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In 2014, Switzerland and Japan will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. A rich program of outstanding activities and events awaits you throughout the anniversary year.
Japanese photographer Hiroshi Morita is holding a photo exhibition titled “Swiss Mountains”. For 6 years, he has focused on famous Swiss landmarks such as the Matterhorn and the Eiger. He is now showing a selection of his best works in an exhibition taking place from January to December 2014 in several branches of Seto Shinkin Bank, Aichi.
JAN to DEC 2014 Several branches of Seto shinkin bank, Aichi
JAN 06 – 31 Central branch
FEB 03 – 28 Yamaguchi branch
MAR 03 – 28 Mizuno branch
MAR 31 – APR 25 Seto higashi branch
APR 28 – MAY 16 Akatsu branch
MAY 19 – 30 Toyoda branch
JUN 02 – 13 Naruto branch
JUN 16 – 27 Nagakute branch
JUN 30 – JUL 24 Omori branch
JUL 25 – SEP 01 Misato branch
SEP 02 – 19 Sakaecho branch
SEP 22 – OCT 03 Komaki branch
OCT 06 – 24 Nishiharu branch
OCT 27– NOV 7 Tougo branch
NOV 10 – 28 Shinoharabashi branch
DEC 01 – 26 Nagoya branch
A series of Swiss Gastronomy Weeks staged by leading hotels in Tokyo, Osaka and other cities providing Swiss cuisine will be held. Expert chefs from Switzerland and Japan alike will prepare a variety of delicious Swiss dishes, featuring traditional but also new Swiss cuisine. A selection of Swiss wines is rounding off this culinary festivity.
FEB 7–16 Grand Hyatt , Tokyo
FEB 28 Yokohama Royal Park Hotel, Yokohama
APR 1-13 Westin, Tokyo
NOV Swissôtel Nankai Osaka,
info: Facebook of the Embassy of Switzerland
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), who is known as a philosopher, educator, Goethe researcher and founder of «anthroposhophy», also created several remarkable buildings. Notably to be mentioned the «Goetheanum» on the low hills of Dornach in the sub-urbs of Basel, Switzerland. This exhibition will feature 50 blackboard drawings, furniture and architectural models and various items, which presents Rudolf Steiner's ideas and his attempt to attain spiritual knowledge by using scientic methodology.
MAR 23―JUL 13 WATARI-UM, Tokyo
Appointed as the third Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott, former principal conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, performs with the orchestra in their subscription concert to mark his nomination.
APR 19 – Kawasaki, Tokyo
info: TOKYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Pablo Picasso called Balthus the «last maestro of the 20th century». From April through September 2014, «A Retrospective: Balthus» brings together all major works of the maestro, including some rarely seen in Japan. It will include over 40 oil paintings as well as drawings and the artist’s private belongings, totaling approximately 100 pieces in all. With the contribution of Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, who married Balthus in 1967, the exhibition will reconstruct for the first time his former atelier in Grand Chalet de Rossinière, Switzerland, introducing the setting behind his artistic creation.
APR 19 – JUN 22 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
JUL 5 – SEP 7 Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
info: A RETROSPECTIVE: BALTHUS EXHIBITION
Vallotton (1865-1925) is famous not only for his oil paintings but also for his unique woodcuts characterized by its vivid black and white contrasts. The exhibition is his first retrospective exhibition in Japan and features over 100 paintings and woodcuts. The exhibition will bring into focus the artist as a man who hid a strong passion behind icy artistic expressions.
JUN 14 – SEP 23 Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
In 2014, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) joined the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) as a co-publisher of STAM (Science and Technology of Advanced Materials Science, Japan), an international materials science open-access journal. To commemorate the 15th Anniversary of STAM, a symposium will be held at the Sanjo Conference Hall of the University of Tokyo.
JUL 3 Sanjo Conference Hall, the University of Tokyo
Kazuki Yamada won the 2009 Besançon International Conducting Competition, and today he is one of the most talked-about conductor in Europe. He has performed with numerous top orchestras around the world, receiving critical acclaim and enthusiastic praises from audiences and orchestras alike. His first appearance in 2010 with the prestigious Orchestra de la Suisse Romande was a resounding success. Promptly thereafter, he was named the orchestra's principal guest conductor. His deep mutual affinity with the orchestra is evident and this will be their first tour in Japan. The program, interpreted with the orchestra's richly colored timbres and vivid, impressive phrasing, is sure to delight. Mr. Yamada's collaboration with violinist Daishin Kashimoto, in whom he has absolute trust, further heightens the anticipation.
