Thursday, June 21, 2012

Colors of Tokyo /// Day 30 - 飲み会 (Nomikai)

Unique only to the Japanese business environment, employees are moved into different departments every few years as a way of preventing stagnation within the company. It is neither a promotion or a demotion, rather a lateral move.

Although everyone within i-camp are contracted and thus autonomous to the great employee shuffle, the department heads who manage their department are not immune. To welcome the new department head, the members of i-camp threw a party or a 飲み会 (nomikai) at a local french restaurant in Akasaka.

The Japanese love speeches. Each of us were asked to give a small speech without using our native language. Lazer Lou gave his first speech in Japanese which everyone loved. The remaining TBS staff addressed the group in English.

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