Monthly Archives: July 2011


The sobetsukai is a gathering in Japan to say goodbye to co-workers and friends.  Usually, these take place in March since that is when the majority of turnover happens in Japan, but they are not limited to the Spring.  For me, leaving a small island after three years of working as an English Language Teacher, my going away parties are in July.  I say parties because every club, activity, and group of people I’ve worked with want to meet with