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Japanese Style British Pub

I miss England

While leaving the Ninja Restaurant, Mari told me how she missed England. At that moment I told her that near the Ryokan in Yotsuya I saw a British pub and if she wanted we could go there to have a pint of beer before going back home. She liked the idea and we headed to Yotsuya. Yotsuya was just 1 train stop away from Akasaka, so we headed to the train station and few minutes later we were there. Once we were in Yotsuya we walked on the pavement on a busy road that leads Yotsuya to Shinjuku.

British or Japanese?

We arrived at the pub few minutes later. Inside, the pub was very clean, it had tall tables and high seats where people can enjoy their beer. Inside there were only few Japanese people drinking plus the 2 male bartenders. Thinking about British pubs, the first thing that came into my mind was to go at the bar, order the drinks and pay there. Instead, we headed to one of the high tables, sat there and one of the bar tender came to our table to take our order. I found it a bit unusual but I got used straight away. The athmosphere was quiet with some music on the background (I cannot recall what music they were playing). Then the bartender came with the two pints, one for me and one for Mari, and we had a chat. We stayed at the pub for about half an hour, paid at the end then left the pub and went our separate ways.

Pubs in Japan

The athmosphere in the Japanese pubs is different from their British counterpart. That pub was very relaxing and people don’t have to go to the bar leaving their friends sitting alone lonley while ordering and therefore making the experience more intimate. Also the pub itself was much cleaner and not as noisy than those found in UK. The whole experience was different, even going alone, there are more opportunities to befriend to people never met before, especially if you are a foreigner in Japan. It is an experience that is worth trying.

Japanese Style British Pub

I miss England

While leaving the Ninja Restaurant, Mari told me how she missed England. At that moment I told her that near the Ryokan in Yotsuya I saw a British pub and if she wanted we could go there to have a pint of beer before going back home. She liked the idea and we headed to Yotsuya. Yotsuya was just 1 train stop away from Akasaka, so we headed to the train station and few minutes later we were there. Once we were in Yotsuya we walked on the pavement on a busy road that leads Yotsuya to Shinjuku.

British or Japanese?

We arrived at the pub few minutes later. Inside, the pub was very clean, it had tall tables and high seats where people can enjoy their beer. Inside there were only few Japanese people drinking plus the 2 male bartenders. Thinking about British pubs, the first thing that came into my mind was to go at the bar, order the drinks and pay there. Instead, we headed to one of the high tables, sat there and one of the bar tender came to our table to take our order. I found it a bit unusual but I got used straight away. The athmosphere was quiet with some music on the background (I cannot recall what music they were playing). Then the bartender came with the two pints, one for me and one for Mari, and we had a chat. We stayed at the pub for about half an hour, paid at the end then left the pub and went our separate ways.

Pubs in Japan

The athmosphere in the Japanese pubs is different from their British counterpart. That pub was very relaxing and people don’t have to go to the bar leaving their friends sitting alone lonley while ordering and therefore making the experience more intimate. Also the pub itself was much cleaner and not as noisy than those found in UK. The whole experience was different, even going alone, there are more opportunities to befriend to people never met before, especially if you are a foreigner in Japan. It is an experience that is worth trying.

Quick Note About the Photos Taken

I just want to mention quickly that the photos of my blog have been taken by my Samsung Galaxy S (first generation Galaxy) and then from the iPhone 5 that I bought in Japan. No professional cameras have been used unless stated. All the photos have been taken by me and the maps of my introduction have been taken randomly from Google.

Background Photo:The background photo has been taken by myself at Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, near Asakusa train station on 08 September 2012.

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Why This Blog
Quick Note About The Photos Taken

Why This Blog

Hello everybody,
I am finally posting my first post for the blog.
My name is Damien (or Nana-Chan as they used to call me in Japan due to my surname) and I am here to describe the 11 months that I passed in Japan.

The idea of this blog dates back few years, and my willingness to understand and therefore make the readers understand different aspects of Japan. I was meant to update the blog everyday in Japan, but because the wi-fi connection was not what I espected and also because my computer broke down after few months I was in Japan. Those 2 reasons made it difficult to update my blog while I was there, however, I can reconnect many parts of my stay for 2 different reasons:

  • Living in Japan was an experience that I will never forget;
  • I still managed to take as many photos as I could in order to reconnect the facts in the specified order.

The purpose of this blog is not to making it boring for the readers describing just my adventure, but also to make it interesting for the people that read it by using as many pictures as I can that show different parts of Japan, from its buildings, to its culture and the every day life of the Japanese people that arise from the understanding of my experience.
I went to Japan on 7th September 2012 and I came back to London on 5th August 2013. I went there to study as an exchange student from the University of Westminster in London UK to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (or just APU) in Beppu 別府 (Oita Prefecture 大分県 in Kyushu 九州). Here below I show you three maps just to give you an idea to where it is and I really hope that you will enjoy this blog.

From left to right: Map of Japan, Map of Kyushu and Map of Oita Prefecture (Click on the map to enlarge) (Sorry, I couldn’t turn the last one)

Why This Blog

Hello everybody,

I am finally posting my first post for the blog.

My name is Damien (or Nana-Chan as they used to call me in Japan due to my surname) and I am here to describe the 11 months that I passed in Japan.

The idea of this blog dates back few years, and my willingness to understand and therefore make the readers understand different aspects of Japan. I was meant to update the blog everyday in Japan, but because the wi-fi connection was not what I espected and also because my computer broke down after few months I was in Japan. Those 2 reasons made it difficult to update my blog while I was there, however, I can reconnect many parts of my stay for 2 different reasons:

  • Leaving in Japan was an experience that I will never forget;
  • I still managed to take as many photos as I could in order to reconnect the facts in the specified order.

The purpose of this blog is not to making it boring for the readers describing just my adventure, but also to make it interesting for the people that read it by using as many pictures as I can that show different parts of Japan, from its buildings, to its culture and the every day life of the Japanese people that arise from the understanding of my experience.

I went to Japan on 7th September 2012 and I came back to London on 5th August 2013. I went there to study as an exchange student from the University of Westminster in London UK to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (or just APU) in Beppu 別府 (Oita Prefecture 大分県 in Kyushu 九州). Here below I show you three maps just to give you an idea to where it is and I really hope that you will enjoy this blog.

From left to right: Map of Japan, Map of Kyushu and Map of Oita Prefecture (Click on the map to enlarge) (Sorry, I couldn’t turn the last one)