Alcohol

Drinking after work is quite a tradition in Japan, and bars and izakaya restaurants are usually filled with "salary men" in the evenings. In Japanese, the word "sake" can be used to describe any type of alcoholic beverage. The most famous Japanese alcohol is of course "nihonshu", or Japanese rice wine. But other alcohols such as shochu spirits, umeshu liqueur or whiskey are also very popular. In recent years, Japan has also started to cultivate white and red wines, though they are not yet well known internationally. Many regions are famous for a specific type of alcohol, and traveling Japan allows one to enjoy a large variety of different flavors.