At the party that I missed as a result of my basketball club’s first meeting, Rob met a group of Japanese students that were really fun. Hiroki and Dai invited Rob to come to their bar, and so we went on Thursday. It was located literally 1,000 feet from the front gate of the school, so it was an easy find. We showed up quite early with the intention of leaving early because of our morning classes. Hiroki and Dai were both there and began to serve us drinks as we explained why we were in Japan and gave them our stories. At first it was only Adrienne, Aka (our Chinese friend), Jessika, Rob and I, but two other Japanese girls showed up. We were all talking and hanging out, and then I noticed something strange. The bartenders were drinking with us! After a while we started playing drinking games with the bartenders and everyone else in the bar…It was hilarious. Japanese drinking games are very fun and we played many, but I will only attempt to explain one of them.
It’s called the Bamboo Chute game. Here’s how it works. You start with a simple chant: “bamboo bamboo kikyo kikyo.” After the chant, you are supposed to put your hands above your head shouting a number like you are counting everyone. You can only say one number and everyone has to go. If you are last, drink. If two or more people say the same number at the same time, they all drink. Maybe it is best explained in person, but it was a lot of fun.
The next day, a bunch of the English Education students as well as Rob and I went to a very cool restaurant called Yakuniku. You order raw meats and rice, and then you cook the meat on your own on the grill in the center of the table. It was incredibly delicious!