Kagawa recently put on my first ever charity ball to raise funds for the Tohoku region and tsunami relieve efforts. It was put on by the Kagawa AJET chapter and was held at the Sunport Hall, one of Takamatsu’s finest venues for classy events. For a while people had been talking about having some sort event where we could play dress up and dance. Tacking on the charity aspect ensured that we buy tickets, lest we be overtaken with guilt. In my case, I cared more about those I could invite to the party than the actual dancing itself. And because in addition to this event I had few other things that weekend, it was a great opportunity for not only Kanako to come over, but also my college buddy Spencer who had only recently begun his own teaching career to the west of me.
Of course as a formal event I had to look the part, so I threw on my freshly pressed suit and also debuted my necktie skills. I dare say that the dazzling Kanako and dapper I made for a divine couple.
The three of us arrived fashionably late by about 2 hours due my obligations at the Firefly Festival. I definitely think that was the right call though. Sure we were a little lost for some of the dance steps, but 2 hours of learning jive at a snail’s pace with a constantly rotating partner who would almost never be Kanako wasn’t so appealing. We did manage to catch the final 30 minutes and that was quite enough. Once the floor opened for free dancing, everyone abandoned it at once for the free food and treats. Suddenly the room felt enormous, but people made their way back out to the floor in due time. I’ll add that the vast majority of those in attendance were my fellow English teachers and our Japanese friends, but there were also some coworkers and adults we were able to entice as well.
At this point we all just mingled, floated, and tried out a few of the steps we learned. From the time we arrived, there were about 2 hours before we all left to find our own way into the night. At about nine the homebodies departed and then everyone else not wanting to waste a perfectly good session of dress up tore off into the city to see what havoc could be wrecked. Most of us got food, and then stopped at Drunk Monkeys. Despite a number of us wanting to dance, we were inhibited by dead clubs and wound up continuing the night at Amazon. Finally at around 4am we decided to turn in, but it was certainly a great night. I am definitely hoping that this event repeats itself next year. It’s for a great cause, and also allows me the rare chance to don a gentleman’s hat.
Spencer, Kanako and I also had some fun with purikura, the Japanese photo booths that are so popular with the girls.