To close out a year shadowed by Covid-19 and the passing of the club’s dear friend and stalwart Akira Yamagen, the Gaijin gathered for the annual Christmas do. Numbering around 50, including old boys, girlfriends, friends and family, the festivities got underway with a feast fit for a king at Ebisu Garden Place, served up by former club captain Asapi Bati.
David McElhinney, stand-in captain for the year (in the absence of Louis Hamilton), hosted the event which included a rather a long-winded and unplanned speech covering the various happenings at the club over the course of the calendar year. Briefly, they were as follows:
Speeches followed from the Club Chairman, Tomofumi Nasuno, and Tokyo Gaijin Girls’ captain Yuki Kimura. Nasuno, touched base on several of the above points – unfortunately McElhinney’s speech and had tread on his toes somewhat – and Kimura thanked everyone for their support of the Gaijin Girls’ and spoke of her excitement about the season ahead.
Closing off the night was the annual awards ceremony, including some very special accolades indeed. They were as follows:
Shinkansen Man: Daisuke Teraoka
Best Couple: Kohei Ishikawa and Kozo Kimira
Mr. Sugadaira: Yu Nagai
Dirtiest Player of the Year Joffa
Rookie of the Year: Oisin McPartlin
Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Lucas
Staff of the Year: Taku Eguchi
MVP: Yuta Oba
Gaijin Award: Joffa Harris