Friday was National Foundation Day, which saved us from going into work, and gave us a long weekend. I spent my day in the city with another JET, helping out the lady that I teach English for a few times a month. This lady is in a Buddhist organization abbreviated SGI, and a number of her fellow believers are plugged into the JET community in one way or another. So on Friday they decided to have a nice potluck dinner party and invited the people they knew. I didn’t know everyone, but I was there with about 8 others I interacted with to varying degrees.
We started off with getting the food, since it was a potluck. Well, I made some of my famous Jell-O, but luck me spilled it all in the car. I had to grab some fast food type noodles and bring that along to the event. I felt a bit like a loser, but there was plenty of food and proved to be no problem. There was all sorts of amazing food, including chickenham, some sort of bioengineering meat experiment. There were all sorts of noodles as well. We dug in and got to chatting and relaxing, it was a good time.
Apart from eating and snacking all night, there was was a bit of a concert, and talent show. A few people brought guitars and one guy a mandolin. He was absolutely amazing, and could just solo with any song that the other performers were playing. Other highlights included Ryan belting a tune, some Irish dancing, and just chatting. It was overall a good time, and a real meal once in a while does me good. Ethnicities represented at the event: American, English, Canadian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and of course Japanese.
Here is a picture of the arrangement, just sitting around a table. Mandolin guy is great.
“….taaaaaake a biiiiite…”