In any country, there are places where you mainly go to eat and places you go to drink but in Japan there is also a category in between, casual places where you go to eat AND drink: izakaya. This is the most popular means of locals to sit down and unwind after work. Izakayas are often likened to taverns or pubs, but there are a number of differences. Depending on the izakaya, customers either sit on tatami mats and dine from low tables, as in the traditional Japanese style, or sit on chairs and drink/dine from tables.
Many izakaya offer a choice of both as well as seating by the bar. Some izakaya restaurants are also tachi-nomi style, literally translated as "drinking while standing”. Usually, customers are given an oshibori (wet towel) to clean their hands; the towels are cold in summer and hot in winter. Next, a tiny snack/an appetizer, called an otōshi in the Tokyo area or tsukidashi in the Osaka-Kobe area, will be served. It is local custom and usually charged onto the bill in lieu of an entry fee.
Check out this video that will take you through the mesmerizing wonders of a Izakaya
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