I’m rushing this update out a bit today, since the J-List crew is going out to an izakaya restaurant for the official “sayonara party” of one of our employees, and a “welcome party” for a new one. For two and a half years our employee Ai has worked to bring interesting bento boxes and traditional Japanese products to the J-List site. Now she’s leaving to start a family with her husband, so we’re throwing her a thank-you party complete with a bouquet of flowers we’ll be presenting to her, which is something the Japanese like to do at formal events like this. I like getting together with the other J-List staff over beers and sashimi, although we don’t get to do it that often in part due to the popularity of J-List — processing 400+ orders a day kind of eats up our free time. In place of Ai-san we’ve got the capable new Mai, who will be bringing lots of fun new bento and traditional products in the future!
Drinking at an izakaya, then karaoke.