izakaya

We summon the Devil’s “sushi roll” in Tokyo because we need to eat this 6,000-calorie thing

Dark forces can’t intimidate us, or our stomachs.

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Japan’s crazy 6,000-calorie sushi roll includes a pizza as a topping

We can feel ourselves getting both hungrier and heavier just looking at it.

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Evangelion Bar opening in Tokyo to soothe the rattled nerves of fans of the traumatizing anime

You’ll feel better after downing a few Rei cocktails and eating rampaging Angel Sachiel.

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Awesome Tokyo restaurant caps diners’ dinner price, and after that anything you order is free!

This Ikebukuro izakaya just gave us an 8,000-yen discount, and they’ll happily do the same for you.

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Tokyo restaurant that charges rude customers more sees dramatic increase in number of rude orders

Intended penalty for bad manners backfires, prompts pub to make drastic change to its beer pricing policy.

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Akihabara pub offering monthly all-you-can-drink passes with durations up to half a year

Four other restaurants in Tokyo also start selling unprecedentedly generous unlimited-beer-and-cocktail passes.

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We track down a special dish hidden inside Yodobashi Akihabara 【SoraNews24 Taste Test】

If you know where to look, you’ll be able to try a jugful of noodles that nobody wanted the owner to create.

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Tokyo restaurant offers all-you-can-drink beer, cocktails for 24 hours for less than three bucks

Shockingly generous deal even lets you go home, take a break, and come back for more booze.

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Store serves edible Japanese rhinoceros beetles, apparently pairs well with beer

And it promises to be crunchier than your breakfast cereal.

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Cosplay Yokocho: Tokyo alley where customers eat and drink in cosplay costumes

With photo booths, cosplaying staff, and costume rental for diners, this is one of the most unusual food courts you’ll find in Japan.

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How to spot scam artist bar barkers in Japan

The lure of cheap booze is hard to resist, but before you follow that discount-promising tout, take a moment to check what clothes he’s wearing.

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Manager poisons part-time worker in Japan because of “poor work ethic”

Possibly because he felt disciplining an undesirable employee would have been too awkward, one supervisor turned to poison instead.

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Tokyo lifehack: How to get rid of the “customer pullers” who’ll pester you in the bar district

Japan’s infamous bar barkers often won’t take no for an answer, but one veteran says this response will stop them in their tracks.

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Old Japanese bathhouse gets converted into an izakaya restaurant in Tokyo

Diners get to sit in the old bathtubs while enjoying their meals.

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Roleplay as a Japanese student at classroom-themed izakaya, Rokunen Yonkumi

With themed rooms and waiters who act as teachers and nurses, you’ll never want to leave elementary school again!

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Travel to Nakanoshima Station this month for a unique drinking and dining experience

Love beer? Love trains? Here’s your chance to combine the two for four special nights.

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At under a buck, Tokyo restaurant’s all-you-can-eat fried chicken is a ticket to poultry paradise

See all that mouth-watering Japanese-style karaage fried chicken? It only cost us 100 yen, and we could have eaten twice as much without getting charged any more.

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Anime bar Otarabo serves up drinks, passionate discussion about anime with fellow otaku

Are traditional bars a little too bland for you? Do you try to strike up conversations about anime with your fellow drink enthusiasts, only to get weird looks and asked to leave?

Well then you should check out Otarabo the anime bar! Not only does it have a large assortment of alcoholic beverages to enjoy, but it’s packed to the rafters with anime posters, figures, and toys. And best of all if you want to argue about Goku vs. Vegeta, or which Love Live! girl is the cutest, you’ll have plenty of inebriated otaku friends to discuss with.

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Ultraman-themed Kaiju Pub is coming back to Kawasaki, and this time it’s here to stay!

Getting pounded into the turf by a 40-meter (131-foot) tall martial artist who can shoot beams of energy from his hands can’t be an easy lifestyle. So last year when a restaurant opened in Kawasaki to honor the giant monsters and aliens who so often end up on the losing side of the battles in the Ultraman franchise, we thought it was nice they now had a place to relax, enjoy some tasty food, and knock back a few beers between regularly getting pummeled by the good guys.

Of course, we Earthlings were also welcome at the establishment, called the Kaiju Sakaba (“Monster Pub”). We stopped by shortly after the place opened last year, and all of the Ultraman-themed decorations made us feel like we were little kids again (well, at least until our first round of alcoholic drinks arrived, anyway). And then we felt like little kids again as wept in sadness upon hearing the Kaiju Sakaba was closing last March.

But, just like the ending of each installment of the Ultraman saga gives way to the next chapter, the Kaiju Sakaba is coming back to Kawasaki later this month, and this time it’s here to stay!

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Learn how to drink with Japanese people in this funny and informative YouTube series【Videos】

MOVIE LIFE KYOTO is a video series which aims to introduce Japanese culture to foreigners in a light-hearted and humorous fashion. With English narration and Japanese subtitles, they’re filled with little factoids and hilariously on-point observations that will be of interest to foreign visitors and a source of much ‘that’s so true!’ amusement for Japanese people, too!

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