Throughout the world, pubs, restaurants, cafes and the like have been locked down due to the COVID-19 outbreak meaning many people are stuck at home alone unable to have their usual meet ups and social beers.
While most people have decided to temporarily halt their social activities, some in Japan are taking advantage of technology to still hang out and have a drink with their friends and loved ones while practising social distancing.
The trend, which has been described as On-nomi or “online drinking” has recently taken off among those self-isolating across Japan.
the term was coined in Japan by a group of over 10 women in their 40s after they began gathering on the teleconferencing app Zoom to have a few beers and chat about being stuck indoors due to the virus outbreak.
Ever since a few snaps of the new trend began making rounds on social media platforms, people from all over the world have joined in the fun to have a drink with their friends using video conferencing apps such as Skype, FaceTime or Zoom without risking infection.
Stay safe out there everyone and if you feel lonely or bored give it a go, meet up with your friends and family online for a beer and a chat!