I wrote this guide to Japanese hangover cures for Japanzine way back in April, 2006. My memories of writing it are hazy, largely because – in my pre-teetotal days, when I was fully embarked upon a successful drinking career – I merrily put myself through the research described in detail below. I’ve re-written this article on a couple of occasions since, though never with quite the same grizzly authenticity.
For the lucky few, the heady highs of New Years Eve are a fond and distant memory. Most of us came through it battered and bedeviled, but ultimately unscathed – and eager for more liver abuse the following weekend. For others less robust, your harrowed correspondent included, the experience was a disturbing one. As the years pile up and each weekend blends into the next, hangovers become less a medical problem than an existential crisis.
Happy news, then, that hanami season is just around the corner, a period when “I’m sorry, I’ve got work tomorrow” holds no sway whatsoever. True, there’s always the oolong-cha option, but seriously, who amongst us is really that strong? Once the atsukan starts flowing, all hope is lost. It’s every man for himself. Last one with a necktie round his head’s a whoopsie. Look, mama! I’m dancing!Read More