Japan-America Society of GA Dinner Gala

Georgia is regarded as the center of Japanese industry in the Southeastern United States. Japanese-affiliated companies have invested over $10.4 billion in Georgia, where 547 Japanese-affiliated companies currently operate. Together, these companies employ nearly 37,000 workers state-wide.

The Japan-America Society of Georgia bridges Japan and the United States and works to strengthen economic and cultural relations and understanding between the 2 regions.

Tracs Group proudly sponsored the Society’s annual dinner gala on June 27th.

The grand event was held inside of the Delta Flight Museum, where an estimated 300 people gathered to celebrate the economic growth of Japanese industry in North America, the Japan-America Society’s success and the organization’s 38th anniversary.

Since 1995, the Delta Flight Museum has allowed visitors from around the world to explore aviation history, celebrate the story and people of Delta and discover the future of flight. The museum was recently renovated into a world-class attraction that offers engaging exhibits and interactive programming for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

Standing in the heart of Delta’s Atlanta headquarters, the 68,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art attraction makes the perfect location for this year’s JASG celebration. With historic glamour and modern amenities, the museum is a one-of-a-kind venue within a mile of the world’s busiest airport.

Upon arriving, decadent hor d’oeuvres were served and guests were invited to help themselves to an open bar service. During the cocktail reception, guests mingled throughout the museum and enjoyed exceptional music from the talented Japanese pianist, singer and songwriter Junko Fujiyama.

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Photograph of Japanese musician Junko Fujiyama

For dinner, the friendliest catering staff served a delicious grilled beef filet with a classic demi-glaze, an herbs de provence seasoned fried chicken breast pinwheel stuffed with spinach and brie, Yukon gold whipped potatoes and green beans amandine.

A dessert station featured several mouthwatering treats such as inside-out berry pie shots, miniature ambrosia cupcakes, ginger and goat cheese truffles dipped in dark chocolate, fresh berry shots and more.

Later, an after-dinner concert was presented by a top Delta executive. The Takeshi Ohbayashi Quintet took to the stage and delighted guests with beautiful jazz melodies. The quintet included pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, bassist Cee Smith, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, drummer Alon Benjamini and saxophonist Tomoaki Baba.

The Takeshi Ohbayashi Quintet (from left to right): pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, bassist Cee Smith, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, drummer Alon Benjamini and saxophonist Tomoaki Baba

A fun silent auction went on throughout the night, and door prize drawings took place after the jazz concert. In addition to the wonderful entertainment, we were also presented with an inspiring speech from the Consul General of Japan, Takashi Shinozuka.

Shinozuka came to the U.S. in January of 2016 to assume his new position as Consul General of Japan. Prior, he served as Vice Grand Master of the Ceremonies in the Imperial Household Agency. He has also held director-level positions in the Cabinet Office, the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) and the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shinozuka has also served in France and Myanmar.

This is his first-ever position in the U.S. Covering most of the southeast, his jurisdiction includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

He spoke on Japan’s growth in America and addressed concerns of the currently escalating US-China trade war.

Takashi Shinozuka, Consul General of Japan, speaks at JASG gala. Also photographed behind Shinozuka is emcee and JASG chairman, Bill Strang.

JASG chairman, William (Bill) Strang, emceed the event. He is also the president of operations and ecommerce of TOTO USA.


Click here to learn more about the Japan-America Society of Georgia.


And we hope to meet you at their next event!