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.

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