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Bureikou (無礼講 – Unrestricted Binge)

  • There is a drinking party called 無礼講 (bureikou) in Japan.


    無 (bu) means “nothing” and 礼講 “reikou” means a kind of ritual that respects courtesies and protocols.

    The combination, “bureikou,” meant a drinking party that was held after “reikou,” and it has become a famous term meaning a drinking party that people don’t care the difference in status, courtesy or protocols.

    Since “bureikou” can be divided into 無礼 (burei – rudeness) and 講 (kou – not care), so some people think that “bureikou” means a drinking party that people can be rude to their boss.

    However, of course this thought is wrong.

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