Welcome the new teachers enkai
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.
This is a pretty typical drinking and dinner party you would have with co-workers in Japan, normally called an "enkai." This particular enkai was held to celebrate the start of the new school year and welcome the new teachers to Taisha Junior High.
You'll notice we're sitting on the floor and I'm sitting cross-legged while my two co-workers on my left are sitting in "seiza" (sitting with your legs tucked under you). I can sit in seiza for about 10 minutes at a time before all the blood starts to leave my lower body and go numb. :)