Japan Word of the Day #34 – Warikan (Going Dutch)

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Today’s Word is: Warikan (割り勘)

This is an useful word to remember when going out to restaurants with your friends.
Warikan is a combination of two words: warimae (=share) and kanjo (=bills).
It’s equivalent of “going Dutch” or “splitting the bill” in English.

In some countries such as China and Korea, it is impolite to ask for split bills.
In Japan, paying by warikan is a fairly common custom between friends. There is no tipping culture, so you can divide a bill down to one yen even.
However, it is also common in Japan for a man to treat a girl on a date (and many girls expect it), so use it accordingly depending on situations!

 

Image source: Yawaran

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