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Japan Grand Chapitre

Osaka, October 20-22, 2011

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Bailliage of Kansai, this Grand Chapitre was organized by Bailli Hajime Kawagoshi and his team at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city. 

The programme’s opening event to welcome everyone to Osaka and to the Rihga Royal was a buffet dinner in the Banquet Room on the hotel’s 28th floor. Besides the enjoyment of meeting friends old and new, the members and guests also had the opportunity to enjoy the brilliant panoramic night view of the city far below stretching into the distance.

The following day, during the Induction Ceremony in the hotel’s Crystal Chapel, Klaus Tritschler, Member of Conseil d’Administration from Germany, inducted 14 new members and promoted 11 others.

We then moved to the Sanraku Room for the Gala Dinner featuring the exquisite cuisine of Chef Takamitsu Hayashi, Maître Rôtisseur, paired with wines chosen by Chargé de Missions Provincial Masaharu Oka, Chairman of the Japan Sommeliers Association.

During the dinner, Bailli Délégué Saihei Makinami and Bailli Hajime Kawagoshi were joined by our honoured visitors, Inducting Officer Klaus Tritschler and Donald Hall, Member of the Conseil Magistral, Bailli Délégué of Macau, for a special performance of breaking the thick salt crust on the roast beef using wooden hammers. Successfully achieved, enthusiastic applause spontaneously erupted from all present.

The planned excursion on the last day had to be rearranged as unfortunately the ‘Jidai Matsuri’ festival in Kyoto was postponed due to bad weather.

Instead 40 members and guests simply enjoyed lunch at the Michelin 3-star Tsuruya, a 100-year-old traditional Japanese tea house (ryotei). As well as the lunch there was the delight of watching a dance performance by kimono-clad geishas of Gion, the most prestigious geisha community in Kyoto.

Saihei Makinami, Bailli Délégué

At this Grand Chapitre and at the Chapitre in Sapporo founding the Bailliage of Hokkaido, Bailli Délégué Saihei Makinami and Bailli Hajime Kawagoshi went around each table with pin badges supporting the Japan disaster relief appeal. They received donations of more than 400,000 Yen which, together with a donation from the Chaîne’s International Headquarters, meant that the Bailliage of Japan had raised over two million yen to remit to the Japanese Red Cross Society.