Get on the Party Train!

December 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm

You may already know this, but Japanese people love to party. Not just college kids, but older people, too — sloshing their beer and turning uneven shades of red throughout the night. Especially throughout December, there’s an upsurge of merriment to commemorate the year’s end. An izakaya (tapas restaurant) is typically the venue of choice, but these days people are getting more and more creative. Take this kegger for example:

It’s a new concept developed in Toyohashi City where you get on a slow-moving densha (train) for 90 minutes and enjoy many rounds of beer and a hot bowl of oden (an assortment of fishcakes and vegetables). They’ve dubbed it “oden-sha.” (Oden + densha, harhar) Looks fun, but my only concern is, where’s the bathroom? If it’s a cadre of coworkers, I’d be especially embarrassed to unload my dinner on them. Beer and motion sickness does that to me. =P

Boats are another vessel for drunken festivity. If you’re ever around Tokyo Bay you’ll see them floating around like lanterns along a river. It’s a beautiful site. Though inside I’m sure people are barfing up a storm.

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The idea behind having so many parties is to reaffirm ties with the people you interact with on a regular basis. Just like with sending out New Year’s greeting cards, we just want to make sure we’ll be there for each other even into the new year. But besides that, constant partying is a great way to stimulate a slow economy. And that’s just what we need right now. \(^o^)/

Himawari

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