Beer Garden

8 Aug

In Japan, especially during the summer, 「ビアガーデン」 (“beer gardens”) are popular.

Are they popular in your country?

Many places, such as the Tokyo Dome, Roppongi Hills, etc., have beer gardens only during the summer months.
And many beer gardens in Japan are on the rooftops on restaurants.

Beer gardens in Japan are simply an outdoor venue to drink beer and eat food with friends in the evening summer breeze.

A great way to cool off and enjoy summer.

The “Let’s Enjoy Tokyo” website has launched a “Beer Garden” website that shows information about most of the beer gardens in the Tokyo area this summer.

It’s in Japanese only…but click here to see the Beer Garden website.

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32 Responses to “Beer Garden”

  1. tokyo5 August 16, 2010 at 2:21 am #

    hakuchin :

    …I kinda need those time outs ;)

    As I said…”if you wanted to.”

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  2. hakuchin August 15, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    Hahaha, yeah, well, that had been. It’s far in the past ^^ Okay, of course there are still some differences when it comes to work and things, but since Germany is one country again since 1990 it should be alright 🙂
    Well, there are differences in North and South, of course ^^ first, when it comes to the south (especially Bavaria) there’s the difference in language. Where I live, we speak traditional German, Bavaria speaks some pretty awesome slang which is (I think since a few years ago) an own individual language. Also, since Bavaria is a “free state” many Germans make fun of them like “Oh, so you’re coming from abroad? Why? because Bavaria is not Germany, you even got your own language!” It’s kind of like with BE and AE or AE and the slang black people speak ^^

    Because I don’t like beer, it tastes so baaaaaaadddd~

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    • tokyo5 August 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

      >Because I don’t like beer, it tastes so baaaaaaadddd

      I definitely don’t agree. 😉

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      • hakuchin August 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

        >I definitely don’t agree. 😉

        Hehe, thought so. The only beer-like thing I like is malt beer. But since I don’t really like to drink alcohol in general, maybe the beer taste is not the cause 🙂

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      • tokyo5 August 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

        >I don’t really like to drink

        That’s probably healthier. 😉

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      • hakuchin August 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

        >That’s probably healthier. 😉

        yeah, it is but since I smoke I don’t think there’s a difference 🙂 but compared to the German youth I live quite healthy haha

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      • tokyo5 August 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

        Smoking’s probably a worse vice since people who smoke commonly smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day.

        I only drink a can or two of beer each day. 😉

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      • hakuchin August 16, 2010 at 12:12 am #

        ahh, no no, I don’t smoke that much ^^ Okay, it depends on the stress factor but usually I smoke about 3-10 cigarettes a day. So it can be compared with a sixpack of beer? haha

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      • tokyo5 August 16, 2010 at 12:28 am #

        An average pf 6 or 7 per day.
        That’s not bad. It seems like it’d be easy for you to quit completely…if you wanted to. 😉

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      • hakuchin August 16, 2010 at 12:37 am #

        yeah, that’s true ^^ it would be ^^ But since I’m smoking less, these cigarettes are like a “time out” for me from school or personal things and at the moment, I kinda need those time outs 😉

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  3. hakuchin August 15, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    As pongrocks already said, there are many beer gardens here in germany ^^ although there are less in the north, where I live. Also, there is much difference between a south and north german beer garden. Like, in the south (Bavaria for example) you can bring along your own food and drinks and can sit down there to chat, but don’t have to buy anything (of course it would be nice if someone bought a beer or food haha). In the north meanwhile you can’t bring your food or drinks at all and have to buy things in the beer garden (and believe me, it’s quite expencive!). There is a TV show (called Galileo here, some information show where they send important things to survive the day or special things like doing tests on technical things or such. Really interesting sometimes ^^) and just recently they made a beer garden test ^^ It was about one beer garden in Munich, one in Cologne and one in Hambourg and they listed the differences and what they had in common. Well, the beer garden in munich was kind of the best because you were able to do what you want there.

    Besides that I also think that beer gardens in south Germany are better. I’ve lived in Munich for 3 years and the beer gardens were good (although I don’t drink beer 🙂 ) but here in the north you can just not feel free. It’s disturbing :/

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    • tokyo5 August 15, 2010 at 1:52 am #

      I don’t know much about Germany at all, but I thought it was East and West that were different there…not North and South.

      >although I don’t drink beer

      Why not? 😉

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  4. Natalie L. Sin August 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    tokyo5 :
    I see.
    I didn’t know the Japanese TV show “Kisarazu Cat’s Eye” was known outside of Japan.
    What country are you from? Is this show popular in your country?

    I’m from America. The show isn’t popular here, I found out about it through Kishidan. Thanks to Yesasia.com, and ebay, I can find a lot of Japanese CDs and DVDS.

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    • tokyo5 August 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

      Do you watch many Japanese movies and listen to Japanese music?

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      • Natalie L. Sin August 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

        I’ve watched quite a few Japanese movies. My favorites are “Iichi the Killer” and “Big Bang, Juvenile A.” I don’t listen to a ton of bands from any country, I tend to hyper focus on the stuff I really love. I adore Kishidan and DJ Ozma, and also like X Japan and Gyoko.

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      • tokyo5 August 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

        DJ Ozma is in the “Fanta” band with Marty Friedman…

        https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/kiss-and-friedman/

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  5. Natalie L. Sin August 12, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    tokyo5 :
    What parts of Japan will you visit?
    (And Kirin is the best beer. Okinawa’s “Orion Beer” is excellent too).

