Japanese Menus and Izakaya Soliciting
Here is a clip of a Japanese menu (being twirled around spectacularly!)
They develop these skills while being on the street for hours soliciting pedestrians to eat at their restaurant.
They approach you as you are walking and say
“How about going to an izakaya?” or sometimes they shorten it to “How about Izakaya?”
An izakaya 居酒屋 is a Japanese style restaurant/bar.
This soliciting with the menu on the street is very common thing to see when they are walking around at night in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Ebisu and most major areas where there are bound to be restaurants and people around urban areas.
I have heard that in Shibuya, they are trying to crack down on this because it violates some street manners. The law on this is probably very vague nonetheless.
~ by gabuchan on January 11, 2008.