Nihongo Lesson 01/15/16

The party never ends at JUMP HQ, even when we learn Japanese!

By John Bae January 15, 2016

Welcome to the Nihongo Lesson feature. We strive to give you useful manga-based Japanese language tips and maybe even a glimpse into the translation process. After a long year of manga editing, TEAM JUMP's first meeting of 2016 started with one member asking about having a SHINNENKAI party. Before you ask why anyone would need a breather from reading manga all day...let's jump into this week's lesson!

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BOUNENKAI (ぼうねんかい)

A BOUNENKAI is a party held at the end of the year. It literally means "forget-the-year party." The purpose is to have a lot of fun with your friends and coworkers and forget all the troubles of the previous year. Do you have any 2015 woes you wish to forget about...?


A SHINNENKAI is a New Year's party that is held in January to welcome the arrival of the new year. Like the BOUNENKAI, friends and coworkers gather and wish each other a happy new year. Both of these parties usually take place a few days before and after New Year's Day. The first three days of January are generally reserved for family events, so you don't want any overlap. That is a lot of celebrating! If you've read Bakuman, you're aware of the Shonen Jump SHINNENKAI where all the serialized manga artists get together and celebrate the new year. Talk about a needed breather!

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