BAR OTAKU
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An Izakaya from the team behind OTAKU RAMEN serving beer, sake, yakatori and Japanese soul food

An izakaya (居酒屋) (Japanese: [izakaja]) is a type of informal Japanese pub. They are casual places for after-work drinking and eating.

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Hours

Every Night
4pm-Midnight

Friday & Saturday
till 1am

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Location

505 12th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Located in Nashville’s premiere urban neighborhood, The Gulch

 

 

We are a walk in restaurant

we do not take reservations

 

What is an Izakaya?


iz·a·ka·ya

/ēˈzäkəyə,ēzəˈkīə/

noun

noun: izakaya; plural noun: izakayas

  1. a type of Japanese bar in which a variety of small, typically inexpensive, dishes and snacks are served to accompany the alcoholic drinks.


What are Daruma Dolls?


WHAT DOES DARUMA MEAN TO US?
We dream big at The Otaku Group. The Daruma is a symbol of the intention in everything we do to create craveable experiences for those who come through our doors at BAR OTAKU, OTAKU RAMEN and OTAKU TO-GO. Go ahead, make a wish.

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WHAT IS A DARUMA?
Daruma are wishing dolls in the image of the  Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism symbolizing perseverance

Nanakorobi yaoki
"Fall down seven times, stand up eight" 七転び八起き
…the phrase that represents the Daruma

The history of Daruma dolls has lasted over 4 centuries in Japan. Based on a monk by the name of Bodhidharma and his famous willpower to never give up, it inspired local farmers to create dolls in his likeness for good harvest prayers every year. The meaning of Daruma eventually came to mean good luck and endurance to all Japanese people.

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HOW TO USE A DARUMA DOLL

  • Focus on a goal, dream, you want to see come to life

  • Paint in one eye with a pen or marker. (Any eye is fine.)

  • Now get to work! The daruma works with you as you commit to your own success with the ups and downs of life. Stay the course and daruma will reward you

  • When your goal has been reached it’s time to paint in the daruma’s second eye.

  • Set a new goal


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