On Friday we closed the office in honor of the agency’s 10 year anniversary in Japan. Such an auspicious occasion called for a party that could rival last year’s global 25th anniversary celebration, so we boarded buses at 7:37 AM and headed away from the city heat and toward the mountain breezes.
The day kicked off with fishing in Okutama. Catching fish wasn’t too tough given that guides stocked the river just before our arrival with plenty of trout. Kanako, shown here with Masaru, won the kitty for catching the most fish.
The afternoon’s activities became a bit more challenging as we hit the Tamagawa River for white water rafting. Thankfully everyone made it back intact, despite a few bumps and bruises from crashing into rocks.
After everyone cleaned up at an onsen (shown below in post-onsen cleanliness) …
… everyone got back on the bus and headed to American Camp Village for the evening’s festivities.
The evening kicked off with a speech from Ted, along with video greetings from Dan Wieden and David Kennedy.
Resident chefs Yohei and Sue cooked up an BBQ incredible feast (including the doomed trout from earlier in the day) which everyone clearly enjoyed.
Post-BBQ activities included a vicious balloon game that left Hiromi with a sprained ankle, a game show where agency contestants had to identify colleagues’ body parts, and a limbo contest won by intern Aimee.
The evening ended with a bonfire and fireworks, as well as Shun Shun’s rockin’ rendition of “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” So nice.