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Organized by the Living in Chubu Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Chubu chapter, in cooperation with the Tokai Japan Canada Society (TJCS), the 12th Annual ACCJ/TJCS Champagne Ball and Awards Evening was held at the Hilton Nagoya on November 17. The ball is the quintessential not-to-be-missed event each year for the expatriate community of central Japan.

Attended by the who’s who of the business community, the event kicked off with a toast led by the consuls of the United States and Canada, followed by an awards ceremony at which the ACCJ–Chubu recognized its Volunteer of the Year and Leader of the Year, while the TJCS honored its Volunteer of the Year.

Business was taken care of early so that the honorees could bask in their glory longer, and guests could get to enjoy the fine food, drink, and company of great people.

Then the real fun began!

The event typically follows a theme, and this year it had a distinctly Canadian flavor, with maple and Mounties, as we helped the TJCS celebrate its country’s 150th birthday.

Taking place in the hotel’s luxurious Oogi Banquet Room, the evening began with a cocktail hour that fea­tured theme-inspired hors d’oeuvres, Cham­pagne, and live music. Attendees were entertained during dinner—a sumptuous buffet—by a fabulous jazz trio, while enjoying free-flowing drinks. Later in the evening, everyone danced the night away with an insanely fun and interactive performance by The Unit, who were returning to the ball for a command performance as the event’s dance band.

In addition to lots of business cards and great connections, several guests went home with fantastic prizes. We had a record number of raffle prizes, including three pairs of airline tickets to great overseas destinations.

The proceeds of the raffle go toward helping organizations in our community to better serve those in need.

Please make plans to attend this year’s fantastic and energetic Champagne Ball that unites our international community, while supporting the community in the Chubu region!

Britt Creamer is chair and Bruce McCaughan is vice-chair of the Living in Chubu Committee.