Just the One Party, Then?


Tonight I am going to a singles’ party. Ten women and ten men are participating. There will be several activities, presumably fostering interaction. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but it should be fun.

Japan has a recent tradition called goukon (合コン) where an even match of men and women (maybe 3 or 4 of each) are lined up to meet. There is a process for shifting seats to get to know the person across from you. Once each person has chatted with the other, there is an expectation to pair off and go to another location to party as three couples. When pushed to compare tonight’s event with goukon, the organizer reacted strongly, saying it was different.

One thing that keeps amusing me is that the hostess keeps calling this a Single Party. Plurals being non-existent in Japanese this happens a lot, but I keep wanting to ask her, “So, just the one party, then?”


2 Responses to “Just the One Party, Then?”

  1. fightingwindmills Says:

    Was the party fun?

  2. びっくり Says:

    Yes, it was pretty fun. Organization was a little peculiar. I will probably give the hosts a few pieces of advice. Hopefully they will try again. All of the females were Japanese and the males were split about 60/40 in favor of foreigners. The age range was pretty wide; which surprised me.

    After this event, some of us went to another school’s somewhat belated New Year’s party: so, it wasn’t “just the one party” after all. 🙂

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