• Ja
  • Japanese Browsers Gmail IMAP

Japanese Culture

94
57642
Wed 2007/10/24 17:12 JST
Fd841db8e43bbe4c1f8790997c9e1bc8

One thing that I found interesting when I started to indulge in Japanese culture is the way Japanese folks pay for a meal.

Rather than somebody getting the whole bill, Japanese people tend to pay for what they had. This is known as Warikan [割り勘].
If you are in Japan with friends at a restaurant, when you approach the till, more often than not, you will be asked "Betsu Betsu desuka?" which means "will you be paying separately?" or they may ask in a different way - "Go Issho desuka?" which means "are you paying all together?"

In the UK or US, I was accustomed to either party paying for the whole meal. While I think this is fine, I do come across people who *never* want to pay for the meal.
What do you usually do/prefer?

BTW, this picture of a till was taken last Sunday at a seafood place in Chiba by the beach.

Tokyo · CEO Mirai Inc
http://www.dannychoo.com/profile

Director for Culture Japan. Creator of Mirai Suenaga. Member of the Japanese governments METI CIIC.
経済産業省クリエイティブ産業国際展開懇談会委員。
テレビ番組カルチャージャパンのディレクターと司会。
twitter.com/dannychoo
facebook.com/dannychoodotcom

Related

  • NitroPlus

    The next Japanese Office Tour is of the game/eroge/anime maker NitroPlus. This is more of a look at the...

     Wed 08/03/26
    63
    119410
  • Tokyo 2001 - 2004

    Following on from Tokyo 1999 - 2001. 2001 August was when I joined Amazon but will leave the nitty grit...

     Sat 08/10/04
    125
    127135
  • Japanese Calendars

    Calendars for the following year go on sale pretty early. We started promotion of calendars early at Am...

     Thu 07/10/25
    35
    62716
  • Ginza Xmas

    Seasons greetings! Hows your Christmas festivities going so far? Christmas in Japan is just like any ot...

     Mon 06/12/25
    22
    87920

Comments

Create Comment Show comments
  1. Loading-pulse