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Christmas Party 2013 Announcement
Date: Saturday, December 21st
For most of the past 470 years, Christmas was banned in Japan, but in the last 50 years Christmas has become a secular festival. It is largely driven by commercial interests, the “Christmas Muzak” starts playing in the shopping malls the day after Halloween – another newish secular festival driven primarily by commercial interests.
It is not a public holiday, shops are open, people are working hard, but it is still fun, with some impressive illuminations, Christmas dinners, and the mass consumption of unfortunately geographically located poultry. For illuminations, Nagoya station and local sites such as “Denpark” are worth a visit.
As many of our students come from countries that celebrate Christmas, we will be hosting a party on Saturday December 21st, and our “White Christmas” tour on December 25th. Our party begins at 7pm on Saturday, ending around midnight. We will begin with the Christmas Tree decoration (for Christmas trees the bling is the thing), and then enjoy great food and fantastic live music.
For 3000 yen on the night, or 2500 yen if you pay in advance, you can enjoy 5 hours of fun. The live music will be provided by a wonderful band called Smile Smile. The same band that performed at the wonderful Halloween Party. The food is buffet style. Just help yourself to refills. Drinks at the bar likewise. All you can eat Turkey with “all the fixings”, with complimentary mulled wine etc (non-alcoholic drinks are also available).
In addition to the drinks included in the entry fee, you can buy pints of Guinness from a freshly tapped keg for 500 yen (normally Guinness in Japan costs 800-1200 yen per pint depending on location/time. You can blame or thank Declan for this debacle). There will also be some (bottled) Belgian beers including Chimay, Leffe, and Trappist Rochefort. Enjoy.
As part of our on-going project to support the communities of Tohoku affected by the March 11 2013 Tsunami, we will be raffling an amazing good bottle of sake from Nihonmatsu in Fukushima (Daishichi Junmaikimoto/大七 純米生酛). This 1.8 liter bottle is from the Daishichi brewery (www.daishichi.com), and as before, all proceeds from the raffle will be transferred to the Fishing Co-operative in Kesennuma, or to NGO’s operating in the Sanriku coastal area of Tohoku.
Last train/bus info: Please contact us if you are concerned about timetables.