The social highlight of the year for the Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan, the Scandinavian Joint Christmas Ball was held on Thursday, 7 December 2017 in the Galaxy Ballroom at our regular venue, The Westin Tokyo Hotel in Ebisu, where the party has been held also in 2005-2009 and 2011-2016.
The party was attended by 255 members and guests from the five Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Japan. By chambers the SCCJ had 150 participants, FCCJ 38, DCCJ 27, ISCCJ 25 and NCCJ 15.
The ball started with a Lucia procession and greetings from the organizing committee. During the five course dinner, accompanied by fine wines and other drinks chased down with Scandinavian drink songs, the participants could enjoy an exciting Awaodori show and get thrilled in lotteries for 12 valuable prizes.
Santa paid a visit to the Ball, arriving on a Volvo bicycle, assisting in the many lotteries and posing for photos with many of the participants.
The evening was ended off with a lot of dancing until midnight to the tunes of Brad and the Hitmen, our favorite band for 15 years (since 2003).
Thanks to sponsoring from 20 companies the evening was also filled with lotteries for great prizes, the highlight being tickets to Europe from our long-time supporter, Finnair.
Other appreciated on stage prize items included a ticket on a direct flight from Tokyo to Kiruna and back from Copenhagen, three prizes each from Volvo Cars Japan, Electrolux and Scandinavia Service and a valuable hotel voucher from Westin Tokyo. Profoto provided photo services.
Volvo Cars Japan and Scandinavia Service also provided cash, the other cash sponsors included Hokusei Products, Atlas Copco, Alfa Laval, ARQIS Foreign Law Office, MOS Tax Corporation, Vaisala, Höganäs Japan, CellMark and Space Design. IKEA Japan provided the glögg for the Ball, Farmstone wine, Nordic Culture Lad prices for the pre-lottery and Scandex subsidized the table gifts.
56 prizes were distributed by a pre-event lottery, 26 table gift winners brought home a candleholder. A total of 94 prizes meant that more than every third guests won something.
The estimated value of the prizes was about 2 million yen. In addition sponsors provided 850,000 yen cash which subsidized the event by about 2,500 yen per person which made the participation fee affordable taking into account what it included.