Interview/Article: Sena Kondo
Although it wasn't very common in the past for girls to drink out alone, the influence of TV dramas and manga helped many Japanese girls around thirty to change that image.
Still, many girls feel uncomfortable drinking out alone. Abeshi, of the pixiv editorial department, is one of them. How to choose the right shop? What if I'm not an expert when it comes to different kinds of liquor? How should I spend time if I'm drinking alone?
We need someone experienced to help us understand. That's why we decided to talk to Chie Shinkyu, the mangaka behind Wakakozake which depicts the reality of girls who enjoy eating and drinking out by themselves.
Chie Shinkyu is an unmatched drinker! She has a dedicated shelf at home too!
Doubts and fears when drinking alone!
1. Choosing a shop
2. How to order drinks and food
3. How to spend time
4. Rules for drinking alone
I hope "Wakakozake" will encourage many girls to start drinking alone!
Following Chie Shinkyu's advice, here's our staff's drinking alone debut!
After listening to what Shinkyu-sensei had to say, our staff feels way more confident and almost ready for their debut!
Today we're following Abeshi, of the pixiv editiorial department.
The shop where she decided to go is called Nihon Shuya and she had her eyes on it for the longest time. It's a typical Japanese bar, serving sake and Japanese dishes.
The shop is located not far away from one of Kichijoji's main streets, and the atmosphere around it is calm and mature.
Let's have a drink at home first!
Abeshi decided to have a glass of delicious handmade sangria before heading out.
First, a nice cold beer!
Time to order her first drink. Following Shinkyu's advice, she decides to start out with a refreshing beer. A bottle beer is ready to drink right away, and goes well with most of the food on the menu.
I'm glad I chose a beer as my first drink. It's so refreshing!
1st round: Beer x Toriwasa
2nd Round: Japanese sake x Mixed nibbles
She really wants to follow the advice in Wakakozake and order some food that goes well with it, but everything looks so nice that she can't really choose! Finally, she spots a way out: one of the things listed on the menu is "3 assorted nibbles for 1 person"!
Abeshi is now a little tipsy after two drinks and some great food. Time to talk to the owner!
Abeshi's lone drinker debut was a great success!!
Just like Shinkyu said, when you're drinking alone, alcohol is a tool for communication. However, when you're by yourself, it's the main focus of it all!
If you're looking for something new to try this year, why not try drinking alone for once? Just like Wakako, protagonist of Wakakozake, enjoy some delicious drinks and food the way you never did before!
Shop Info: Nihon Shuya
Address: 1F LadyBird Building, 2-7-13 Kichijōji Honchō, Musashino, Tokyo