    Tokyo and Chiba (I want to visit Kisarazu).

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    • tokyo5 August 12, 2010 at 1:31 am #

      Chiba is near Tokyo and there are many nice places to visit in that prefecture…but Chiba’s not really well-known outside of Japan (even though both Tokyo Disneyland and Narita Airport are actually in Chiba).

      So, why do you want to visit Chiba? And why Kisazura, Chiba, Japan in particular?

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      • Natalie L. Sin August 12, 2010 at 5:25 am #

        I want to go to the Urayasu fish market, and see where Capt. Morita works (lead singer of Gyoko). Also, I am a big Kishidan fan. So I want to see Kisarazu, and walk around where they shot “Kisarazu Cat’s Eye.” I wrote a short story about Kisarazu (I am a horror writer), that will be published in a few weeks, so I’m excited to see it in person!

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      • tokyo5 August 12, 2010 at 9:46 am #

        I see.

        I didn’t know the Japanese TV show “Kisarazu Cat’s Eye” was known outside of Japan.

        What country are you from? Is this show popular in your country?

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  6. Natalie L. Sin August 10, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    Sounds fun 🙂 I’m going to Japan for the first time, and love their beer!

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    • tokyo5 August 10, 2010 at 11:26 am #

      When are you going to visit Japan?
      For how long?

      What is your favorite Japanese beer?

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      • Natalie L. Sin August 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

        For a week or so in October. My favorite beer is Sapporo. I want to try Kirin and Ebisu!

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      • tokyo5 August 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

        What parts of Japan will you visit?

        (And Kirin is the best beer. Okinawa’s “Orion Beer” is excellent too).

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  7. pongrocks August 10, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    Well, we have lot’s of “Biergärten” (beer gardens) in Germany. I’m not 100% sure, but I think Germany is the origin of them.

    I like drinking beer, but I don’t go to beer gardens. I guess they rather attract people in their 30’s and older. I’m 20 now and I rather buy a not so expensive beer crate with my friends and drink somewhere else 🙂

    You know, there was this television commercial for Paulaner Weißbier (a German wheat beer brand) where 3 Asian men (probably Japanese, I can’t remember) sit in a beer garden and try to order some beers with their dictionary. So I guess most Germans know that Japanese like beer gardens… 😉

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    • tokyo5 August 10, 2010 at 1:46 am #

      >I think Germany is the origin of them.

      Yes, I think Japanese 「ビアガーデン」 (“beer gardens”) were inspired by German “Biergärten”.

      >I don’t go to beer gardens. I guess they rather attract people in their 30′s and older.

      HAHA. 🙂 Well, I’m 40 so I guess I fit the profile. 😉

      >I’m 20 now

      Only 20! I was 20 when I came to Japan. It doesn’t seem so long ago.
      (So, you were born in 1990? The year I moved to Japan.)

      >there was this television commercial…3 Asian men…try to order some beers with their dictionary. So I guess most Germans know that Japanese like beer gardens…

      That sounds funny. I’d like to see that commercial.

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      • pongrocks August 10, 2010 at 2:00 am #

        haha, found it, even with German AND Japanese subtitles… 🙂 well, it’s not the one I had in mind, so I guess there are a few more.

        I was born in 1989 by the way 🙂

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      • tokyo5 August 10, 2010 at 2:20 am #

        Yes, they’re Japanese people in that TV commercial. Speaking Japanese.

        >I was born in 1989

        I was born in 1969. You make me feel old! 😉

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  8. metalodyssey August 9, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    No beer gardens in the U.S., although I like to drink beer on Summer nights in my backyard, amidst my garden and abundant flower gardens. So, in a way, I guess I have my very “personal” beer garden. It’s a great way to enjoy a nighttime Summer breeze, especially after I have mowed the lawn, weed whacked and hand pulled weeds! It’s all necessary work I truly enjoy.

    Where I live, it’s either a bar, tavern, a bar in a restaurant, a club (where bands play) or a beer at the ballpark or outdoor concert. Maybe I left out one or two. Beer Gardens has a very friendly “ring” to it too… it’s just how it comes across to me. Thanks for letting the rest of us know about your cool Beer Gardens over there in Tokyo, I never would have known about it otherwise.

    Stone

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    • tokyo5 August 10, 2010 at 1:38 am #

      >No beer gardens in the U.S.

      It’s too bad.

      >although I like to drink beer on Summer nights in my backyard

      Sounds great. What kind of beer do you like best?

      >after I have mowed the lawn, weed whacked and hand pulled weeds!

      I live in the city. No lawn to cut. 😉

      >Where I live, it’s either a bar, tavern, a bar in a restaurant, a club (where bands play) or a beer at the ballpark or outdoor concert.

      Which do you prefer? Actually I simply like having a beer or two everyday at home, in a restaurant or at the excellent festivals in Japan.

      >Thanks for letting the rest of us know about your cool Beer Gardens over there in Tokyo, I never would have known about it otherwise.

      You should come check them out. 😉

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  9. bartman905 August 9, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    I recently blogged about the Tokyo Beer Paradise 2010 held at Roppongi Hills about 2 months ago http://bartman905.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/tokyo-beer-paradise-2010/.

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    • tokyo5 August 10, 2010 at 1:28 am #

      Thanks. Actually, I saw your post.

      Have you gone to many beer gardens while you were in Japan?

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