Why do many tachinomiya have chairs?

They are almost always tall chairs or stools, which I guess makes it almost like you are standing in that way that the name 立飲屋 (standing drinking place) would make you imagine. However, I’ve decided that I was taking the name of the place too literally when this question first popped into my head.

In Japan the forms of informal/ friendly eating and drinking places are very important, and standing up is one of the most important ways of making the experience intimate and casual. I’ve therefore come to the provisional conclusion that “tachi…” has now half lost its literal meaning in those circumstances and instead represents the lack of formality in such places.

1 Comment

  1. mike said,

    March 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    For the benefit tired people. or ladies. or tired ladies.


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