Nomikai 飲み会

  • Published on : 10/12/2018
  • by : S.R.
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Les salarymen japonais en goguette

Il n'est pas rare derencontrer le soir dans les rues des centres-villes japonais des bandesde salarymen, les employés des entreprises de l'archipelreconnaissable à leur costume, joyeux, les joues un peu rouges,sortant d'un bar ou d'un izakaya. Pour certains, les soirée peuventfinir par une sieste sur le seuil d'un immeuble ou par quelquestitubements dans le dernier métro. En général, il s'agit deJaponais venant de participer à un nomikai.

A business institution

Nomikai literally means "gathering to drink". Employees of a company, often those working within the same department, are invited to meet up after work to drink together, usually to celebrate the completion of a work goal, the departure of old colleagues or the arrival of new ones, or even celebrate someone's birthday. A nomikai can also be suggested any time by a manager, an invitation that's difficult for employees to turn down!Read: The Japanese salaryman

Salarymen (and office ladies) at a nomikai in Kumamoto

The party continues

A nomikai brings all work colleagues together. The group then often breaks up into smaller groups, this time employees who are closer friends will continue the evening at another izakaya or bar. Called a "nijikai", meaning "second meeting", it's an after-party of the party, where employee presence is no longer mandatory. The blood alcohol level of participants tends to rise much faster at this party than during a nomikai. In some cases there's even a "sanjikai" or "third meeting"!

Read: Izakaya

A salaryman passed out on the metro after a nomikai...

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