Weekend Update – JETAANY Shinnenkai and Galit’s Birthday

On Friday night, I attended the JETAANY Shinnenkai (新年会 "New Years Party") at Naniwa in Midtown.  We sat on the floor of a traditional Japanese tatami room and ate sushi and fish and beef nabe (鍋 hotpot). Very 懐かしい (nostalgic) of my days in Japan.  The 飲み放題 (all-you-can-drink) definitely helped to up the festive factor. 😉 I can't believe it's only been six months since coming back to the States, but sometimes my life in Japan seems like a distant fantasy. I won second prize in the raffle drawing, an autographed copy of The Accidental Office Lady, by Laura Kriska. First prize was a 1 year basic membership at the Japan Society.  The evening could not have been any more perfect, except for the lack of karaoke.  I read the whole book today (Sunday), and really identified with Laura's experience in Japan, and her descriptions of the culture and the environment really made me miss Japan again.

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On Saturday, I trekked out to Brooklyn to attend my co-worker, Galit's, birthday party in an amazing loft in an otherwise desolate corner of Greenpoint.  Definitely worth the trip and what seemed like a 50-mile hike from the Lorimer stop on the L-train.  Shame on those who chavved out on the party!  Chav is an established term, but "chav out" is an expression that I am nearly single-handedly trying to spread.

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