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<ul><li><p>TOKYO</p><p> AM</p><p>ERICAN</p><p> CLUB</p><p>iN</p><p>TO</p><p>UC</p><p>HIssue 612 A</p><p>pril 2016</p><p>April 2016</p><p>T O K Y O A M E R I C A N C L U B</p><p>HOW THE CLUB IS HELPING MEMBERS LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES</p><p>TAC K L E S A N D T R I E SYoung Members take up rugby</p><p>SOU T H E R N D E L I G H T S French and US flavors at the Club</p><p>I N T E R I O R I D E A SAsian furnishings extravaganza</p><p>TOKYO</p><p> AM</p><p>ERICAN</p><p> CLUB</p><p> i</p><p>NT</p><p>OU</p><p>CH</p><p>Issue 612 April 2016</p><p>April 2016</p><p>T O K Y O A M E R I C A N C L U B</p><p>HOW THE CLUB IS HELPING MEMBERS LEAD HEALTHIER LIVES</p><p>TAC K L E S A N D T R I E SYoung Members take up rugby</p><p>SOU T H E R N D E L I G H T S French and US flavors at the Club</p><p>I N T E R I O R I D E A SAsian furnishings extravaganza</p><p>FITTER STRONGER</p></li><li><p>Updated for 21st-century living, King Homes Aoyama is luxury reborn. </p><p>Discover your own regal residence today.</p><p>Exceptional things are worth rejuvenating. </p><p>Tel: 03-5413-5666Nishi Azabu 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyowww.kencorp.com</p><p>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</p><p> 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 </p><p> Monthly rent: 270,000~1,200,000 Deposit: four months rent (key money: 0) Management fee: 0 Fixed-term lease for three years</p><p>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.</p></li><li><p>Club Committees</p><p>Compensation Mark MillerCulture, Community &amp; Entertainment Dan Smith (Ginger Griggs) Subcommittee</p><p> Culture &amp; Community TBC Entertainment TBC Frederick Harris Gallery Yumiko Sai Video Library Diane HarrisFinance Rodney Nussbaum (Hiroshi Miyamasu)</p><p>Food &amp; Beverage Matt Krcelic(Jerry Rosenberg) Subcommittee Wine Stephen RomaineHouse Tomio Fukuda (Gregory Lyon) Subcommittee</p><p> Facilities Management Group Douglas Schafer Human Resources Per Knudsen (Lance E Lee)Membership Steven Greenberg(Alok Rakyan)</p><p>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)</p><p>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</p><p>Cover photo of Michael Gay by Benjamin Parks</p><p>Updated for 21st-century living, King Homes Aoyama is luxury reborn. </p><p>Discover your own regal residence today.</p><p>Exceptional things are worth rejuvenating. </p><p>Tel: 03-5413-5666Nishi Azabu 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyowww.kencorp.com</p><p>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</p><p> 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 </p><p> Monthly rent: 270,000~1,200,000 Deposit: four months rent (key money: 0) Management fee: 0 Fixed-term lease for three years</p><p>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.</p><p> contents 2 Contacts 4 Board of Governors 5 Management 6 Events 8 The Selection 10 Wine &amp; Dining 12 Arts &amp; Entertainment 16 Recreation &amp; Fitness 20 Feature 24 Six Degrees 26 Inside Japan 27 Cultural Insight 28 Event Roundup 34 Club People 36 Back Words</p><p>FEATURE Hub of HealthAs the recently expanded </p><p>Fitness Center prepares to </p><p>unveil its new set of state-of-</p><p>the-art exercise machines this </p><p>month, a handful of Members </p><p>explain how the Club wellness </p><p>space and expert advice have </p><p>helped them achieve their </p><p>fitness goals.</p><p>16 RECREATION &amp; FITNESSThe Arrival of RugbyExperienced rugby coach Roy </p><p>Yorke is set to teach Club youth </p><p>the ins and outs of the sport </p><p>that is taking Japan by storm.</p><p>24 SIX DEGREESHelping Mold Young MindsMember and school counselor </p><p>Janel Callon discusses the </p><p>rewards of guiding students set </p><p>on attending college abroad.</p><p>18 RECREATION &amp; FITNESSDesign DuoAhead of the Womens Groups </p><p>annual Asian Home Furnishings </p><p>Sale, two interior designers </p><p>offer expert shopping tips.