Opening Ceremony of the Grandvaux Spa Village in the village of Nagara

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Mar 30, 2020

[Notice] To support the official measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, the ceremony is postponed. More information will follow soon.

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On March 30th 2020, a ceremony will be held on the occasion of the opening of Grandvaux Spa Village, a resort-type glamping area inspired by the village of Grandvaux in Switzerland.

During their 1971 trip through Europe, Their Majesties Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun visited the world-renowned vineyards on the shore of Lake Geneva. They were welcomed by the owner of the vineyard, Samuel Porta, who was the Syndic (mayor) of Grandvaux at the time. Following the Imperial visit, Grandvaux maintained a close relationship with Furusato-Mura, a district in the village of Nagara, which eventually resulted in the two villages being twinned in July 1979. By donating its former embassy building to the village of Nagara, the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan encouraged the establishment of this sister city affiliation.

In 2011, Grandvaux was merged into Bourg-en-Lavaux. However, a friendship relation is still maintained; in 2018 Yves Porta, winegrower and grandson of the Syndic who had welcomed Emperor Showa, invited Etsuro Honda, Ambassador of Japan to Switzerland, to visit his family’s vineyards.

On the day of the opening ceremony, the Tamagawa Alphorn Club will be performing at Grandvaux Spa Village, reminiscent of a Swiss chalet, which will be unveiled to the public for the first time. Suisu-Tei – the magnificent former Swiss Embassy building now registered as a “Tangible Cultural Property” – will also be shown to the attendees. This ceremony will be yet another perfect opportunity for Switzerland and Japan to celebrate their long-lasting friendship.