JUL 5 - 12 Fukui, Aichi, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Okayama, Kumamoto
Info: Japan Arts
Fukami Satomi, Fujiwara Dozan & Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) meets Japanese music. Joint concert by special string quartet plus flute from OSR and two of today’s best performers of traditional Japanese music, Fukami Shinkai (Koto) and Dozan Fujiwara (Shakuhachi). Works by Swiss composer Arthur Honegger along with masterpieces from the Edo to Showa periods will be performed.
JUL 6 Yokohama Noh Theater, Kanagawa
After an extensive China and Japan Tour in 2013, Feldermelder and Nik! return to
Japan. The tour is accompanied by a special release: a Japanese CD Edition of
Feldermelder's «Unusual Vacation Music». The Japan Edition CD is a version of a
vinyl postcard release on Hula Honeys Records with additional song material.
JUL 7 – 21 Tokyo, Niigata and more places
Info: Hula Honeys
From Johanna Spyri (Heidi), Ernst Kreidolf, Hans Fischer to Warja Honegger-Lavater, Switzerland has been leaving its mark on the Children's Books genre. The Osaka Prefectural Central Library will hold a special event featuring Children's Books from Switzerland including an exhibition, a Quiz-rally and a talk.
JUL 8 - SEP 21 Center for International Children's Literature of the Osaka Prefectural Central Library, Osaka
Info: Center for International Children's Literature of the Osaka Prefectural Central Library
This exhibition is dedicated to Hans Fischer (1909-1958), the Swiss painter, illustrator and author, most famous for the warm-hearted children's book Pitschi (about the kitten who always wanted to be something else). The exhibition includes over 50 exhibits, including illustrations from Pitschi, Town Musicians of Bremen and Puss in Boots.
JUL 12 – 27 Kariwa town library: Rapika, Niigata
The Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Japan and Switzerland signed on February 6th, 1864 was the result of an intense negotiation process. Based on historic material from the diary of a delegation member, Casper Brennwald. This exhibition will highlight the steps leading up to the signing within the political climate of that time.
JUL 16 – OCT 19 Yokohama Archives of History, Kanagawa
Swiss bassist Dominique Girod and his quartet, Gabriel Dalvit (as), Thomas Lüthi (ts), Lionel Boccara (ds) with special guest Yutaka Shiina (pf) will play as a quintet in Switzerland and Japan. Focusing on contemporary Jazz, they will perform a repertoire of their new and exciting own compositions.
JUL 22 – 26 Nagoya, Shizuoka, Chiba, Tokyo
Info: Dominique Girod, Yutaka Shina
The string quartet, Lugano 4 -Tunes is composed of four young musicians who are studying at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. This Tour is being filmed for a documentary program on Swiss TV (RSI).
JUL 25 Tanabe art museum, Wakayama
JUL 26 Mukunoki-hall, Osaka
JUL 28 Kosin-kan, Gunma
JUL 29 Oumi-gakudou, Tokyo opera city, Tokyo
JUL 30 Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi, Shizuoka
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Roger Walch & Taro Matsumoto
Swiss Pianist, Composer and filmmaker Roger Walch, and Shakuhachi Flutist Matsumoto, team up to perform an interesting mixture of Japanese traditional music, selected Jazz standards and original compositions. The Duo has been collaborating since 2004 and have released two CDs in Japan: "LIVE" (2006) and "Immortal Remains" (2008). Roger has also won the "Creative Prize" at the 1st Internet Piano Concours Japan in 2008.
JUL 26 Nara Centennial Hall, Nara
Informations: 080-5333-9375 (reservation) , Roger Walch website
Swiss designer Claudio Colucci is active in various fields, ranging from interior to product design. This exhibition brought to Japan by Clear Edition & Gallery will feature his works previously exhibited at the Design Days Dubai in March 2014.
31 JULY – 12 AUG Isetan Shinjuku Store, Tokyo
A charity concert performed by Swiss Ensemble Enzian. All profits will be donated to the Ashinaga NGO, to support the rainbow house project for children who lost either one or both parents due to the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
AUG 9 Oume City Hall, Tokyo
info：Ashinaga Obasan S tel: 0428-23-8075 (from 18:00), 042-579-3925 (from 19:00)
Toyama Prefecture and Basel have been collaborating in the Pharmaceutical field since 2006. This year, the 3rd Toyama-Basel Joint Symposium Pharmaceutical Research and Drug Development will be held at the Toyama International Conference Center. It will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Jörg Huwyler of Basel University as well as specialists from Switzerland and Japan participating in three sessions.
