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Term Description
Elementary School Advisor

The ALT(s) who assist Guidance Division in running training sessions for elementary school homeroom teachers, or HRT(s), and providing elementary-related support to other JET(s).

English Festival


Professional men and women at a traditional after-work enkai/nijikai party toasting, drinking, laughing and having fun, anime style

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:

  • Kangeikai (歓迎会) - welcome party
  • Soubetsukai (送別会) - farewell party
  • Kansougeikai (歓送迎会) - joint welcome/farewell party, especially in March and April, around the time of staffing transfers
  • Shinnenkai (新年会) - new year party
  • Bounenkai (忘年会) - year end party, literally to forget the past year
  • Joshikai (女子会) - women's party
  • Uchiage or Otsukarekai (打ち上げ or お疲れ会) - party held after a major event, used to celebrate a job well done (e.g. after Sports Day or Summer School)

宴会 (Enkai) and 懇親会 (Konshinkai) are both types of social gatherings in Japan, but they have different connotations and contexts:

  1. 宴会 (Enkai): This term is generally used to describe a banquet or party, often involving a large group of people. It's a more formal term and can refer to various types of gatherings, such as company parties, wedding receptions, or formal dinners. The focus is often on drinking, eating, and formal speeches or toasts.
  2. 懇親会 (Konshinkai): This word translates to a "friendly gathering" or "get-together." It implies a more casual, intimate, and friendly atmosphere than an 宴会. While still involving food and drink, a 懇親会 places more emphasis on building relationships and camaraderie among attendees. It's often used for smaller, more informal gatherings within organizations or groups.

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.

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