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Tokyo American Club's Monthly Member Magazine

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  • TOKYO

    AM

    ERICAN

    CLUB

    iN

    TO

    UC

    HIssue 612 A

    pril 2016

    April 2016

    T O K Y O A M E R I C A N C L U B

    HOW THE CLUB IS HELPING MEMBERS LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES

    TAC K L E S A N D T R I E SYoung Members take up rugby

    SOU T H E R N D E L I G H T S French and US flavors at the Club

    I N T E R I O R I D E A SAsian furnishings extravaganza

    TOKYO

    AM

    ERICAN

    CLUB

    i

    NT

    OU

    CH

    Issue 612 April 2016

    April 2016

    T O K Y O A M E R I C A N C L U B

    HOW THE CLUB IS HELPING MEMBERS LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES

    TAC K L E S A N D T R I E SYoung Members take up rugby

    SOU T H E R N D E L I G H T S French and US flavors at the Club

    I N T E R I O R I D E A SAsian furnishings extravaganza

    FITTER STRONGER

  • Updated for 21st-century living, King Homes Aoyama is luxury reborn.

    Discover your own regal residence today.

    Exceptional things are worth rejuvenating.

    Tel: 03-5413-5666Nishi Azabu 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyowww.kencorp.com

    International Leasing Department Real estate license: Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (6) 4372; member of Real Estate Fair Trade Council; Fudosan Ryutsu Keiei Kyokai form of transaction: brokerage

    Completion: October 1980 (renovation completion: February 2016) Access: 12 minutes walk from Omotesando Station Occupation from March 10, 2016 Structure: RC 11 stories Exclusive area: 46.5m2~180.10m2

    Monthly rent: 270,000~1,200,000 Deposit: four months rent (key money: 0) Management fee: 0 Fixed-term lease for three years

    DISCLAIMERThe tenant must purchase a householders comprehensive insurance policy.The agent bears no responsibility for mobile phone signal at the property.The actual condition of the property takes precedence over any information about its condition.Agents commission: equivalent to one months rent plus consumption tax.

  • Club Committees

    Compensation Mark MillerCulture, Community & Entertainment Dan Smith (Ginger Griggs) Subcommittee

    Culture & Community TBC Entertainment TBC Frederick Harris Gallery Yumiko Sai Video Library Diane HarrisFinance Rodney Nussbaum (Hiroshi Miyamasu)

    Food & Beverage Matt Krcelic(Jerry Rosenberg) Subcommittee Wine Stephen RomaineHouse Tomio Fukuda (Gregory Lyon) Subcommittee

    Facilities Management Group Douglas Schafer Human Resources Per Knudsen (Lance E Lee)Membership Steven Greenberg(Alok Rakyan)

    Nominating Dieter HaberlRecreation Samuel Rogan (Michael Alfant) Subcommittee Fitness Samuel Rogan Golf John Patrick Vaughan Library Judith Ann Herd Logan Room Christa Rutter Squash Pete Juds Swim Alexander Jampel Youth Activities TBCTokyo 2020 Olympic Dean Rogers (Machi Nemoto)

    Board of GovernorsJohn Durkin (2016)Representative Governor, Mary Saphin (2016)First Vice President, Jesse Green (2016)Second Vice President, Michael Benner (2016)Hiroshi Miyamasu (2017)Treasurer, Michael Alfant (2017), Betty Butler (2017), Ginger Griggs (2017), Lance E Lee (2017), Gregory Lyon (2016), Mark Miller (2017), Machi Nemoto (2016), Alok Rakyan (2017), Jerry Rosenberg (2016), Kazuakira Nakajima (2016)Statutory Auditor

    Cover photo of Michael Gay by Benjamin Parks

    Updated for 21st-century living, King Homes Aoyama is luxury reborn.

    Discover your own regal residence today.

    Exceptional things are worth rejuvenating.

    Tel: 03-5413-5666Nishi Azabu 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyowww.kencorp.com

    International Leasing Department Real estate license: Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (6) 4372; member of Real Estate Fair Trade Council; Fudosan Ryutsu Keiei Kyokai form of transaction: brokerage

    Completion: October 1980 (renovation completion: February 2016) Access: 12 minutes walk from Omotesando Station Occupation from March 10, 2016 Structure: RC 11 stories Exclusive area: 46.5m2~180.10m2

    Monthly rent: 270,000~1,200,000 Deposit: four months rent (key money: 0) Management fee: 0 Fixed-term lease for three years

    DISCLAIMERThe tenant must purchase a householders comprehensive insurance policy.The agent bears no responsibility for mobile phone signal at the property.The actual condition of the property takes precedence over any information about its condition.Agents commission: equivalent to one months rent plus consumption tax.

    contents 2 Contacts 4 Board of Governors 5 Management 6 Events 8 The Selection 10 Wine & Dining 12 Arts & Entertainment 16 Recreation & Fitness 20 Feature 24 Six Degrees 26 Inside Japan 27 Cultural Insight 28 Event Roundup 34 Club People 36 Back Words

    FEATURE Hub of HealthAs the recently expanded

    Fitness Center prepares to

    unveil its new set of state-of-

    the-art exercise machines this

    month, a handful of Members

    explain how the Club wellness

    space and expert advice have

    helped them achieve their

    fitness goals.

