Read in Japan Up!, a free magazine about Japanese Cuisine and Trends, while I was waiting for my take-out ramen. (Clearly, my mother, boyfriend, husband or roommate was not at home cooking for me at that point.) This excerpt is from an article about Japanese tapas restaurants (a.k.a. Izakaya restaurants):
"Don't forget than an Izakaya could be another home for you. If your mother, girlfriend, wife or roommate is not at home cooking for you, you can spend your own dinnertime at an Izakaya. Instead of lonely buying hamburgers and French fries at a drive thru, enjoy your favorite healthy dishes from the Izakaya menu, which have variety of dishes to choose from. If you sit down at a counter, a chef or waitress could be your chatting partner. Izakaya restaurants are not just there when you have gatherings or celebrations, it's also there during tough and lonesome times."