One annoying aspect that I find with living in Japan is the widespread social acceptance of smoking. Despite statistics showing that the smoking rate in Japan is less than 20%, walk into any izakaya and that number will feel more like 80%.
Many restaurants in Japan will have non-smoking sections but no attempt is made to properly separate the smoking and non-smoking sections. For non-smokers, this makes finding a nice restaurant to eat at a challenge.
On this episode of the GPod, I talk to Brad Stephenson from 25Cafes which is a website dedicated to reviewing the best 100% smoke free cafes in Tokyo.