Only a few things to say about the APIC Farewell Party, namely ...
1) The speeches were touching, and the JPCA speakers in their orange happy coats looked festive but dignified.
2) Great food - sushi, tempura, lots of meat for the ICIS male contingent
3) The presentation of gifts of thanks to the consultancy speakers (tasteful lacquered pens) created an unplanned but striking tableau with the speakers arranged in (descending) order of height.
4) Shochu mixed with a lot of ice and water is like schnaps but without the bite.