the time we got there we were like a couple miles from san clemente. when you drive down the coast san clemente feels extremely close.. anyhoo.. better head to bed. i'm thinking about waking toshiro up tomorrow morning for a walk.