Yesterday was my birthday and my school's Bon Enkai (end of year party). Our Bon Enkai was at the the New Otani Hotel (a very swank hotel downtown) at a restaurant that had an international buffet. The restaurant was on the 40th floor and we had spectacular views of the Shinjuku skyline and Tokyo Tower (sorry, I forget to take pictures). The food was adequate but the deserts were amazing, they even had creme brulee ... my favorite! The party was fun. The mc's were very entertaining and the 1st year teachers serenaded Happy Birthday to me too. Everyone seemed to have a good time. I even won a chocolate fondue set playing bingo!!!
After our dinner... I convinced some of the teachers to head down the street for an after dinner drink. Simon, my other foreigner co-worker and teacher/mentor/friend said that he was really impressed that I got so many people to come. It was a great night. Everyone made sure my glass was full at every moment of the night and kept wishing me a happy birthday. I have to say it was a pretty fun birthday, probably the best since my Shimo Girls threw me a surprise one my first year in Japan.
Thanks everyone for making my 31st birthday a special one!!! Special thanks goes out to Simon who also treated me to a pre and post Bon Enkai beer!