</p><p>20</p></li><li><p>Follow the Club Online</p><p>Getting in TouchDepartment/E-mail PhoneAmerican Bar &amp; Grill (03) 4588-0676american.bg@tac-club.org</p><p>Banquet Sales and Reservations (03) 4588-0977banquet@tac-club.org</p><p>Beauty Salon (03) 4588-0685Bowling Center (03) 4588-0209bowling@tac-club.org</p><p>Caf Med (03) 4588-0978cafe.med@tac-club.org</p><p>Catering (03) 4588-0307banquet@tac-club.org</p><p>Childcare Center (03) 4588-0701childcare@tac-club.org</p><p>Communications (03) 4588-0262comms@tac-club.org</p><p>CHOP Steakhouse/220 (03) 4588-0675chopsteakhouse@tac-club.org</p><p>Engineering (03) 4588-0699eng@tac-club.org</p><p>Finance (03) 4588-0222 acct@tac-club.org</p><p>Fitness Center (03) 4588-0266 fitness@tac-club.org</p><p>Food &amp; Beverage Office (03) 4588-0245 fboffice@tac-club.org</p><p>Foreign Traders Bar (03) 4588-0677traders.bar@tac-club.org</p><p>Guest Studios (03) 4588-0734guest.relations@tac-club.org</p><p>Human Resources (03) 4588-0679Information Technology (03) 4588-0690Library (03) 4588-0678library@tac-club.org</p><p>Management Office (03) 4588-0674gmoffice@tac-club.org</p><p>Membership Office (03) 4588-0687membership@tac-club.org</p><p>Member Services (03) 4588-0670 tac@tac-club.org</p><p>Pool Office (03) 4588-0700pool@tac-club.org </p><p>Rainbow Caf (03) 4588-0705rainbow.cafe@tac-club.org</p><p>Recreation Desk (03) 4588-0681rec@tac-club.org</p><p>The Cellar (03) 4588-0744the.cellar@tac-club.org</p><p>The Spa (03) 4588-0714spa@tac-club.org</p><p>Video Library (03) 4588-0686video.library@tac-club.org</p><p>Weddings (03) 4588-0671banquet@tac-club.org</p><p>Womens Group Office (03) 4588-0691wg@tac-club.org</p><p>facebook.com/tokyoamericanclub</p><p>twitter.com/TACtokyo</p><p>youtube.com/user/TokyoAmericanClubTV</p><p>instagram.com/tokyoamericanclub</p><p>2 April 2016 iNTOUCH</p></li><li><p>For membership information,contact Mari Hori:mari.hori@tac-club.org03-4588-0687</p><p>Tokyo American Club2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku,Tokyo 106-8649</p><p>www.tokyoamericanclub.org</p><p>Editor Nick Jones editor@tac-club.org</p><p>Assistant Editor Nick Narigon</p><p>DesignersEnrique BalducciAnna Ishizuka</p><p>Production AssistantYuko Shiroki</p><p>ManagementAnthony L CalaGeneral Manager</p><p>Wayne Hunter, DirectorGMO &amp; Membership</p><p>Business OperationsBrian Marcus, Asst GM Business Operations</p><p>Scott Yahiro, DirectorRecreation</p><p>Nori Yamazaki, DirectorFood &amp; Beverage</p><p>Jonathan Allen, DirectorMember Services &amp; Guest Studios</p><p>Suranga Hettige Don, DirectorRevenue Management</p><p>Business SupportLian Chang, Asst GM Business Support</p><p>Darryl Dudley, DirectorEngineering</p><p>Shuji Hirakawa, DirectorHuman Resources</p><p>Naoto Okutsu, DirectorFinance</p><p>Toby Lauer, DirectorInformation Technology</p><p>Shane Busato, DirectorCommunications</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Melhorn was writing in the October 1978 edition of the Clubs Tokyo American monthly publication, but his experience is timeless.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 pieces of equipment.</p><p>In this months cover story, Hub of Health, a number of Members explain how the Fitness Center and its team of trainers have supported and encouraged them in the pursuit of their fitness goals. </p><p>Melhorn referred to the source of his pain as a marvelous contraption, but a hard taskmaster. No pain, no gain, as his instructor at the time might have said. </p><p>If you have any comments about anything you read in iNTOUCH, please e-mail them to editor@tac-club.org, putting Letter to the Editor in the subject title of the mail. </p><p>Canadian Tim Hornyak has written for the likes of tech newswire IDG News, Wired News, Scientific American, the Far Eastern Economic Review and CBS Interactives popular CNET News website. He is the author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots and has coauthored Lonely Planet guidebooks on Japan. In this issue, he speaks to British anthropologist Tom Gill about his new book (page 14) and longtime racehorse breeder and Member Kazuo Fujii (page 26).</p><p>from the editor</p><p>contributors</p><p>Efrot Weiss</p><p>Tim Hornyak</p><p>Advertise in iNTOUCHExplore the Clubs range of advertising possibilities by talking to the Clubs exclusive advertising agency, Custom Media.</p><p>Robert Heldt (President) Simon Farrell (Publisher) </p><p>advertising@tac-club.org | 03-4540-7730 | www.custom-media.com</p><p>3</p></li><li><p>The challenges of living in Japan with celiac disease are abundant. Celiac (comically pronounced by my kids as silly yak) disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder in which the immune system reacts to gluten, a collective name for a type of protein found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. The lining of the small intestine becomes damaged as the gluten proteins prompt the body to attack the small intestine.