Soldiers returning from the Russo-Japanese war brought with them a taste for eating meat, which eventually spread throughout Japanese society. While meat had been available in Japan since the arrival of westerners, few Japanese were interested in eating it. With the invention of a Japanese style dish, sukiyaki, meateating began to take hold. Beer, an instant success with the Japanese, was imported from England to accompany the beef. The first beer hall in Tokyo opened for business in 1899.
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