This one is for you Aren (did I spell that right?) and all that Girl Power, Strength to the she-bitches shit! I love it when you talk dirty in a kimono.
What is it? Japan is the land of the endless sayonara party, the party to end all parties when one decides to leave the sushi and rising sun behind for greener pastures (literally) in some other country (usually their home country). It is a good chance to farewell those who have been in one's Japan lifetime and another excuse to keep up the constant drinking that occurs in this country. It is also a great time to confess any long (or short) held crushes and whatnot to the one who is nicking off, without any fear of repercussions or embarrassment because (a) they are leaving in the next couple of days, (b) you will probably get lucky for those couple of and (c) you can always use the old 'never got your email' excuse if you really don't want to continue any line of communication upon their departure.
Recommended For: For people who are seeking the honeymoon aspect of seeing someone new without all the fuss of it turning into anything more serious or long term, for those who just 'aren't ready for all that'... i.e. committment-phobes!
Where: Sayonara parties are pretty much a excuse for constant drinking in this city. Someone is always leaving. Oasis Lounge, Zerro, Zing and Cafe Absinthe all seem to be popular venues for the sayonara shindig
Success to Failure Ratio: What can be more appealing to a guy about to skip the country than some last minute, regular (depending on countdown time to the Day of Departure), hassel free, no-strings-attached indoor hijinx and tomfoolery, especially when presented to him in high heels and a cowboy hat? Unless he is gay or possibly even ghey, ratio is 1:0.
Pros: If his friends are hot, never fear. Sayonara Sam will be gone any day now, leaving you free to pursue your new passions, whoever they are.
Cons: Not good for those who get attached easily, whoever has the plane ticket (see below).
Famous Last Words: For the one staying - "The last couple of (insert time frame here) have been great. What would you say if I told you I cancelled my ticket and decided to hang around?"
The departee must beware of the reverse "Gues what? I'm coming with you!"