|Elementary School Advisor
Defined as a "party" or "banquet." A large gathering of school/office/company employees that almost always involves some kind of restaurant or izakaya, a set dinner course, and all-you-can-drink menu. Comes in many forms. Here are some terms you may hear during your time as a JET:
宴会 (Enkai) and 懇親会 (Konshinkai) are both types of social gatherings in Japan, but they have different connotations and contexts:
In summary, while both 宴会 and 懇親会 involve gathering for food and drinks, 宴会 is more formal and can be larger in scale, while 懇親会 is more casual and focused on fostering personal connections.