Thank you for choosing to enjoy our traditional Japanese dining experience. The Japanese characters for "Izakaya" directly translate to “Stay Sake Shop” and these restaurants originated from sake shops that allowed customers to drink in the shop. In modern times, Izakaya more closely resemble pubs or taverns. The Kanji for AMU represent the balance between opposites, having and not having, to be or not to be. We consider AMU a fun place to enjoy Japanese spirits combined with seriously good food.