We left BH at 4:30 and took a chartered bus to the hotel in Aizu. It was a traditional type hotel, so futons on the floor and it had an onsen and everything! It was fantastic! Best part? ALL WE CAN DRINK! EEEEE~
As soon as we got to the hotel, we popped on the yukata they provided and made a beeline for the onsen. It was heavenly! I wish everywhere had onsens! I doubt they'd be popular at home though. It's basically a communal bath. They had an outdoor one as well, so we ran outside and hopped in. It was wonderful!
Here's some pics of the night. I seriously don't remember too much, but I'll try to add commentary when I see a picture I remember.
The bus to Aizu and the Hotel lobby. It was actually a really classy hotel.
Hotel lobby again and our room. It was lovely.
Miracle drink that prevents hangovers (it really works! I drank a crazy amount and almost no hangover!) and dinner. It was mostly seafood, which means George ate most of my dinner and he gave me beer in return.
Speech and sashimi from dinner (it went to George).
Shinta flashing his THANKYOU panties and Tomo with a gold faucet on his head from Bingo.
Dave won the big prize from Bingo. Yes, I kid you not, we played Bingo at a drinking party. Saito-san won a DVD.
The whole gang together for a photo while we were still almost sober. Talia and Saito-san singing YMCA.
More YMCA antics and then Keira joined in.
They had such a good time that Nurse-Shinta and Tonya joined. Shinta was dressed as a nurse because that's what he won during Bingo. Actually, he was one of the guests of honour so he got to play 2 cards. He was actually the first person to win, and when he got his prize (he pulled a random number out of a box and got the corresponding prize) he opened it and inside was a piece of paper that said "BAKA!" (Japanese for idiot!). When he won again he got the nurse costume. Ahahaha.
Still singing. And apperently when Japanese people get drunk they like to get naked too.
It was hilarious. Lol.
Yuta's prize from Bingo was a bald cap. So we all took pictures wearing it.
It was a great night. It really was. I was the first person to go to bed though! I passed out at around 10:45. Yeahyeah, I know. Lightweight. But still, it was fun. Lots of memories.
I joined a drinking game with Makoto-san (who I never would have thought would drink with me) and I tried sho-chu for the first time. It's a clear, super strong, tasteless, alcohol. It burned on the way down though (there's a video on facebook of me drinking it). And I discovered if I keep drinking it, I don't mind beer. Lol.
Seriously though, it was so much fun.
The next morning, thanks to that orange drink, I didn't feel too awful. Just a little sick. But it soon passed. A visit to the onsen made me feel worlds better. I can't wait to go out with the Japanese staff again.