It’s Time to Say Goodbye: Tips for Your Kansougeikai (Welcome Goodbye Party)

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So we have entered into the new fiscal year, which means that some changes were made to your staff. This, in turn, means that sometime in April, the staff that has left will come back one day to have an official ceremony to say goodbye to the students, and then you will be asked to attend the Kansougeikai, a “Welcome Goodbye Party”. If you go to only one enkai a year, this would be the one, as it’s possibly the most important.

As the name suggests, this enkai is to welcome newcomers and say good-bye to the staff who have left. Generally, it leans more heavily on saying goodbye to the staff that have left, though newcomers who are new hires (i.e. haven’t worked at a school before) will also be there.

How a Kansougeikai runs is a bit different from the usual enkai. Of course, there are variations on how it will run depending on your school, but I would like to offer some general tips for those of you who will be attending one for the first time.

  1. Wear a suit – No, seriously. This is the one work party where everyone will show up in a full suit. Don’t be like me and forget and proceed to be awkward.
  2. There will generally be a designated area for the people leaving/newcomers. Make sure to check where that is so you don’t accidentally sit there!
  3. Don’t go starving – There will be food like there usually is at a Japanese work party, but you might not get to eat immediately.
  4. Be prepared to listen to a lot of speeches – Your principal will make one, and each person leaving will make one. If you have any newcomers present, they will all also make one. Depending on the number of leaving staff you have and the length of time each person decides to talk for, you might be sitting there for a while not eating or drinking. It took over an hour my first year!
  5. On the other hand, there are times when they say you can eat and drink while you listen to the speeches, but it may be best to keep an eye on people around you and follow their lead.
  6. Unless you have personal contact with them, this may be the last time you see the staff who have left, so this may be your last chance to talk with them, so make the most of it!

I hope these tips help you prepare for your Kansougeikai! Go forth and have a smashing time!


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