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Japanese Drinking Culture (1) In a Train

Since I started traveling to some countries, I realized that drinking habit is different from country to country, from people to people.

My boyfriend and I like trying local drinks when we travel abroad. In Thailand, although the time when shops are allowed to sell alcohol beverages is limited, still it is not difficult to get a decent beer. However, you cannot drink alcohol on trains. We were stopped drinking by a railway policeman in a sleeper train bound for Bangkok.

It is forbidden in Mongolia, too. Lots of Mongolians like drinking, some of them like too much. So we didn't think that it was a bad idea to drink in trains, but we were advised not to drink vodka on a train after we brought a nice bottle of Genghis Khan Vodka Black Label.

In some countries and areas such as Hong Kong, it is not allowed not only drinking but also eating in public trains. Then how about in Japan?

Japanese people like drinking. You can drink in trains, buses, Shinkansen. There are small shops selling beer or sake on the platform, or even you can buy them in some long distance trains. If you want to enjoy Sake or Shochu on a train, you don't have to carry big bottles like 750ml or 1800ml. They also have cute cups of Sake or Shochu, which is getting popular in other countries, recently. They are very handy and tasty.

When you travel long journey on a Japanese train, don't also forget the lunch boxes, which might be a signature food in the area you are traveling.


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