#525 Standing Bars and Restaurants

Japan, and especially Tokyo, is low on space.

Standing bars and restaurants are commonplace across the country.

Especially in train stations.


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Typical foods like hot noodles – ramen, soba and udon – are common.

Fast-food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy.

Even restaurants like steak houses have embarked on creating a fast-food standing experience.

For example, Ikinari Steak.

いきなり・Ikinari means “suddenly” and ステーキ・steak… is steak.

It has a menu measured by gram, and you can choose the meat you want and how you want it done.


The whole experience takes around 30 minutes – making it a fast food restaurant with a meaty menu.

They also have a unique point system – you can become a Gold, Platinum or Diamond member and get free drinks and so on.

They definitely weren’t the first to take standing-resturants and make them more classy though.


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In Ginza the ex-CEO of Book Off, Takashi Sakamoto, launched 俺の・Ore-No restaurants (a masculine way of saying “My” in Japanese).

For example, Ore-no-Italian, Ore-no-French and so on.

Fine dining on a budget and a time limit!


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