How to Drink the Japanese Way

You can enjoy a fine selection of alcoholic beverages at our Lynnwood Japanese restaurant. Drinking socially is as big a part of Japanese culture as it is of American culture and, as is the case with much of Japanese culture, this is a practice that is heavy with etiquette rules. If you want to try properly immersing yourself in your Japanese experience, try keeping the following in mind:

First of all, you never pour your own drink at a Japanese table. You must wait for a friend to fill your glass for you, and likewise keep an eye out for someone who needs you to fill his or her glass. If somebody offers to refill your drink, finish off what’s in your glass quickly and hold your glass out to him or her. This can lead to over-drinking, so try to keep a semi-full glass in hand if you’re reaching your limit.

Drinking does not start until after everyone at the table is served. At this point, a drinking “salute” is made. Raise your glasses and say “kampai”, much as you would offer a toast. Now you are drinking the Japanese way!