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This year’s American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Charity Ball—titled “A Night on Bourbon Street”—will be an incredible evening of fabulous food and entertainment, great wines and dancing, all while raising money to support communities.

The ball, one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season, will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Tokyo American Club (TAC).

In addition to great wines and fabulous cuisine, a host of activities and amusements throughout the evening will be sure to keep you entertained.

The ACCJ’s Charity Ball Committee is still working hard on all the details, but we want to share a sampling of some of what is in store for you this year:


A Cajun-inspired menu designed by TAC’s Chef Lindsay Gray in collaboration with Southern Chef LaTonya Whitaker of Soul Food House, located in the Azabu Juban neighborhood of Tokyo.

You can enjoy a “taste of New Orleans” with such iconic dishes as gumbo, crab cakes and even a muffalatta. And you will also be able to sample the most famous drink from “the Big Easy”—the Hurricane!

Some of the top bands and players of American Roots N Blues music to be found in Japan will provide great entertainment.

Three groups, with more than 16 CDs released between them—Jericho Road Show, King Cake Baby, and Moonshots—have combined their talents to play some of the most authentic New Orleans style dance music to be found east of the Mississippi River. So wear your dancing shoes and come out prepared to second line as you stomp it right on down to the bricks!

A host of exceptional prizes including an array of items, hotel packages, and airline tickets for the lucky winners of the silent/live auctions and raffle draw will be up for grabs. Edmund and Shukor, our auctioneers extraordinaire of Eastern Carpets, in what has become a tradition for the Charity Ball, will also provide entertainment.



Your entire Charity Ball Committee is working hard to bring you a truly memorable evening. In addition to providing our members with this festive opportunity to bring the year to a close, all of us in the ACCJ are committed to making this a night of support to our primary charities.

Our member companies have been generous with their donations and we are proud to have the support of Aflac and MetLife as top sponsors. We hope you will consider making even a small donation of cash, prizes or services using any of a variety of options.

All net proceeds will be donated by the ACCJ to this year’s primary charities as well as to the ACCJ Community Service Fund and the Mike Makino Fund for the Homeless.

The pride that many ACCJ members share through the chamber’s role in the community is a big part of our reason for being members. Thank you in advance to those who will take this opportunity this year. We look forward to seeing you at the ball.

Barbara Hancock is director and vice president, MediaSense K.K., and chair, Charity Ball Committee.