Thursday, January 29, 2015

IIES New Year Party 2015

Sunday we attended the annual international exchange society’s new year party. Hard to believe this is the fourth we’ve attended! (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Ted made a crock pot of baked beans, a typical American dish that many Japanese people haven’t tasted.  There was a lot of delicious food!

After  being welcomed to the party, we all filled our plates.

My plate

table decorations

After eating and eating, the game playing began.  First we played a fun gambling game. Each person started with a ten yen coin and did the Japanese version of rock paper scissors with someone else.  The winner took the loser’s coin and the loser lined up behind the winner. This went on with the losers lining up behind the winners into longer snake-like lines until there were just two winners with lines.  One of the two lost and the other took all of the ten yen coins.  I lost my first round, but Ted was winning for quite a long time until he lost.

Next we played bingo. Everyone seemed to really like this simple game. There were many prize bags that bingo winners could choose from.  Ted won a bottle of soy sauce and I won a fancy box of chocolates.

We wrote New Year’s resolutions on a paper shaped like a house with Japanese pictures on it and taped it to the wall at the beginning of the party.  After bingo, we read our resolutions.

Soon after that it was time to go home. It was a great international get-together with people from Japan, the US, Canada, and Italy.


  1. Good food and a fun time! Thanks for sharing.

  2. There certainly was a lot of food! Games are a great way to get to know new people. I am sure you had fun.

  3. Oh that looks like loads of fun! And food.....yummy food!

  4. This sounds like such a lovely exercise, and the food looks amazing, annoyed that I couldn't attend!

  5. It looks like it was a fun get together :)

  6. What a wonderful event! And all the food looks delicious.