The setting of an end of year celebration for a local Eikawa group has been upgraded from Saizeriya to HUB.

“We went to Saizeriya last year and also in 2016 and 2015, so we wanted to go out with much more of a bang this year,” said branch manager Tim Witts.

“Don’t get me wrong, Saizeri Shop is still the best Italian restaurant in Japan.”

Most of the Eikaiwa teachers were disappointed with the news.

“I’d prefer a drink bar over the company of my fellow English teachers,” says 31-year-old gaijin vet Laura Hope.

“Beer isn’t even available during Happy Hour,” says 20-year-old American Phil Frank.

Most of the teachers will say they are sick 24 hours prior to the event.