AUG 12 Toyama International Conference Center, Toyama
Info: Toyama Health & Welfare Department Pharmaceutical Policy Division (tel.: 076-444-3236)
Swiss composer and music teacher, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950), developed a unique method of teaching rhythm through movement known as eurhythmics. This conference will feature 21 instructors from around the world. Workshops will also take place.
AUG 17-21 Showa University of Music, Kangawa
Info: Jaques-Dalcroze Society of Japan
The Basel-based Ayame Foundation presents a group of young musicians who studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. This extended concert tour will take them through several prefectures from Hokkaido to Toyama.
AUG 22 – SEP 7 Sapporo, Hakodate, Iwate, Yamagata, Toyama, Kyoto, Tokyo
Info: Ayame Foundation, Flavio Ferri Benedetti, Ensemble Il Profondo
The 5th Swiss Wall Art Festival is waiting for your applications. You can choose to participate in two 2 categories: „the creation section” or “the photograph section”.
For the „creation section” you will be required to submit a piece of artwork made of Swiss plaster no bigger than 45cm in diameter. Plaster will be provided by the organizers.For the „photograph section” you can submit artistic pictures of Swiss plaster walls.
Registration: APR 1 – JUL 9
Exhibition: AUG 29 – 31 Shinjuku Living Design Center, Tokyo
Info: Ikeda Corporation
The documentary Film «Alphée of the Stars» tells the story of ¬lmmaker Hugo Latulippe's daughter, Alphée, who su ers from a rare genetic disorder that hampersher development. After her parents reject the idea of placing her in a specialized classroom, they move to the Swiss Alps where her father takes advantage of the time away to focus on his daughter's education, in hopes of eventually integrating her into a regular classroom.
SEP 17 Oscar Peterson Theatre (Embassy of Canada), Tokyo
Stephan Spicher’s art is inspired by both the European and Asian aesthetic systems. His painting style can be described as "spiritual minimalism” featuring experiments with different materials, such as paper, metal, lacquer and plexiglas. Under the exhibition title “Blossom”, his most representative works will be displayed at the new modern art pavilion of the Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum, which will be inaugurated on this occasion.
27 SEP – 25 OCT Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum
Japan has become one of the world’s leading economies. However, as its society has matured, the energy to thrust forward has also decreased and is gradually leading to various regional disparities. The Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster presented new hardships and revealed hidden problems. In order to break the deadlocks and overcome these problems, the symposium’s committee believes that some answers can be found in Switzerland’s unique risk management and decentralization systems. This symposium aims to explain the Swiss model and discuss the next step for Japan.
SEP 13 Osaka International House, Osaka
Kunsthaus Zürich, The Museum for Modern Art in Zurich is one of the best art museums in Switzerland, exhibiting world-class pieces of modern art. This exhibition marks the first large-scale introduction of its collection in Japan. Approximately 70 masterworks by highly important artists in art history will be presented,from the impressionists of the 19th century to the surrealists of the 20th century.
SEP 25 – DEC 15 The National Art Center, Tokyo
2015 JAN 31– 2015 MAY 10 Kobe City Museum, Kobe
Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) was a leading Swiss painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who not only left an important imprint on contemporary European painting but also fascinated the Japanese audiences. 40 years after his first exhibition in Japan, Hodler’s works will be presented once again. As the author of the theory of painting known as parallelism, his works obtain a distinctive “rhythm” through the repetition and resonance of similar forms. His approach corresponded also to the Eurhythmics method of teaching music through dance of a Swiss contemporary, the musician Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. The exhibition will provide an opportunity rare anywhere in the world to review Hodler’s oeuvre in light of these themes.
OCT 7 – 2015 JAN 12 National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
2015 JAN 24– 2015 APR 5 Hyogo Pref. Museum of Art, Kobe
“A Man’s Fate and Love” is the theme of this concert that focuses on the songs of contemporary Swiss composers. It consists of five parts that each portrait a man who lives through a dramatic life filled with hope, and love. The centerpiece among them is “The Eight Japanese Poems of Monk Rokyan and Nun Teishin”, an original song composed for this concert by Walter Giger. It will be this work’s world premiere and it will be performed in Japanese and German by Niklaus Kost and Satoko Tanaka, the special guest of the evening.
OCT 8 The Phoenix Hall, Osaka
Former Orchestre de la Suisse Romande concertmaster violinist Sachiko Nakamura, along with Swiss piano soloist Muriel Slatkine, are performing together at the Karuizawa Ohga Hall, Nagano. Masterpieces of Tartini, Mozart, Fauré and more will be performed at this very unique concert.
