Chile Tomonkai

About the Chile Tomonkai

Although we know there are many overseas Tomonkais which boast their long history and tradition, the Chile Tomonkai is very new, having been established only four years ago (in December, 2008).

As the number of company representatives increased following Chile’s recent economic development and its boom in resources development, the number of members increased from meager eleven to 22. Including the former members who have already left Chile, the number of our members has reached more than 40. As is common among the new Tomonkais in an emerging country experiencing rapid development, more than half of our current members have graduated sometime after the year 2000, and the members are quite young, as is the Chile Tomonkai itself.

Our main activities include informal gatherings, golf tournaments with the Mitakai, and practice sessions for such tournaments. Many of our members live in Santiago, the capital city of Chile; however, some live around the mines in the north or around the nurseries in the south. In the gatherings which are held every two months or so, not only the members living in Santiago but also those living in such rural areas participate, and we have a very good time together each time.
Shintaro Sato (Graduated in 2000, School of Political Science and Economics)

The attractive points of Chile

We should never forget 3W’s when we think of the attractive points of Chile.

1. Wine: Recently, Chilean wine has become quite popular in Japan. The attractive point of Chilean wine probably is that it tastes good although it is rather cheap. (Of course, there are ultra-high-grade wines.) As for red wines, there are Cabernet Sauvignon (which is rich in flavor) and Carmenere (which is plain and originated from a kind of grape which has already become extinct in Europe and grows only in Chile). As for white wines, Chardonnay (which is spicy) and Sauvignon Blanc (which is fruity) are famous. Living in Chile, we feel happy when we can enjoy reasonably-priced wine with large meat dish, or with fresh and abundant seafood.

2. Weather: As Chile is a long and narrow country extending north and south, there are distinctive characteristics in each region. The north is a desert area represented by Atacama Desert; the south includes Patagonia and the South Pole where you can observe the glaciers. There are truly a variety of landscapes you can enjoy. In Santiago, the capital city, there are four seasons, like Japan. Although it sometimes becomes below the freezing point in winter (for a few days per year), in summer, it is wonderful to enjoy outdoor activities including BBQs under the clear, blue sky.

3. Women: Chile has always been famous for beautiful women. Is this really true? Please come to Chile to see this for yourself!
Yusuke Sekine (Graduated in 2004, School of Commerce)

Presidential palace in Chile – La Moneda

Reflection of light in the Andes Mountains

Message from the Chairman

Many people have the wrong idea that Chile is home to chili beans or chili con carne. When I deny these ideas, they say that the shape of the country is similar to chili pepper (which is long and thin). In fact, Chileans are in general not a fan of hot food at all. Although there are several stories about the origin of the name of the country “Chile”, it is said that the name “Chile” takes after the name of the chief of the tribe which was influential around the area which is now Santiago when the Inca Empire was invading the region (“Historia de Chile” translated by a Waseda alumnus, the late Masatoshi Yamamoto).

Although the country is located at the farthest end of the world for the people of the Old World, and although it took time for the European civilization to reach Chile compared to other countries in South America, its diligent people and its rich mineral resources found during the era of the Pacific led the country to become the first country in South America to join the OECD. The country is extremely positive about concluding FTAs and discussing TPP agreements, and such attitude is something that Japan cannot imitate, although Japan is also positive about promoting free trade.

The moderate Latin mentality of Chilean people makes them easy to deal with for Japanese people. Its land is hilly, and it boasts of rich natural environment filled with frontier areas. The country will continue to attract young Waseda graduates as well as older Waseda alumni who have successfully completed their former jobs, willing to embark on another adventure.
Shotaro Matsutani (Graduated in 1981, School of Commerce)

Messeges from the Members

Two years have already passed since I started to live in Chile in August 2010 as a representative of my company. Chile is about 4,300 kilometers long from north to south and about 180 kilometers wide from east to west. The shape of its land is very unique compared to other countries in the world as it is extremely long and narrow. It is said that the country was made by God on the last day of the Creation using the unused parts, which means that the country is filled with all sorts of places of natural beauty, climate conditions, and landscape. I am working hard day and night in a county located on the opposite side of the globe. The main activities of the Chile Tomonkai are playing golf and enjoying gatherings. The alcoholic drinks both young and old Waseda alumni enjoy together in a foreign country taste exceptionally good! Hurrah for Waseda University! Hurrah for the Chile Tomonkai!!
Tetsuya Kamiya (Graduated in 1987, School of Commerce)

I have been living here since April 2012 as a company representative. The attractive points of Chile, a country that extends north and south, include not only its natural beauty but also the wonderful Chilean spirit that considers “harmony” important. For example, when there is an event taking place (especially a soccer game), Chilean people everywhere would shout “Vamos todos!” (Let’s do our best together!) The Chile Tomonkai is continuing to promote exchanges with the people of the companies and age groups different from his/her own, placing importance on such “harmony”.

The natural beauty, Chilean wine, and “harmony”. If you ever have a chance to visit South America, please pay attention to Chile.
Eisuke Akasaka (Graduated in 2007, School of Law)

I started to live in Santiago from October 2010 as a company representative, and already two years have passed. There are new discoveries and surprises every day, every year, and I am always reminded of what an interesting country Chile is.

The attractive points of Chile include not only the magnificence and the beauty of nature, but also its delicious food materials.“Mariscos”(Seafood) is both cheap and delicious, and we have a range of good meat including Japanese meat and Argentinian meat. I am hoping that the activities of the Chile Tomonkai will be one of the attractive points of Chile.
Naoya Matsuda (Graduated in 2004, School of Political Science and Economics)

I have lived in Chile for about one year and a half as a company representative. My impression of South America quickly changed after I saw the orderly skyscrapers in the new section of Santiago and the luxurious cars going by. Although there is a big gap between the wealthy and the poor, I think, as a whole, Chile’s economy is steadily developing. Furthermore, I think the Chilean people are very willing take part in politics, as we can see in the demonstrations held almost every week (sometimes this becomes a problem when the demonstrations become riots).

Chile is both developing and changing, and living here is both professionally and personally stimulating. However, the activities of the Chile Tomonkai is one important source of energy for living here as a representative, as the activities remind me of the “Waseda spirit”.
Kiyonobu Kajihara (Graduated in 2001, School of Political Science and Economics)

I came to Chile in April, 2010 as a person in charge of administrative duties at the National Astronomical Observatory. I am working behind the scenes surrounded by astronomers on an astronomical project called “ALMA Telescope Project” which is taking place in the Atacama Highlands in the north of Chile. In the “ALMA Telescope Project”, we are planning to construct a huge radio telescope, which has 66 parabolic antennas, on a highland which stands 5,000 meters above sea level. When it is completed, we will be able to obtain radio wave images of astronomical objects which boast the highest resolution in the world. It is an international project where Japan, Taiwan, countries in North America, Europe, and Chile participate. Japan is in charge of manufacturing four antennas whose diameter is 12 meters long, and 12 antennas whose diameter is seven meters long. Please also pay attention to Chile in terms of its development in astronomy!
Shinichi Yamamoto (Graduated in 2002, School of Political Science and Economics)

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