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