忘年会ハーモニー:日本で新たな始まりを祝う ― Bonenkai Harmony: Celebrating Fresh Starts in Japan


Hi good day everyone, it’s Rheza, Foreign Worker Support Staff。



In Japan, as the year winds down, people gear up for something special – Bonenkai! It’s a tradition that’s all about saying ‘sayonara’ to the old year and ‘konnichiwa’ to the new one with a big smile.
日本では、年が終わりに近づくと、人々は特別な何かに備えます ― 忘年会(ぼうねんかい)です!これは、過去年に「さよなら」を言い、新しい年に「こんにちは」と笑顔で迎えていくという文化です。


Bonenkai is like a big year-end party, but more than that, it’s a way of shaking off the stress and worries of the year gone by. Folks get together with friends, colleagues, or family to have a good time, share food and drinks, and basically, let go of the past.



In Japan, they have this idea of ‘mokusatsu,’ which means ignoring the bad stuff. Bonenkai is like a group therapy session where everyone agrees to forget any grudges or tough times. It’s all about starting fresh and looking forward to better things.



Bonenkai parties are all about enjoying good company and good food. You might find traditional Japanese dishes, sake toasts, and lots of chatting. Companies often throw Bonenkai for their workers, giving everyone a chance to relax and get to know each other better.



While Bonenkai keeps its traditional vibe, there are also more modern twists nowadays. Some parties might have karaoke or themed events. No matter the style, the goal is the same – having a good time and building good memories.

忘年会はその伝統的な雰囲気を保ちつつ、最近ではより現代風の取り入れも増えています。一部のパーティーではカラオケやテーマイベントがあるかもしれません。どんなスタイルでも目標は同じです – 楽しい時間を過ごし、良い思い出を作ることです。


As the year wraps up, Bonenkai is Japan’s way of embracing a fresh start with a belly full of good food and a heart full of good vibes.