わりかん [warikan] – Short for 割前勘定 [warimae kanjou], Literally: “billing by divided-share” this refers to dividing a restaurant/bar bill evenly among all members of a group.
This method of payment is common for larger groups of friends or co-workers that go to Japanese izakaya, where it’s unrealistic to try and keep track of who ate what food and how much they ate.
Other ways to pay the bill:
- 別々 [betsubetsu] – Everyone pays for the items they ordered.
- おごり [ogori] – One person pays the whole bill.