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Day 63: Just a casual drink

Posted on: March 4, 2009

It’s another cold drearily day in Tokyo.

But tonight, I’m going out to a “Japanese drinking” (Nomikai), which is not exactly a gokon.

This term, “Nomikai” was applied to tonight’s event by my friend, who is happily in a relationship herself.  She kindly organized a little drinking party for her single girl friends to meet her single guy friends. So… what’s the difference between, gokon?

The answer is very ambiguous, but there is a little difference in the subtle nuance of the words Gokon and Nomikai. Simply put, Nomikai sounds less agressive and more innocent than gokon. Nomikai is just a “casual get together for drinking” and it could be any part of the culture of most places of employment, from schools, nightclubs, to friends.

Anyway, I’m bit tired of gokon for now, so I hope to enjoy this non-aggressive, peaceful casual drinking party. Hmm, this diary inspired me to investigate more on 1) Nomikai culture and 2) question of whether people in relationship go to gokon or not.

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