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Special Events and Ticketed Dinners

District Meetings – Friday, 29 June

District Meetings are an opportunity to meet with Zontians from your district/region to connect, discuss pertinent district matters and prepare your members to gain the most from convention.


First Timers Orientation – Friday, 29 June
First-time convention attendees are invited to a special welcome and orientation. 

Yakatabune Hamashin, Tempura Course – Optional Ticked Dinner – Friday, 29 June
Enjoy delicious, freshly-prepared dishes with a beautiful night view of Yokohama from Hamashin, a dining experience on a yakatabune, a traditional Japanese houseboat. Styled like an Japanese inn with beautifully woven straw mats, the yakatabune smoothly glides through the water, offering both a comfortable ride and an unforgettable experience.

Opening Ceremony with Flag Parade – Saturday, 30 June
The Opening Ceremony is the official beginning of Convention and includes the impressive flag parade, featuring the flags from all of Zonta’s 66 countries, and keynote speeches addressing Zonta's key priorities. 

Japanese Tea Ceremony – Saturday, 30 June
Get acquainted with a Japanese traditional tea ceremony by observing a Sen schoolmaster who is a member of the Zonta Club of Kyoto II. 

Heichinrou, Chinese Dinner – Optional Ticked Dinner – Saturday, 30 June
Heichinrou, meaning, "a place welcoming distinguished, good people," first opened in 1884 in Yokohama's Chinatown, and is the oldest Chinese restaurant still operating in Japan. The restaurant is considered one of the finest examples of Cantonese cuisine and features luxurious meals, including seasonal dishes only offered for a short time.

Marin Rouge, Western Buffet – Optional Ticked Dinner – Sunday, 1 July
Climb aboard the Marine Rouge and dine while you cruise through the Port of Yokohama. See the beauty of the city from the water as you dine with your fellow Zontians.

Memorial Service – Monday, 2 July 
All Zontians are welcome to attend the memorial service to remember those Zontians who have passed away during the 2016-2018 Biennium. To submit a name for remembrance, please visit click here, Memorial Service, and you will be redirected to a secure form on the membership.zonta.org website. This form allows members to upload an Excel file of all the members in their district that have passed away, or they can submit up to 10 names per form submission by entering the information directly into the form. 

Closing Ceremony with 2018-2020 Leadership Installation – Tuesday, 3 July
Join your fellow Zontians at this final business session in celebrating the closing of the 64th International Convention. The highlights of this ceremony will including the installation of the 2018-2020 Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation Boards, International Nominating Committee and Governors, and recognition of the 2016-2018 Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation Boards and Governors for their work and time dedicated to Zonta International this biennium. 

Sayonara to Yokohama - a Grand Gala Dinner – Tuesday, 3 July

Enjoy the hospitality of the Zonta clubs in Japan with an elegant evening of Japanese culture, featuring Noh theater masters Kurouemonn Katayama and Shingo Katayama and award-winning soprano singer Michié Nakamaru. This will be an opportunity to visit one last time with your fellow Zontians from all over the globe as we say Sayonara to Yokohama and the 2016-2018 Biennium, and welcome the beginning of Zonta's centennial anniversary celebration!