In Japan, there are two types of New Year parties.

One is Shinnenkai and the other Bonenkai.

Shinnenakai literally means “new year gathering.”

Meanwhile, Bonenkai is made up of three kanji characters meaning “forget,” “year,” and “gathering.”

Both types of parties generally revolve around drinking.

But where a Shinnenkai might be celebratory in atmosphere, a Bonenkai would not be.

Because the purpose of a Bonenaki is to forget the troubles and woes of the year past to look forward to what will hopefully be a better year.

I don’t know if there will be any parties in Japan as we approach the final month of the year.

But if there are, I bet most of them will be Bonenkais. Because that’s how most of us feel about 2020.

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