OCT 8 Karuizawa Ohga Hall, Nagano
Info: Sachiko Nakamura Concert executive committee (email: email@example.com)
This year the Europe Stamp Philately Exhibition focuses on Switzerland. It features rare stamps issued in 1840 by Geneva and Zurich. It also includes some letters from Switzerland which were sent to Edo 150 years ago. In all, 640 stamp collections will be shown.
OCT 10 - 11 Philatelic Museum , Tokyo
Info : Europex
Created by composers and musicians Paed Conca, Hans Koch (cl) and Michael Thieke (cl), who together form an unique clarinet trio, PORTA CHIUSA is an interdisciplinary performance combining film projections, spoken-word and a live musical performance. It is based on the inequality of people and the hierarchal classification at the beginning of the 21st century. For their Japan tour they collaborate and perform together with Maki Hachiya , Kouta Unaka and Ikue Kawahata who are all renowned professional vocalists and musicians.
OCT 15 – 30 Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Hokkaido
Info: Porta Chiusa
“Floating Islands,” a series of photographic work by Matteo Aroldi, explores the world through imaginary landscapes. Freely inspired by traditional Chinese and Japanese ink paintings, these images are composed of Layers of fragmented landscapes captured in our two distant countries, Switzerland and Japan.
OCT 22 – DEC 8 Hakone Museum of Photography, Kanagawa
JAPEX is the biggest national philatelic exhibition in Japan. The various stamps on exhibit are selected by the JAPEX jury in accordance with strict regulations that are almost equal to the FIP standards. Winners of the JAPEX competition are then entitled to apply for the FIP International Philatelic Exhibitions. This year, a Swiss Stamps exhibition will take place as part of the JAPEX.
OCT 31 – NOV 2 Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center, Tokyo
Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the world’s top Jazz festivals. This year’s Montreux Jazz Festival Japan will be the fourth edition held in Kawasaki. The festival will exceptionally feature a “Swiss” night to celebrate the 150 anniversary of Japan-Swiss friendship.
info: Montreux Jazz Festival
Othmar Schoeck (1886 – 1957) was a famous Swiss composer, he is mainly known for his numerous art songs and song cycles. Tomomi Mochizuki (mezzo-soprano) and Makiko Takeo (piano) will play Schoeck’s "Das stille Leuchten op. 60”, with lyrics by Swiss poet Conrad Ferdinand Meyer.
NOV 7 Toppan Hall, Tokyo
The Tokyo Ballet, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta will perform Maurice Béjart’s “IXe Symphonie (the 9th Symphony of Beethoven)” in celebration of the 150th Years Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Switzerland and Japan. “IXe Symphonie” is one of Béjart’s masterpieces. It premiered in Brussels in 1964.
NOV 8 – 9 NHK Hall, Tokyo
info: Japan Performing Arts Foundation, Béjart Ballet Lausanne
Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art is organizing an exhibition highlighting the exchange between Hamamatsu-city and Bern. At this exhibition artworks of schoolchildren from both Hamamatsu-city and Bern will be shown. What is precious for you? What is important for you? As well as „Food and Environment“ are some of the theme for the pieces shown.
Registration: until JUL 31
Exhibition: DEC 5 – JAN 6, 2015 Zaza City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Info: Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art
Japan – Switzerland : Exhibition Tour
Glasritzen is a diamond point engraving technique used on glass, it was brought to the level of art in the 1970s by Gerlind Megroz. Today, her highly creative and original work is regarded as true art. Even though after her death, only a handful of artists followed her artistic techniques and method in Switzerland, the “Glasritzenschule Megroz Japan” art school was founded in Japan to ensure that Glasritzen is preserved and passed on to the future generation. In conjunction with the anniversary of 150 years of cultural exchange between the two countries, two separate exhibitions of Glasritzen works done in Japan and Switzerland will take place.
DEC 6 – 10 O Museum, Tokyo
(JUN 26 - JUL 6, Japanese Cultural Center Bern in Switzerland)
Info: Glasritzenschule Megroz Japan
The distinct sophistication and quality of Swiss design sets the country apart as much as its stance of permanent neutrality. The practical Swiss give high marks to functionality, tradition, superior engineering, and hands-on craftsmanship. These qualities are clearly reflected in the many sought after Swiss products sold around the World. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland, this exhibition traces the origins of Swiss design from the 19th through the 20th centuries and on to the present, showcasing uniquely Swiss contributions to the fields of product, graphic, architectural, and interior design.
JAN 17 – MAR 29 Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Gallery1&2), Tokyo
Info: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo