Especially the being on time thing scared me because people here are fashionably late, as a rule. So I told everybody dinner was an hour earlier than it actually was…. And it worked! The restaurant even allowed us to go in early and wait at our tables for everybody to arrive ‘on time’.
I have no idea what the restaurant staff thought of us… We were probably way too loud and taking way too long to order, to eat and eventually pay our bill (which can be quite a challenge with such a large group). But they were all super friendly, brought our drinks and food quickly, and the food was quite tasty as usual (I recommended the yakiniku to anyone that would listen).
What’s fun about such a big party is that are so many lovely people together in one space, and you kind of wish it could happen everyday. What’s too bad about such a big party is that you don’t get to speak to everybody for as long as you wanted. So again you wish it could happen everyday so that you can spend enough time with everybody there to catch up properly.
Naturally, after dinner was over, not everyone was ready to head home, it was a Saturday night after all. We tried some karaoke places in Japantown and out of Japantown, but they were either too full or too shabby. So we bought some supplies at the supermarket and had our own party at a friend’s house.
Yasu’s friends even secretly bought him a birthday cake and candles, which they surprised him with later while singing him a birthday song. That made him so happy!
The rest of the party included more catching up, lots of laughter, another Circle of Death, lots of drinking (even non-alcoholic Yasu), and lots of dancing! He told me he will always remember his 27th birthday celebration: success!