In Japan, the end of the year brings bounenkai, or get-togethers with friends or colleagues for the purposes of forgetting the past year’s ills. Typically that involves lots of alcohol, but 2020 is the type of the year demands boatloads of it. Even sadder, 2020 is also a year in which many of us can’t get together with our friends at all. However, bounenkai is also an opportunity to look ahead to the coming year with optimism. We’ve all been on a roller coaster journey together this year, with plenty good news countering the avalanche of sad, and we couldn’t have made it with you, the readers that comprise our little corner of the web. So let this QotW be your virtual bounenkai, whether it’s something car-related or not.
What are you trying to forget about 2020 or looking forward to in 2021?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What are you asking Japanese Santa Claus for this year?”
The JNC family of readers has experienced a lot of downs this year, with jobs being downsized possibly due to COVID-19, cars being stolen, and tragic losses of close family members. Like we said, it’s been a tough year. Our hearts were warmed, though, to see some members asking Japanese Santa Claus to give to JNCer less fortunate than themselves. Thank you for carrying forward the spirit of JSC. Ultimately, 2020 was a year in which we could all use a good laugh, and Ellis Castle‘s comment provided that in spades: