W+K Tokyo

Bonenkai 2009

As we bring another year to a close, W+K once again threw a bonenkai to remember. In addition to usual great food, beer, and sake keg, this year’s event included a bizarre iron chef cook off with 4 competing teams.

Andrew demonstrated his okonomiyaki cooking skills with the help of Chucky, whose hands did the cooking while she was hidden behind Andrew’s back.

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Kumiko and Mark served up tequila and nachos in a “Mexican bandit” theme.

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Ted and Mag prepared an impressive array of Italian food including steak tartare, pasta vongole and bananas flambe — the quality of the food, drama of the flames and fantastic opera music all helped them win the competition.

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Finally, Simone and Shuhei served up sadistic sushi roulette, with some pieces laden with insane amounts of wasabi.

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The main event of the night, however, was an arm wrestling match to find out which of our 2 new ECDs was the strongest. Both countries were represented well. Shingo did the honors of singing the Japanese national anthem under the rising sun …

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Frank looked slightly nervous under his native German flag …

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We expected an even fight, but Naoki made quick work of Frank, definitively claiming the title of W+K Tokyo Arm Wrestling Champion.

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Master of Ceremonies Shig prepared the belt.
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Naoki proudly claimed his prize.
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Michiyo was the early victor in the women’s competition, shown here beating Yuko.

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Frank, Kumiko, Naoki, Trish, Sue, Shig and Yutaka.
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Happy Bonenkai everyone!