Smith’s School of English Koenji held its traditional mid-year party at Koenji’s Izakaya Don Bei last Sunday night. We had an extraordinary time and, in fact, one of the students described it as “..the best party ever” and I tend to agree that, that was the case. We were a little sad however that two of our regular party supporters, Dean and Jean Marc were not in attendance. Jean Marc having returned to Europe and Dean had a prior engagement. May they have much success in their new endeavours.
There were nineteen Smith’s School of English Koenji’s students and friends who joined together to make it another enjoyable night to remember. Many photographs were taken and have been distributed to the participants via the internet.
I wish to thank the staff of Don Bei who not only put up with our noise and demands but also provided us with excellent service, great food and a good flow of thirst-quenchers.
Four of us had the audacity to have a couple of night caps at Indian Summer a nice café in Central Street Koenji. It was our first time there and I happened to leave the camera behind when we all headed home. So, as you can imagine, it was a big relief to pick the camera up as it contained a vivid record of our splendid night.
It was a co-incidence, that just as last year, an electrical storm passed over Koenji during the early stages of the party, or was it really a co-incidence? I am beginning to think that it is caused by the high voltage current of excitement that precedes our Smith’s School of English Koenji gatherings. The vivacity of the exhilaration before, during and after each party is truly soul lifting.
May you all make the best of the rainy season and may Summer be kind to all of you too.
Smith’s School of English Koenji