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Yoko's Japanese Lessons

忘年会(ぼうねんかい) Year-end Party

Boonenkai (literally, “forget-the-year party) is an annual event held at the end of the year by an organization or a group of friends. The purpose of the party is to look back at the passing year and show their appreciation for the hardships to each other.
They also have Boonenkai in order to forget all the bad times that happened during the year and start fresh from the very beginning of next year. 

Many bonenkai parties are held at Izakaya (Japanese style bars), but I heard that some parties are held at restaurants where serves variety of fancy sweets as more female colleagues and friends started to attend to the parties these days. 

Due to the pandemic, I heard hat most of the companies in Japan didn’t hold Boonenkai last year. Lat year was a very difficult year for most of us. I hope we all appreciate people working on the front lines of the Pandemic, learn from this difficult year, and make a fresh start.

日本(にほん)では、一年(いちねん)の終(お)わりにその一年を振(ふ)り返(かえ)り、その間(かん)のみんなの苦労(くろう)をねぎらい、悪(わる)いことは忘(わす)れて、新(あたら)しい一年にむけて気持(きも)ちを新(あら)たにするために会社(かいしゃ)や友達(ともだち)と忘年会(ぼうねんかい)をします。

多(おお)くの忘年会(ぼうねんかい)は居酒屋(いざかや)で行(おこな)われますが、職場(しょく)やグループで女性(じょせい)の参加者(さんかしゃ)が増(ふ)え、最近(さいきん)は高級(こうきゅう)なデザートが食(た)べられるレストランで開(ひら)かれることもあるそうです。

今年(ことし)はパンデミックのせいで、日本にあるほとんどの企業(きぎょう)は忘年会をしなかったそうです。今年はほとんどの人いとにとって大変(たいへん)な年(とし)となりましたが、願(ねが)わくば、第一線(だいいっせん)で働(はた)いてくださる皆様(みなさま)に感謝(かんしゃ)し、この大変(たいへん)な時(とき)から学(まな)び、新(あたら)しいスタートを切(き)りたいものです。

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