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Tennessee came to Tokyo on December 8 as 325 American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) members and their guests gathered at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku for a party with a purpose. The 2018 ACCJ Charity Ball, Nashville Nights: An Evening in Music City, raised more than ¥8 million for local causes.

The Charity Ball Committee, together with our sponsors, volunteers, and members of the community, put on an entertaining night that brought an authentic taste of the US city known for its hospitality and role as the heart of the country music industry. From Nashville-based musicians to Tennessee whiskey to Hot Chicken perfectly prepared by Soul Food House owner LaTonya Whitaker, every touch transported guests to the Deep South and the famous Grand Ole Opry stage for a night to remember.

And, thanks to our very supportive guests and sponsors—including American Airlines, which flew the musicians to Japan—the fun resulted in contributions that will make a big difference in our ability to help those in need.

With the help of the committee and Whitaker’s restaurant in Azabu-juban, the Hilton Tokyo did an amazing job with our Nashville-inspired menu. The sumptuous Southern food were accompanied by great wines chosen by ACCJ members at the Charity Ball Wine Taste-Off on October 2, as well as whiskey donated by Tennessee-based Jack Daniel Distillery and craft beer provided by Ballast Point Brewing Company of San Diego, CA. To top it all off, this deliciousness was paired with musical delights served up by performers who traveled directly from Nashville to ensure an experience worthy of the name Music City.

This was truly an event at which our community pulled together to raise funds for the benefit of those less fortunate. Thank you to everyone involved for a stunning success!

Barbara Hancock is chair of the ACCJ Charity Ball Committee