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Ohiya (お冷 – Cold Water)

  • Ohiya


    Yesterday I wrote about a drinking party.

    In Japanese drinking spots or Japanese-style bars, we often order “ohiya” (お冷) at the end of the party.

    “Ohiya” is composed of the polite prefix “o” (お) and the “hiya” (冷や), meaning “cold,” and it usually refers to “cold water.”

    It was once called as “ohiyashi” (お冷やし), and as used as a polite term that means “mizu” (水 – water) by women in the imperial court.

    After the Edo period, it has come to be used regardless of gender, and now it’s often used in Japanese-style bars/pubs.

    Note that if you omit the prefix “o” and just say “hiya,” it will mean cold/room-temperature Japanese sake.

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