Sober Curious Lifestyle: Japan's Social Scene and Beyond

Sober Curious Lifestyle: Japan's Social Scene and Beyond
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海外で日本人はよくお酒を飲んで酔っ払って道で寝ているというイメージがあるそうですが、「飲まない人」はどんな生活をしているんでしょうか?Do you think a lot of Japanese people tend to drink excessively? Dive into the lives and viewpoints of those who choose not to drink at all.

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言葉の背景 (Word Background)


The first character, "居," means "to stay" or "to be present."

The second character, "酒," means "alcohol" or "sake."

The third character, "屋," means "store" or "shop."

So, putting it all together, "居酒屋" means something like "a shop where you stay and drink alcohol." It's a traditional Japanese pub where you can enjoy drinks and light snacks while socializing with friends and colleagues.



The word "otaku" in Japanese doesn't have as negative a connotation as it does in English. It's used to describe someone who has a strong curiosity or knowledge about a particular topic. For example, it can be used to refer to someone who is an "idol otaku," "plane otaku," "movie otaku," "history otaku," and so on.

単語 (Vocabulary)

(お)(さけ) - Alcohol
ソフトドリンク - Soft drink
マスター - Master (referring to the owner or head of a bar/restaurant)
勘違(かんちが)い - Misunderstanding
シラフ - Sober
宿泊(しゅくはく)(さき) - Accommodation
分野(ぶんや) - Field, area
(むし) - Insect
(ほし) - Star
()り - Fishing
テントウムシ - Ladybug
カタツムリ - Snail
コミュ(りょく) - Communication skills
研究(けんきゅう) - Research
歴史(れきし) - History
医者(いしゃ) - Doctor

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