Besides festivals, one of my favorite things to do in Japan is go to an enkai (big dinner with lots of drinks) because it's one of the few times that Japanese people open up and act crazy (a regular occurance for most Americans). After all day on the slopes, we had an enkai with some of the best food I've had here. Course after course of traditional Japanese food like tempura, raw seafood, nabe (soup that u cook at the table) and other delish things kept coming our way. We played some games, had an after-party and I somehow managed to pull off giving the closing speech in Spanish by the end of it. The weekend was a complete success, even if I was worthless on the slopes the next day. Bruised and battered, we made our wayt back to Tokuyama.