First glimpse of the spread
I saw my friend Christy and as we discovered the wonders of the reception room, we decided to have some fun. I subsequently showed these picture to our bucho (boss, who is standing in the background of the first picture below) but I'm not sure he understood the irony of the photos. It's nice that in Japan I can assume that my sense of humor isn't understood because of language or culture. Otherwise I'd be afraid I didn't have one.
But after all the speeches we got to enjoy the food, which included tempura, udon, and noodle stations in addition to the full spread that was endlessly refilling (along with the Asahi). And then there was taiko drumming and Awa dancing. Supposedly Awa dancing is based on the premise that it looks stupid and so are you for watching so you might at well dance, too. They taught it to everyone in the end, but I had to leave to rehearse some chamber music and subsequently enjoy a soak in the onsen.