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A Lunch meeting in September

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Day out to Utrecht

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 15 June
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Gathering at the Kralingse Zoom Rotterdam metro station P+R
  • Visiting monuments around Utrecht


The bus left on time.  Near by Kasteel de Haar ,we had tea at a cosy restaurant. Then we arrived at the castel.  Our co-chair Mr. Erik Geering gave a welcome speech.  It was raining when we arrived at Kasteel de Haar, but fortunately that stopped before the speach of Mr. Geering commenced.

Kasteel de Haar is  a very beautiful castle and we heard that a wedding ceremony was held there that day.  For most of the participants, it was their first visit to the castle and we  enjoyed it very much.

During the tour, staff talked about some interesting intems of each room, so we were able to learn many things.

Then it was lunch time at a restaurant in front of Huis Doorn, which is an an other castel in the area.

We could make a choice of asparagus soup for starter, carpaccio or salmon salad for main course, and dessert.

Since we arrived much later than expected at the restaurant, due to construction works on the A12, the board members contacted the restaurant to inform them about our delay and our choices of the main dish in advance. In this way we could start our lunch as soon as  we arrived at the restaurant! (Thank you very much for the smooth arrangement!) We visited  Huis Doorn in two groups with a guide.  The guides explained each room very precisely. Although we did not have enough time to see everything, it was a very educational visit anyway.

We returned at Kralingse Zoom on time.  I’m sure that many members arrived home in time to watch EK football Spain against Croatia.



Company visit to Koppert Cress on Friday 12 April 2024

Event details

Date: Friday 12 April
Time: 12.30 – 15.30
Company: Koppert Cress: De Poel 1, 2681 MB Monster


After a nice cup of coffee/tea/herb (shiso, jusmine and cardamom leaf) tea,

The CEO of Koppert Cress, Mr Rob Baan, explained passionately about the company and interesting stories.

We tried different kinds of leaves, cress and flowers. They were exciting and surprising in taste! The highlight was the oyster leaf!

After the tasting we had a nice lunch on the terrace. We got the guided tour of Koppert Cress by Mr Rob Baan and ended with the speech of

Minister Nakano from the Japanese Embassy and Mrs Fumiko Inoue, co-chair of the RJC.

An opening party was held in the innovative greenhouse. Koppert Cress is involved in innovative technology.

They also produce shiso, kaiware daikon and sansho, which are well known in Japan.

It was a very inspiring visit. Mr Baan’s passion and love for the environment and health is fantastic. We received a generous gift of a selection of cress to take home.

We celebrated the opening of their new greenhouse that regulates temperature with bubbles. Please read this article.

An excursion at De Loft RDM Next and our Annual General Meeting for the year 2024.

Date and time: Wednesday, March 6, 13:30 – 17:00

Venue: De Loft bij de RDM Next
Scheepsbouwweg 8-Loft, 3089 JW Rotterdam
Route to RDN


13:30 Registration and coffee/tea
14:00 RDM Excursion
15:15 AGM
16:00 Networking and Refreshments
17:00 Event concludes

About the Event: Excursion on RDM RDM (Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij: Rotterdam Dry Dock Company)
served as a prominent shipyard from 1902 to 1996. Today, it stands as a collaboration between
the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Technical Education Institutes, housing over 60 innovative companies—an exemplary instance of industry-education synergy.

We are divided in two groups and got very nice excursion of RDM.  They have two divisions.  Hogeschool Rotterdam and  the sector of  the companies contributing to technology.  The guid, Mr. Ajendouz has explaind us enthusiastically about RDM.  It was a  very lerning visit.

After visiting RDM. We had AGM of year 2024.


The International Film Festival Rotterdam

LantarenVenster: Otto Reuchlinweg 996, 3072 MD Rotterdam
Date and Time:  Tuesday, January 30th 8 pm.

We have watched a Japanese Anime film Blue Giant.


The New Years Concert at de Doelen on Thursday, January 11, starting at 8:15 p.m. at de Doelen, Rotterdam

Dinner at Chinese Restaurant TaiWu (Mauritsweg 24-26)

The partners of the members were also welcome.

The link of the programme of this concert

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2024
Venue for Registration and Dinner: Chinese Restaurant TaiWu (Mauritsweg 24-26)
The New Year’s Concert: De Doelen (Schouwburgplein 50)

Time Schedule:

  • 6:00 – 6:20 pm: Registration at Chinese Restaurant TaiWu
  • 6:20 – 7:50 pm: Welcome, drinks and dinner
  • 6:30 pm: Words of welcome by Mr. Erik Geerling
  • 6:35 pm: Kampai
  • 7:50 – 8:15 pm: Move to the concert hall, de Doelen
  • 8:15 pm: Start of the first part of the concert
  • 9:15 – 9:30 pm: Intermission with coffee, tea, and sweets
  • 9:30 pm: Start of the second part of the concert
  • 10:15 pm: Conclusion of the concert

Programme & performers

Mozart Ouverture ‘Die Zauberflöte’
Mozart Arias
Beijer Wals for orchestra (commissioned work, world premiere)
J. Strauss Jr. An der schönen blauen Donau
Lehár Songs
Dvořák Slavic Dances (selection)

ConductorKristiina Poska


Lunch meeting Sociëteit De Maas  (Veerdam 1, 3016 DD Rotterdam) at 12.00-14.00  on Monday the 23rd of October, guest speaker Ms Gwen Jansen

Ms Jansen is an award winning documentary film director, Creative Excitement Optimizer (CEO) of Impactainment Productions BV.

At this moment she is making a film about the relationship between Japan and the Netherlands.

Please see the site as reference.

Here are her comments about the film and her talk at RJC.
At this moment, preparations are in full swing for the realization of a world premiere. A documentary about the centuries-long friendship between Japan and the Netherlands, with a prominent role reserved for the deep passion of many Dutch people for Japanese culture. The film is intended for a wide audience. The goal is to premiere the film at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan in 2025.

On October 23rd, you will be personally informed by the film director about the film project. In this pre-production phase, the filmmaker is still seeking both financing and interesting stories to include in the film. Perhaps you would like to contribute to this film, both in terms of content and financially, as a partner.

The film is a co-production between Japan and the Netherlands, and it is being developed in consultation with both the Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Japan. Many experts and experienced individuals, including those from institutions such as the Japan Museum SieboldHuis and the Camera Japan film festival, are actively involved in the content.

Her another award winning documentary film, about Nurse Practitioner is in premiere in Lantarenvenster (grote zaal) on Tuesday 26 sept.

Here is the schedule for the lunch meeting:

12.00 : Welcome the guests, registration and drinks
12.30:  To the table
12.35:  Welcome speech of RJC Co-Chair Mr Erik Geerling
12.40: Speech of  Ambassador H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Minami
12.45: Introduce new members (if they are attending) Lunch
13.15: Short introduction of Ms Gwen Jansen and her talk
13.45: Q & A
14.00: Closing the lunch meeting