The long-term sluggishness of Japan's economy has made cheap dates, emphasizing fun and togetherness over glamor and extravagance, quite common, even popular.
But know this: when you mix first dates with alcohol, it can result in a cocktail that's more dangerous than a Long Island iced tea -- that is, if you don't follow a certain imbibing protocol.
To guide you, here are seven dos and don'ts for drinking on a first date to ensure that your first impression is a good one.
Suggesting a bar for your initial romantic meeting can be daunting.
For instance, opting for Miller Lite at a craft brewery suggests that you're an unadventurous square; taking shots at dinner says you're looking to get after it instead of get to know the person you're with; and ordering a mudslide anywhere other than Applebee's says you have the palate of a second-grader.
A few years ago, a guy took me out for sushi on a first date; I hadn't realized it was a BYOB restaurant until he met me at the door with two wine bottles in tow.