</p><p>Celiac disease appears to be rare in Japan, in contrast to at least 1 in 133 American sufferers. In Europe, an estimated 1 percent of adults and children have the disease, which affects people of northern European descent, in particular. This all translates to between 0.6 and 1 percent of the worlds population, and rates of celiac disease have nearly doubled in the last 25 years in Western countries.</p><p>Treatment for the disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free (GF) diet. As 30 percent of celiac disease patients may develop a malignancy, such as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, adhering to a GF diet is critical. Cross-contamination is always a potential problem, so GF foods have to be prepared with separate utensils.</p><p>GF food is around 2.5 times more expensive than regular items. Each year, American families affected by celiac disease collectively spend $150 million on gluten-free foodstuffs. GF foods in Japan tend to be restricted to the bigger stores and cost almost four times more </p><p>Gluten-Free Livingby Betty ButlerGovernor</p><p>than in the United States. Since GF bread is typically terrible, my husband bought me a bread maker that makes bread from rice. Its pretty darn good but takes four hours to make a small loaf.</p><p>Celiac disease is not particularly well known in Japan. I carry a card that explains my dietary restrictions in both Japanese and Chinese. Handing this card to a server often results in a horrified look then a dash back to the kitchen. On many occasions, I have had to make do with plain rice. I make sure to keep my GF soy sauce handy, especially for our sushi Sundays with our Japanese friends, Miho and Ben. A Japanese friend bought me a bottle of GF soy sauce that was heavily discounted because the shop couldnt sell it.</p><p>Being gluten-intolerant makes many social events and the associated set menus tough. In Japan, it means not being able to pop out for ramen or soba noodles (soba is buckwheat, but wheat flour is used to ensure the noodles dont stick together). Tempura is also a no-no, as are all the beautiful-looking cakes. When a Japanese friend serves tea, I have to make sure it is not barley tea, another toxin to my body.</p><p>The Club offers GF bread and pasta options, which is hugely welcomed. This means I can relax and feel safe when enjoying a meal here. When Im not at the Club, I depend on my trusty GF soy sauce, translation card, a GF granola bar and a little bit of hope. o</p><p>4 April 2016 iNTOUCH</p><p>BOARD OF GOVERNORS</p></li><li><p>As a native New Zealander who has lived in Japan since 1989, I was never really fazed by earthquakes. At times, I feigned disinterest when visitors who didnt grow up on the Pacific Ring of Fire were distressed by the shakes, rattles and rolls.</p><p>On my second day of work at the Club, March 11, 2011, my nonchalant attitude was abruptly halted by seismic events hundreds of kilometers north of Tokyo. The Club marked the fifth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami last month with a minutes silence.</p><p>Our Club became a well-needed source of support for the Membership and for many directly affected by the disaster. On that tragic day, many Members and their families, unable to return home, spent the night at the Club. In the immediate aftermath, many more sought advice and information as the emergency at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima unfolded.</p><p>In the following days, weeks and months, the Club community donated money, food, clothing and other essential items to Tohoku. The Womens Group led English workshops and held musical programs for schoolchildren in Fukushima City. Earlier this year, a group of Fukushima schoolchildren visited the Club to say thank you in person and enjoy a homestay weekend with Members. </p><p>The Club also watched a number of Members depart Japan, some temporarily, others for good. Still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis, </p><p>the Club saw the inbound expat stream further slow to a trickle.</p><p>All this came at a time when we had just moved into our stunning, new home in Azabudai. The weakened membership situation was compounded by the Clubs redevelopment loan and the related viability tests for the Club. Thankfully, several well-executed Member recruitment...</p></li></ul>