Fukushima Cheer-Up Project: Fukukon


Have you ever heard of a Japanese word “gokon”? According to wikipedia, it’s “a group blind date, typically used to form at least some friendships between two groups that are each of a single sex. Generally, a single man and woman who know each other organize the gōkon in advance, each agreeing to bring 3 or 4 eligible friends. The venue is usually a restaurant, izakaya, or anywhere people can eat, drink and make a bit of noise.”

On July 17th, a huge gokon called “Fukukon” was held in Fukushima prefecture in hopes of promoting community revitalization.

The action committee of Fukukon was supposed to gather 1,000 women and 1,000 men, and finally they got many more than 2,000 participants! Those wearing a Fukukon wrist band strolled around the town, visiting specified restaurants and izakaya (40 in all), and enjoyed Fukukon so much (^_^) .

Fukukon successfully livened up their social lives as well as fukushima city’s food service industry.

The participation cost was ¥6,500 (US$85) /man, ¥3,500 (US$45) /woman. And anyone over 20 years old could join. The next Fukukon will be held in October. Are you interested? 😉


Source: Food Ling News and Fukukon Website


This is JAPAN Style!