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.
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.