    16 RECREATION & FITNESSThe Arrival of RugbyExperienced rugby coach Roy

    Yorke is set to teach Club youth

    the ins and outs of the sport

    that is taking Japan by storm.

    24 SIX DEGREESHelping Mold Young MindsMember and school counselor

    Janel Callon discusses the

    rewards of guiding students set

    on attending college abroad.

    18 RECREATION & FITNESSDesign DuoAhead of the Womens Groups

    annual Asian Home Furnishings

    Sale, two interior designers

    offer expert shopping tips.

    20

  • Follow the Club Online

    Getting in TouchDepartment/E-mail PhoneAmerican Bar & Grill (03) 4588-0676american.bg@tac-club.org

    Banquet Sales and Reservations (03) 4588-0977banquet@tac-club.org

    Beauty Salon (03) 4588-0685Bowling Center (03) 4588-0209bowling@tac-club.org

    Caf Med (03) 4588-0978cafe.med@tac-club.org

    Catering (03) 4588-0307banquet@tac-club.org

    Childcare Center (03) 4588-0701childcare@tac-club.org

    Communications (03) 4588-0262comms@tac-club.org

    CHOP Steakhouse/220 (03) 4588-0675chopsteakhouse@tac-club.org

    Engineering (03) 4588-0699eng@tac-club.org

    Finance (03) 4588-0222 acct@tac-club.org

    Fitness Center (03) 4588-0266 fitness@tac-club.org

    Food & Beverage Office (03) 4588-0245 fboffice@tac-club.org

    Foreign Traders Bar (03) 4588-0677traders.bar@tac-club.org

    Guest Studios (03) 4588-0734guest.relations@tac-club.org

    Human Resources (03) 4588-0679Information Technology (03) 4588-0690Library (03) 4588-0678library@tac-club.org

    Management Office (03) 4588-0674gmoffice@tac-club.org

    Membership Office (03) 4588-0687membership@tac-club.org

    Member Services (03) 4588-0670 tac@tac-club.org

    Pool Office (03) 4588-0700pool@tac-club.org

    Rainbow Caf (03) 4588-0705rainbow.cafe@tac-club.org

    Recreation Desk (03) 4588-0681rec@tac-club.org

    The Cellar (03) 4588-0744the.cellar@tac-club.org

    The Spa (03) 4588-0714spa@tac-club.org

    Video Library (03) 4588-0686video.library@tac-club.org

    Weddings (03) 4588-0671banquet@tac-club.org

    Womens Group Office (03) 4588-0691wg@tac-club.org

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    2 April 2016 iNTOUCH

  • For membership information,contact Mari Hori:mari.hori@tac-club.org03-4588-0687

    Tokyo American Club2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku,Tokyo 106-8649

    www.tokyoamericanclub.org

    Editor Nick Jones editor@tac-club.org

    Assistant Editor Nick Narigon

    DesignersEnrique BalducciAnna Ishizuka

    Production AssistantYuko Shiroki

    ManagementAnthony L CalaGeneral Manager

    Wayne Hunter, DirectorGMO & Membership

    Business OperationsBrian Marcus, Asst GM Business Operations

    Scott Yahiro, DirectorRecreation

    Nori Yamazaki, DirectorFood & Beverage

    Jonathan Allen, DirectorMember Services & Guest Studios

    Suranga Hettige Don, DirectorRevenue Management

    Business SupportLian Chang, Asst GM Business Support

    Darryl Dudley, DirectorEngineering

    Shuji Hirakawa, DirectorHuman Resources

    Naoto Okutsu, DirectorFinance

    Toby Lauer, DirectorInformation Technology

    Shane Busato, DirectorCommunications

    Originally from New York, Efrot Weiss is a cross-cultural corporate trainer, working with expatriates who move to Japan and Japanese who relocate overseas. Fascinated by Japanese culture, she is a keen student of Japanese ink painting. For this months regular Cultural Insight column on page 27, she learns how fellow Club Member Tanja Houwerzijl has used photography as a way to delve into and support the societies in which she has lived.

    Bill Melhorn described his first conditioning class as pure hell. Along with around 15 other people, he was guided through a series of exercises on a conditioning machine.

    Some of my compatriots were in fairly good shape, some almost as bad as me. But I was probably the worst off of the lotthe victim of 20 years of self-inflicted neglect, he wrote.

    Melhorn was writing in the October 1978 edition of the Clubs Tokyo American monthly publication, but his experience is timeless.

    More than 30 years later, the Club, with a vastly improved fitness facility and a corps of exercise experts, continues to help Members lead healthier lives, although hopefully with fewer instances of Fitness Center purgatory.

    A few decades after Melhorn tried out the new recreation center, the Club is upgrading the Fitness Center. After expanding the space by 70 square meters, the third-floor area will unveil a brand-new collection of cardio and strength-training machines this month, including some first-time p