Japanese take firm stand on dining culture


Customers eating soba and udon noodles at a stand-up noodle shop called "Tachigui Soba" in Tokyo, Japan, Sept 26, 2017. - Reuters/Issei Kato.

TOKYO: While millions in China celebrate Singles' Day today, many Japanese will be nursing a drink or slurping noodles at "stand up" bars and eateries.

Nov 11, or 11.11, it is said in Japan, looks like two pairs of legs standing. And drinking on your feet, or "tachinomi" in Japanese, is a deep-rooted casual dining subculture in the typically tight-suited society that has a code of conduct for every setting.

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