The 2015 Emerald Ball Tokyo
If you’re looking for a fun yet glamorous way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend in Tokyo, then get ready to kick back your heels at the Emerald Ball. For over two decades this has been one of the Japanese capitals most beloved events, and this year's party in just around the corner.
The 2015 ball, the 23rd since its inception, will feature acclaimed traditional Irish band Beoga, who will be flying over to Japan specially for the festivities. For the occasion, the ballroom at the Tokyo American Club will be bedecked in green and gold, and the impressive VIP list includes members of the Japanese royal family and Irish government ministers who will be in town for this and other St. Patrick’s Day events.
After a cocktail hour featuring Guinness on tap and whiskey cocktails, a traditional Irish dinner will be served. Menu items will include smoked salmon, brown bread, and a beef dinner. This will be followed by traditional Irish dancers in full dress, who will entice the entire crowd to join in a ceili dance. If the evening hasn’t tired you out by that point, hit the dance floor while a rock ’n’ roll band plays until the wee hours.
Emerald Ball ticket sales help raise funding for Japan-Irish cultural events, including the I Love Ireland festival held in Yoyogi Park on the afternoon of March 15, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Omotosando Avenue from 1 p.m. on March 15. Proceeds from a raffle will go toward the charity Support Our Kids, which sends children from areas stricken by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to Ireland and other countries for educational programs. Amazing raffle prizes include flights to Ireland on British Airways, champagne, whiskey, and deluxe hotel stays in Japan and Ireland.
If you haven’t had a glamorous St. Patrick’s Day experience yet, now is your chance to live it up in Tokyo and paint the city green!
When: Saturday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.–midnight
Where: Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dress code: Glamorous with a splash of green
How much: ¥230,000 for a table of 10, or ¥25,000 for a single ticket. Prices include a three-course Irish dinner, cocktails, champagne, wine, a whiskey bar, and free-flowing Guinness on tap!
Tickets: To reserve your spots to the ball, please fill out the form here.