Swiss National Day Celebration Party at the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club on Saturday, 30 July

We are delighted to announce our Swiss National Day Celebration Party, scheduled for Saturday, 30 July from 17:00 to 21:00 at the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club.

And we are particularly excited to welcome H.E. Ambassador Dr. Andreas Baum in our midst as a guest of honor!

Here a short program of what to expect:

17:00 Registration, cocktails, musical entertainment
18:00 Short ceremony with speeches and National Hymns
18:15 Casual dinner with grilled sausages, raclette and assorted finger foods
– Swiss wine sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland
– 2 hours of free-flow soft drinks included
– Cash bar for alcoholic beverages other than the wine
…. and a lot of fun together with friends in a wonderful atmosphere
21:00 Farewell

The Yokohama Country & Athletic Club (https://ycac.jp/) is located in Yokohama, a 10-minute walk from Yamate Station (Negishi Line). We strongly advise you to use public transportation!

https://ycac.jp/acess/

https://goo.gl/maps/et57t2XnadsnYXZv9

Should you decide to come by car, please drive past the main entrance of the club and use the coin-parking near the tennis courts (parking near the main entrance is reserved for members of the YCAC!).

You can easily register for the event online by clicking on the following link: https://forms.gle/QS5vKyEeKn6TBRDZ6 (preferred method).

If for some reason, the above link should not work for you, you can also fill in the application form below and send it by email or letter post. Deadline for registration is 16 July 2022.

Swiss Club Members, as well as members of the SCCIJ and the Japan Swiss Society, benefit from a considerably reduced entry fee of only JPY 3500 as compared to JPY 5500 for non-members.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, you can sign up for Swiss Club Toyko membership here: https://swissclubtokyo.com/membership/

We hope to see you at the party!

Newsflash

No doubt last year was quite a challenge: it was difficult to meet in person, events and activities had to be cancelled, and in the end it was only the hikes and a few Stammtisch gatherings that gave our club a semblance of “life”.

Being cautiously optimistic, I believe we can go ahead planning some of our regular events. The Stammtisch is definitely on again, and we are slowly getting ready for the Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for June 8, 18:00 at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo (the AGM is a “members only” event, but it is of course possible to join the club on that occasion).

On Sunday, May 15, we successfully launched our new activity, the Family Picnic at a riverside park in Futako Tamagawa. Like the “Hikes”, the Family Picnic is meant to be a casual gathering where you bring your own food and drinks. The main purpose is to give families with a Swiss background a chance to get together, share and exchange. This being said, anybody is welcome to join.

Family Picnic in Futako Tamagawa

With the KEIO Floral Garden Ange no longer in operation, we had to look for a new venue for our National Day Celebration. It was not easy to find something suitable that offers a nice setting at a reasonable rate. After careful consideration, we decided to try out the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club this year. The party is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 (save the date!).

I will of course continue offering nature walks in the beautiful surroundings of Kamakura, but I am not sure I can make it one more time before the rainy season and the summer heat.

Also, a “Year End Party” is in the making! The definite date is yet to be decided, but we are working together with the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry to offer a party in the “old” format with lots of fun and entertainment. There are some other ideas for activities that haven’t taken shape yet. We will keep you posted on developments.
So please stay tuned!

Blog Article on the Swiss Club Hiking Activities!

Fellow Swiss Club Member Elena Laghi, who is very active on social media, has posted a very nice article on our hiking experiences in and around Kamakura.

Elena has been on all the excursion we currently offer in the Kamakura area. Enjoy her article and find out more about her experiences and impressions.

Also, on her webpage you find a plethora of information that might be of interest for you. Check it out!

And here some photos of the hikes:

Daibutsu Trail

Kinubari Yama Trail

Tennen Trail

Trail to Takatori Yama

SWISS CULTURE IN JAPAN event calendar Spring edition 2022

The Culture Section of the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo has released a new event calendar:

Cherry Picking

Dear Readers of SWISS CULTURE IN JAPAN,

We are delighted to present to you the spring 2022 edition of our event calendar. The new film of Japan-based Swiss director Roger Walch, “ANAÏS”, is on the front cover.

Cross-border restrictions remain a challenge for cultural exchanges, yet inspiring Swiss events are flourishing in Tokyo and beyond this season once again. From Max Frisch to Christian Marclay, from architecture to classical music, high quality is the keyword this season. In addition, we selected a few online offerings (podcasts, festivals, literary platforms, etc.) for the pleasure of digital wanderers. Happy cherry picking!