This year’s new batch of teachers included a couple from South Africa who, eager to bring their culture to Kagawa, held the area’s first ever Braai Day. This is a September 24 holiday and is basically just BBQ. It could probably be compared to a memorial day weekend in America. The main planner of the even was Leandi, who pitched the idea and then sought a good place to hold it. Since I already had a grill, tons of space, and arguably the most beautiful surroundings among the JETs, my house seemed to be the perfect location. I’m always to play the host and get people out here for a good time. The day saw about 20 people making the trek, a lot of meat, and a lot of fun. We set up on the newly finished brick patio area in front of my apartment and people showed up throughout the afternoon.
A few of the crew
I had ordered a few kilos of spare ribs and 150 chicken skewers from a shop in town, but there was also a traditional South African sausage, wild boar, and whatever else people brought out. The other guy from South Africa took control of the braai and had the meat coming all night. As we ate, we enjoyed some socializing, games and the usual fare until it was dark. So as not to disturb the neighbors any further, we moved it inside ’till late in the night. We of course did our late night dip in the river, ice cold and all, and eventually retired to bed. I think that a 2nd annual may be likely, if the neighbors don’t mind too much. I did worry my landlord a bit, but none of the neighbors seemed to mind when I made my rounds the next day.
American pride had its place as well