16/04: GenkiJACS' first "goukon"
Today's topic is the "goukon" (or gokon, or gookon), a modern-traditional Japanese dating party. "Goukon" is short for "Gouryuu Konpa". Gouryuu means to come together, or merge. Konpa is Japanese-English ("wasei eigo") for Companion Party.
Basically, a goukon is a slightly formalized way for young people to meet possible partners outside of their standard circle of friends. Usually, there are two "hosts", one female and one male. Each one invites a number of friends of the same sex as them. Generally, only the two hosts know each other in advance - everybody else is meeting for the first time.