I wouldn't recommend travelling to Japan in July as the weather is really hot and humid. Apparently, the best times of the year to go to Japan are April (cherry blosson season) and October/November (where the weather is nice and warm but not humid).
We were in Japan in July because Karen’s Japanese friend Aisa was getting married. During the day Karen attended the formal ceremony and at night we all went to the after party.
The Japanese really know how to party, it was one of the best nights we had in Japan!
There night was well catered with many yummy hors d’oeuvres.
And of course there was also alcohol…however the Japanese do not really know how to pour beer. One thing that us Aussies taught the Japanese was how to pour a glass of beer properly (ie: with a small amount of froth on top).
Pour at least 3/4 of the glass at a very sharp angle and then tilt the glass upright and continue pouring - the rule is that if there is more than a 5 cent head of froth, you have to skull it.
Also please note that it is not customary to pour oneself a drink, rather, people are expected to keep each other’s drinks topped up (it is considered rude to have to fill up your own glass!).
When you are ready, toast your glass and say ‘kampai’.
The MC and the cute bride and groom.
The MCs provided little notes to us gaijins to explain what we were in for…Let’s go nuts!
Welcome to Japan and Keigo & Asia's wonderful wedding party.
We hope you guys enjoy the party, let me explain about the party
JUST CHECK IT OUT and Let's go nuts! Cheers.
from organisers (MC Taishi and DJ Buchi)
[Food and drink]
- You can take anything you want.
- As for food, you have to help yourself.
Please keep your name plate with you anytime, because it is used during game later.
Let the games begin…
For the games to begin we had to form teams, our name tag contained a letter (mine was F) and we had to find the other people in our team by finding people with the same letter on their name tag. Each team had 9 or 10 members.
We played a few games including gesture games (ie: charades).
Each member of the team had to act out the word given to them on the placard, when the rest of the team guesses the right answer, we rotate. All the placards were in Japanese except when it was one of us Aussies and we got gesture the word from a special English list.
We also played musical chairs and I WON. I was given a prize for winning by the groom – it was a iPod touch. I couldn’t believe it!
The bride likes to do hawaiian dancing and performed a little hawaiian dance for us with her best friend.
As a surprise for the bride the MCs secretly took hawaian dancing classes and performed a dance. The MC group is called CHRYM which I think means chilled out.
Of course a party will not be a party without awesome friends and we all have a few friends who we can always trust to get the party happening and the drunken antics started.
Guy A – The obnoxious drunk who points and shouts at every opportunity.
Guy B and C – Dancing drunks.
(Spot the gaijin)
The Japanese have crazy parties but they make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
As everyone entered the party a Polaroid was taken of each guest and we were required to write a message on the photo for the bride and groom, and then put the photo in a box.
Congrats to Aisa and Keigo!
Piece of the wedding cake.