Japan has a unique culture of Saka-ba (a pub, a bar, a tavern) . Japan’s “Izakaya”style Saka-ba is not very commonly seen in other countries. In today’s Japan, young people prefer a big “Izakaya”chain run by big corporations, but in this article, I’d like to see a small “Izakaya”run by individual owners as a symbol of Japanese “Saka-ba”culture.
In such an Izakaya, there is typically a wooden counter, and an owner, called“Taisho (male)”or “Okami (female),”is standing behind the counter. Taisho or Okami often does not seem to be very friendly or welcoming, but you don’t have to be afraid of them. Sometimes they may dress down badly behaved customers, but customers should not be angry with them. Drinking Sake is one of the pleasures we have, but for Japanese, Saka-ba is also a sort of training hall for a life. Behaving in a way that is suitable to Saka-ba is one of the conditions to be considered as a good adult.
Now, I’d like to introduce you what to do to become a Japanese Saka-ba master, which is hard but fun.