Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Japanese celebrate the end of the year with a bonenkai (party). The dude's work had a bonenkai with a buffet, free beer, and free sake. We spent the time chatting with his coworkers, and I met some of his bosses and coworkers. It was overall fun, but it was really awkward when the Japanese coworkers started performing. The men sang When the Saints Go Marching In, but the women sang that 80's song Let Me Love You. I have heard many things about sexism in the workplace in Japan, and this seemed like a subtle example of misogyny in the workplace. Why did the women have to sing about loving men? Very tasteless, in my opinion.