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Contents 20 R AW TALENTS

YUUKI IDE

FOLLOW US

Four budding Club athletes take a breather from the drills and practice sessions to share their sporting dreams and determination to realize them.

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LE ADER SHIP

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DIGE ST

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AGENDA

INDEPTH

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G OV E R N A N C E

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P H OTO G R A P H Y

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CU LT U R E

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FO CU S

14 UNCHARTED TERRITORY

As the Club turns 92, the Board’s Michael Alfant discusses the decision to temporarily shutter the Club and what the future might hold.

COMMUNITY

OR AL TR ADITION

Nearly erased from history, the culture and customs of the Ainu live on in one singer’s journey to reconnect with her heritage.

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WELLNE SS

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REGISTER

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VOICE

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E S C APE

KAYO YAMAWAKI

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COVER IMAGE OF ARIANA HILL BY YUUKI IDE

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INTOUCH

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Editor Nick Jones

Representative Governor Michael Alfant (2021)

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First Vice President Jesse Green (2020)

Assistant Editor Owen Ziegler

Second Vice President Alok Rakyan (2021)

Designer Kohji Shiiki

Secretar y Kenji Ota (2021)

Designer Clara Garcia

Treasurer Michael Benner (2020)

Production Administrator Yuko Shiroki

Governors Jeffrey Behr (2021), Trista Bridges Bivens (2020), John Flanagan (2021),

GENERAL MANAGER

Anthony Moore (2020), James Mori (2020), Tetsutaro Muraki (2020), Catherine Ohura (2021), Heidi Regent (2021), Christina Siegel (2020) Statutor y Auditors Koichi Komoda (2020), Paul Kuo (2021)

Anthony L Cala

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERS Business Operations Wayne Hunter

Parentheses denote term limit.

Business Suppor t Lian Chang

CLUB COMMITTEE CHAIRS Compensation Anthony Moore Culture, Community & Enter tainment Miki Ohyama (John Flanagan)

DIRECTORS Acting Food & Beverage Suranga Hettige Don Recreation Susanna Yung

Finance Joe Moscato (Michael Benner)

Member Services Jonathan Allen

Food & Beverage Jim Weisser (James Mori)

Membership Mari Hori

House Douglas Hymas (Kenji Ota)

Finance Naoto Okutsu

Human Resources John Sasaki (Tetsutaro Muraki)

Facilities Toby Lauer

Membership Misuzu Yamada (Trista Bridges Bivens)

Human Resources Shuji Hirakawa

Nominating Ray Klein

Communications Shane Busato

Recreation Bryan Norton (Christina Siegel)

USA House & Nihonbashi Satellite Club Opening

Risk Control Sam Rogan (Catherine Ohura)

Nori Yamazaki

TAC Nihonbashi Task Force Ginger Griggs

CONTRIBUTORS

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dean Rogers (Jesse Green)

Writers

Parentheses denote Board liaison.

Bill Benfield Stirling Elmendorf

SUBCOMMITTEES

Chris Lewis

Community Relations Hideki Endo

Amanda McCready

Frederick Harris Gallery JoAnn Yoneyama

Yumiko Murakami

Golf Charles Postles

Stefan Nilsson

Squash Richard Kenny

Stefanie Rueller

Swim Nils Plett

David Runacres Yukiko Shimizu

Wine & Beverage Michael Van Zandt

Christina Siegel Lin Zhao-Printz Photographers Enrique Balducci Gabriella Finney Jeff Goldberg Yuuki Ide Julian Littler Kayo Yamawaki Illustrator Tania Vicedo

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Staying Healthy at Home WORDS CHRISTINA SIEGEL IMAGE KAYO YAMAWAKI

hose feelings of stress or anxiety you may have been feeling recently aren’t all in your mind. Well, they are, but they’re caused by a complex arrangement of chemicals in your brain and body. This arsenal of hormones helps your body to maintain your mood, energy level and alertness. In particular, our body enters a fight-orflight state in response to a perceived threat or attack. Our adrenal glands release cortisol into the body to put us on high alert. In primitive times, we ran from bears. Nowadays, we worry about bearish economies. In the current pandemic climate, it is likely that your cortisol levels are up. These levels tend to follow a daily pattern. Commonly, our mood is elevated in the morning, it dips in the afternoon and it rises again in the evening. A peak, a trough and a rebound. You might find yourself yawning in the middle of the afternoon or craving an energy-boosting coffee or sugary snack. This is normal. You don’t want a steady hormonal state. Without a fluctuating cortisol level, you would never feel motivated. Moods are an internal state, but they have external impacts. The reverse is also true. Cortisol and its effects on performance have been studied extensively. Since surgical complication rates are higher in the afternoon, many hospitals schedule routine surgeries for the morning. Research has also revealed that high school students score better when they take exams taken in the morning than in the afternoon. This kind of knowledge helps us to better manage our stress. When our cortisol levels rise, we feel a need to exercise. Since cortisol readies the body for immediate action, we can reduce its level while triggering the release of feel-good endorphins through a sweat-inducing workout. This, in turn, lowers the perception of stress. Running or playing a sport can do wonders for your mood. The Club, with its array of fitness facilities and classes, can play an important role in the management of our cortisol levels and feelings of stress. But with access to the Club and its vibrant community now restricted, it’s more important than ever that we try to stay active while self-isolating. One such way is through the series of My Club at Home fitness videos with Club instructors. Available on the Club’s YouTube channel, they’re a practical source of motivation and a reassuring connection to our community.

