May BBQ-lesson #99

Good morning everyone,

It's a rainy day out there and it looks like it's going to rain for most of the morning and early afternoon. Hopefully it'll stop raining at some point later in the afternoon. Tomorrow we'll be back to warm and mostly sunny weather with a high of 26C. It'll get up to 29C by Friday! I thought they said it was going to be cooler this year?

So, yesterday we had a bbq by the river and it was great! Thanks to everyone who came out! We had a lot of fun! Well, I can't speak for everyone, but I certainly had a lot of fun, and as usual, I learnt something about Japanese people. Every time I hold an event, I learn a little more and hopefully I'll get it right one of these days.
school bbq pinata
Here's a picture of me explaining about piñata-even at a bbq, I can't stop being a teacher...ha ha!

At the Christmas Party champagne was a huge hit, so I figured I'd be clever and throw a few bottles in the cooler for the bbq. Strike one. That's right. Japanese people let the season dictate what they drink. Not that I should have been surprised-in Japan, seasons dictate a lot of things-fashion, food, free time activities, so why not drinks? Of course we drink to suit the occasion-no beer before lunch, wine with Italian or French food, champagne at festive events. Anyway, no one-not one single person drank champagne! So, I had to carry those frickin' heavy bottles back home too! In retrospect, I should have given them away-people could have kept them till Christmas this year...ha ha!

And after one beer, a lot of people switched to iced tea-either Oolong or Jasmine-so I probably should have thrown a couple of extra bottles of tea. We ran out of tea within the first couple of hours...but there were 3 bottles of iced coffee that no one touched...hmmm...what's the difference between iced tea and iced coffee? I'm not sure why, but for Japanese people they are different. So, next time, no iced coffee and extra iced tea. Strike two.

At parties back home, we invite friends from the different parts of our life to the same party-friends from work, school friends, friends from the gym, and...whomever. They don't know each other, but they mingle and get to know each other and make new friends. Japanese parties...not so much. Almost everyone came with a 'friend' or two and once they had their food and drink, they split up and went sat with their friends and didn't really mingle...I have to fix that next time. Strike three.  I'm just not sure how to do it...ha ha!

You'd think that the party wasn't a success with the things that I learnt, but far from it. They were just little things that I'll remember for next time to make the next bbq/party EVEN better! Hope to see you there!

Have a great day!

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