The teachers celebrated with an enkai (a dinner party). I was told we were going to a Soba shop. I wasn’t super excited about spending about $30 on Soba, but I was excited to spend time with my teachers, so I decided to join in.
I was quite surprised (in a good way) that the dinner that night was not actually Soba, but a regular enkai.
(sorry for the not amazing quality of photos I have, this camera didn’t do such a good job).
My favorite moment was when the mayor and the head of the BOE showed up, unexpectedly. They sat down and we “kampai”-ed again (cheers!) with them. It was a fun night of celebrating with the teachers.