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boonenkai (忘年会)

Boonenkai can be directly translated into English to “forget the year party.” Japanese people would usually go out to a restaurant or bar, and it usually involves a lot of drinking (Yatta!!!). To thank each other for their hard work for the year, to forget any bad times or difficulties from the past year and look forward to a better and more prosperous new year and start from zero again. It’s a time to relax, and break down the company hierarchical barriers for the night.