Ceremony of the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of friendship and commerce between Switzerland and Japan, and the Official launch of festivities for 2014

Official Reception opening the Swiss-Japan Jubilee

February 6 2014
Musée d'ethnographie de la ville de Neuchâtel, St Nicolas 4, 2000 Neuchâtel
(On invitation only)


Swiss Confederation, Republic and State of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel City, Museum of Ethnography, Post CH Ltd, JETRO, and the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland



5.00 pm
Mr. Marc-Olivier Gonseth, Director of the Museum of Ethnography
Mr. Thomas Facchinetti, Director of Culture for the City of Neuchâtel
Mr. Alain Ribaux, State Councilor for Neuchâtel

5.30 pm
Ikebana performance by Mr. Ryuho Sasaoka, Headmaster of Misho-ryu Sasaoka
Speech by H.E. Ryuhei Maeda, Ambassador of Japan to Switzerland
Speech by H.E. Georges Martin, Deputy State Secretary, FDFA

6.00 pm
Musical performance by Mr. Shunsuke Kimura & Mr. Etsuro Ono, Kyoto

6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Inauguration of the exhibition room dedicated to Aimé Humbert’s mission to Japan
and launch of the 150th commemorative stamp by Mr Dominique Freymond,
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Director, Post CH Ltd
followed by a Neuchâtel-style aperitif at the Museum’s Café

7.20 pm
Guest speaker: Prof. Laurent Tissot

7.30 pm
Guest speaker: Prof. Hans Bjarne Thomsen

8.00 pm
Cocktail reception in the exhibition hall
Sushi and other Japanese foods, Geisha performance

10.00 pm
End of the ceremony



Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel, St Nicolas 4, 2000 Neuchâtel