Grasshopper Manufacture recently celebrated their 10th year in business anniversary party. Suda-san really went over the top on the venue – it’s a private club, European style historical landmark type place in the middle of Tokyo.
The photo above is the only one I have currently. It’s from just before the party started.
There were a lot of famous creators from the Japanese industry there which gave the whole thing an atmosphere of mingling bigwigs. I don’t know if any business got done there but one can only hope based on the investment in the party.
Anyways, at one point Suda-san, Mikami Shinji-san (Resident Evil, God Hand, etc.), and Kojima Hideo-san (Metal Gear) joined the stage together to hammer a sake barrel into submission. I don’t know what the Japanese tradition is but it must be some kind of celebratory thing to do.
Some more photos of the event ended up on this Japanese game blog.
Check out the photos and scroll down most of the way. I ended up by accident in the background of the sake smashing event. See if you can spot me! Hint: it’s right above the picture of the half-naked guy with the insane hat.
Myself and two other gaijin coworkers of mine gave the traditional oshibori (wet towel) to the men after the barrel was opened. I gave mine to Mikami-san, who is a complete goofball and really funny in person. Good guy.