Lesson Basic understanding of izakaya signs

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Below is the Japanese writing that you will most frequently see on izakaya (and sometimes on cafe and bar) signs around Okinawa. Helping to understand these will allow you to have a better experience while staying here.

  • All you can drink
    飲み
    放題
    nomi houdai
    Nomi comes from the verb nomu (to drink).


  • All you can eat and drink.
    食べ飲み放題
    tabe nomi houdai
    Tabe comes from the verb taberu (to eat).


  • Hours
    時間
    X ji kan (for hours X)
    2時間
    ni ji kan (for two hours)


  • Minutes

    pun (or hun)
    30分
    san ju pun (for 30 minutes)


  • Time

    ji
    5時 - 7時 (5 to 7 o'clock)

Two examples of combining the above (by appearance only)
  1. 飲み放題 1時間980円
    All you can drink, for 1 hour, 980 yen.

  2. 6時-8時 ビール100円
    From 6-8, beer, 100 yen (each).

    While everywhere still offers beer, you might see mugishu or happoushu on the sign (麦酒 and 発泡酒 respectively) instead of ビール (beer).
 
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