Cancelled: January Stammtisch

In view of the unprecedented number of new infections in the capital and the impending quasi-state of emergency, we decided to skip the Stammtisch-gathering scheduled for January 24!
Thank you for your understanding. We will try again in February.
In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and stay healthy!

SWISS CULTURE IN JAPAN event calendar Autumn/Winter edition 2021/22

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

Vantage points

This season, our SWISS CULTURE IN JAPAN event calendar introduces some thought-provoking snapshots: an exhibition questioning how far art can go in expressing the concept of “humanity,” a charity concert reminding us of the importance of helping others or even a photography competition highlighting the urgency of the environmental crisis. If you are more inclined towards online gazing, do not miss V/A – Various artists. This new digital magazine initiated by the Pro Helvetia Cultural Foundation presents an innovative form of cultural journalism that contributes to international exchanges and artistic transdisciplinarity through texts, visual media, soundscapes, and more. Ready for new outlooks?


The Stammtisch is back on!

It looks like we can re-launch our “Stammtisch” get-together on Monday, October 25!

Currently, alcohol is being served — with last orders at 20:00 — and guests can stay seated until 21:00.
However, we might have to split up into groups of 4, depending on how closely the Restaurant follows the guidelines of the authorities.
Even though new infections have dropped dramatically, masks should still be worn at all times, except for food and beverage intake.
Please let us know ASAP if you would like to join; “First come – First served”!

More info about the Stammtisch here.

We can also announce two upcoming events:

The Santa Claus-event will be on Saturday, 4. December and the traditional Swiss Club Ski Week in Shiga Kogen is planned for February 26 ~ March 6, 2022.

Save the dates!

We are starting the hiking season!

We are happy to offer the first Swiss Club Kamakura Hike of the season on Sunday, 3. October. We are going to start the season modestly with the classic “Daibutsu Trail”!

If you haven’t received the information by e-mail yet, contact us so we can put you on the mailing list.

Stay tuned

We really can’t wait to safely mingle again and are furiously planning our next events.

The temperatures are getting more comfortable…how about a hike?! We can only dream at this point, but stay tuned! Some impressions from our last hikes.

The Stammtisch is also waiting for a re-re-boot. Fingers crossed it will happen in October.

E-mails will go out to all the Swiss Club members, as usual. If you would like to get updates on the Stammtisch gatherings, don’t hesitate to put your e-mail address on the Stammtisch mailing list.

Hope to see you very soon!

Spring Hike Kamakura

Looking for safe activities in 2020, the Swiss Club Tokyo discovered hiking. It was a huge success! So much so that we have decided to make spring and autumn hiking a regular thing.

Unsurprisingly, the first spring hike of this year was booked out right away. Most certainly because of where it led us: the gorgeous Kamakura area is brimming with culture, where luscious green hills meet the deep blue ocean just a stone-throw away from Tokyo.

After a stroll through the bustling town, we ascended through thick greenery and soon reached the Mandarado Yagura Caves. Yaguras are man-made caves that were used to perform memorial services between the 13th and the 15th century and the cluster in Kamakura is the biggest one.

Lunch – “finally!”, said the kids. Overlooking the foothills, the town, and the ocean, we rested at the most scenic spot.

With the third state of emergency upon us, we decided to forgo sitting together for a beer but instead passed by an authentic German bakery before ending the official part in the town centre, to make further individual exploration convenient.

Another gorgeous day out with inspiring conversations and a great atmosphere, looking forward to the next one!

Spring Newsletter 2021

Needless to say that the ongoing situation with Covid-19 makes it rather difficult to plan and organize activities and events. In 2020, we focussed on outdoor activities; and we managed to find outside locations for all our main events (the Annual General Meeting, the 1. August celebration and the Christmas party).

Also, we moved the Stammtisch – our monthly get-together – to a terrace in Nihonbashi, while the freshly introduced hiking outings in fall became an instant hit.

This year, in the first week of March, we went ahead with our traditional ski week in the Shiga Kogen area, which was yet again a lot of fun and a huge success. Please check out the tab with the highlights of our ski holiday! Hopefully, it wets your appetite for next year!

And what’s in store for this year?

I guess we will continue in the same vein – while carefully assessing the situation at hand and adjusting to it.

The first spring hike was fully booked within one day. But no worries – there will be more to come!

Our Annual General Meeting (for members only) is roughly scheduled for the first half of June, and we might be able to use the Garden of the Swiss Residence for the occasion – provided there is no state of emergency at the time. If circumstances should prove to be too severe, an online-meeting (Zoom or similar) is not out of the question.

This year again, we can probably celebrate the 1. August on the proper date, as it falls on a Sunday. As for the venue, we plan to book the Keio Floral Garden Ange like in the last 2 years. The same holds true for our Christmas event with Santa!

We have a few other potential activities in mind, like some “Seaside Fun” at Yokohama Umi no Koen (Seaside Park), a summer experience weekend in the Japanese Alps, etc. etc. However, these are still rough ideas that need quite a bit of work. So, no promises… but we will try our best!

And we could use some help: If you have any ideas and suggestions – or even better – if you would like to play an active role in the Swiss Club, please let us know!

All the best and good health!