“After five”means after the working time in Japan and people usually want to use this time as their own free time. But sometimes, it cannot be allowed. For example, if your client or boss, or some important person for your business, ask you to go for drink, you may not refuse it and you have to use after five with them for business. We call this situation “Tsukiai”and especially for business, we call it “shigoto-zukiai(dukiai?)”.
In this early morning, 6:30 a.m. I got a call from a friend in India. It was 3:00 a.m. in local time.
“What happened? It’s 6:30 here. Are you crazy? What are you doing?”
“I’m still working with my colleague …so sleepy, I want to go home…”
“What’s the matter of your work?”
“Actually, our boss started party after we closed and he doesn’t allow us to go home.”
“What? o.k. then, make him drunk and sleep, you can go home”
“No, he is already drunk and dancing…If I go home, he will get angry. What can I do?”
This situation was “work” for them to keep staying with their boss after their working time. I laughed when I heard about it because it is same situation that Japanese business men often face and suffer. It was exactly “Shigoto-zukiai” and I had thought it is kind of Japanese business culture. I’m curious that Indian people also do the same with us. I know all the employees there and laughed again when I imagined how they looked like in front of their boss at the moment.
Their “Shigoto-zukiai”had kept more one hour after that and they reached home around 4 a.m.. I felt sorry about that and also hoped it will not often happen to me when I start to work in India…really.