“BUT WITH ACCESS TO THE CLUB AND ITS VIBRANT COMMUNITY NOW RESTRICTED, IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT WE TRY TO STAY ACTIVE WHILE SELF-ISOLATING.”

Christina Siegel is a physician and Club governor.

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D I G E ST E D I TO R

Adapting to the Times

Talents in Training

WORDS ANTHONY CALA

With sports leagues, tournaments and events either postponed or canceled, athletes have been forced to get inventive to stay in shape and remain match-fit. Rooms have been repurposed into home gyms, gardens have become training fields and household items—and even children—have doubled as weights. Many f itness-minded Members have faced similar challenges in recent weeks. With this in mind, the Club launched a series of Club instructor-led fitness videos last month to keep Members motivated and connected to their fitness community. Of course, staying on top of your game can be more problematic if your chosen pursuit requires a pool, a court or a sparring partner. The four Club youngsters featured in this month’s cover story, “Raw Talents,” face just that predicament. Unlike the pros, though, these athletes also have school assignments to complete. But according to research, that side of things might well benef it from their sporting commitments. A study by two Scottish universities a few years ago found a link between exercise and academic performance among teenagers. Other research has shown that many college athletes are adept at managing busy schedules of training sessions and studies. “Their weeks are very pressurized, so top sportspeople are extremely organized, disciplined and efficient with their time, which are useful skills in the academic side of their lives,” said Stephen Baddeley, director of sport at Britain’s University of Bath, in a 2014 interview. Tournament triumphs and personal bests, it seems, can mean top-of-the-standings finishes in the classroom, too.

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M A N AG E M E N T

It was meant to be a historic year for the Club. We were all set to host the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee as USA House for the Tokyo Games in July, and we were putting the finishing touches on plans for an “Olympic zone” at the Club for Members. That once-in-a-lifetime experience would have been followed, at the end of the year, with the opening of the Club’s first-ever satellite facility, in Nihonbashi. That project is moving ahead as planned, but delays are possible under the current circumstances. The coronavirus pandemic continues to change much about the way we go about our lives. Like so much of the world, your Club and its staff have had to adapt to fast-moving events over the past few weeks. In some cases, people have assumed new roles and responsibilities. We have been innovating in how we provide our services, too. Besides offering a menu of Club favorites and bottles from The Cellar’s shelves for delivery or pickup, we have been producing videos from various areas of the Club for our YouTube channel, with more content on the way. Understanding that the Club and its community is central to the lives of so many Members, we are determined to continue providing sustenance in whatever ways we are able. Stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Club soon. Anthony Cala is the Club’s general manager. COMMUNIT Y

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Video Stars

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Kick back and enjoy the Club from the comfort of home. With the My Club at Home video series, you can still stay fit and destress with your favorite instructors. Featuring calorie-burning workouts and mindfulness yoga training, plus recipe ideas from Club chefs and kids’ storytime sessions from the Library, the series on the Club’s YouTube channel has something for fitness aficionados, foodies and bookworms of all ages—just like the Club. OZ


BOOKS

Title Tips alent, and Infinite Jest, the modern classic by David Foster Wallace.” CL

The Library shelves might be inaccessible, but that doesn’t mean the reading must stop. You can still browse periodicals from around the world through PressReader or the Library’s OverDrive digital collection, inspired, perhaps, by the recommendations of Members Lin Zhao-Printz, Chris Lewis, Stefanie Rueller and Bill Benfield. NJ “Originally published in 1965, Stoner by John Williams tells the story, in plain language, of William Stoner’s largely uneventful life as a University of Missouri academic. Between the feelings of guilt for ignoring his parents’ wishes, bitter battles with his wife and strained relations with colleagues, there are moments of light: Stoner’s love for his daughter, passion for literature and teaching and a short-lived affair. Some might find Stoner’s life sad, but I think it’s a life worth living.” LZP “What better time to crack some of those weighty tomes that we never ordinarily have time for? Interspersed

“Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa, and translated by Alison Watts, tells the heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a struggling young man, an elderly woman and a teenage girl. Set mostly in a dorayaki red-bean pancake shop, it also delves into the history of Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, in Japan. Sukegawa’s beautiful prose, especially when describing the intricate process of making bean paste, and his thoughtful character development make this a worthwhile read.” SR

with light relief from the likes of PG Wodehouse, Tom Sharpe and David Sedaris, some titles on my to-read list include George Eliot’s Middlemarch, often described as the finest novel in the English language, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, its Spanish language equiv-

“Centered on a poignant family memoir, Untold Stories is a collection of prose by British playwright, actor and broadcaster Alan Bennett. Often described in his homeland as a “national treasure,” Bennett is a trenchant and articulate observer of human foibles (his own included), yet his acerbic observations are tempered by his wry humor and deep sense of compassion.” BB

P O D C A STS

Longform Listening What goes into a 40-minute episode of Member Tim Romero’s Disrupting Japan podcast? A lot more than you might think. “On average, an episode takes me nine and a half hours to create,” explains Romero, 53, of his podcast exploring tech startups and innovation in Japan. “I read any previous interviews my guest has done and read anything they’ve written.” Well-produced podcasts may seem effortless, but it takes plenty of sweat to create content worth listening to. Romero (pictured) knows a thing or two about what makes must-listen content, so if you’re looking to spice up your workout playlist or expand your audio horizons, check out his top-five podcasts to get started. OZ

ti-hour, theater-of-the-mind approach to wars and warriors blends meticulous research with an ultra-dramatic presentation. PLANET MONEY

NPR’s economic explainer breaks down the week’s most obscure financial news in 20 minutes or less. MASTERS OF SCALE

LinkedIn cofounder Reid HoffJULIAN LITTLER man waxes on business development before stacking his ideas against IN OUR TIME the experiences of a murderers’ row of In this hourlong, weekly series from CEOs in this biweekly show. the BBC, host Melvyn Bragg and a panel of academics probe the who, what and why of historical figures, inTHE MEMORY PALACE cidents and trends. In 5- to 15-minute tidbits, award-winning American writer Nate DiMeo explores the most oddball incidents in HARDCORE HISTORY world history he can find. “Armchair historian” Dan Carlin’s mul-

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D I G E ST S PA

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Refuge of Relaxation

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DINING

With more time to yourself at home, it’s all well and good to try out some new recipes in the kitchen. But for Members like Peter Jennings, the Club’s new Feasts to Go menu of comfort foods offers all the joys of home cooking, with none of the fuss. “We have been eating steak, chicken and vegetables, Caesar salads, lasagna,” says Jennings of his past week’s lunches and dinners. “All exceptional. Of course, I snuck a burger in.” Place your order online or call 03-4588-0308 for pickup or delivery (up to 4 kilometers from the Club), between 11am and 7pm. OZ WINE

Ditching the Corkscrew

For some oenophiles, wine consumed from anything other than a glass bottle, sealed with a cork, just isn’t wine. But respected wine producers have been experimenting with everything from cans to cartons in recent years. One such firm is California’s Bota Box, whose selection of wines in 100 percent recyclable containers has caught the attention of critics. Wine Spectator marveled at the “candied green apple and pear flavors” of its Pinot Grigio. Bota’s Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 3-liter boxes (¥3,600) and Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio half-liter “minis” (¥750) are available through the online Wine Shop, with free delivery on orders over ¥10,000. NJ

Retreat. Sanctuary. Haven. Hideaway. Everyone needs a place, however spacious or snug, to unwind and recharge. For many Members, The Spa fits the bill perfectly. An escape from the relentless pace of everyday Tokyo life that leaves you feeling—and looking—reinvigorated. While currently unable to receive her regular treatment “fix,” Member Stephanie Barnes says she appreciates The Spa’s tranquil atmosphere and the professionalism of the staff. “My friends who see me the following day usually ask me why I look so refreshed and glowing,” she says of the skin-boosting effects of her favorite, hour-long ProSkin facial she receives about four times a year. Member Nargis Pasricha has been a Spa regular for nearly six years. “I have had Dermalogica facial treatments in many countries,” she says. “The Spa is among the best for its atmosphere, products and, most importantly, its professional and caring staff. It provides a wonderful service.” It’s a combination that keeps Members like Barnes booking appointments. “The Spa team is very professional and knowledgeable, so I can relax knowing my face is in the hands of those I trust,” she says. “The team keeps great records of my past treatments, so they are able to appropriately tailor treatments to my skin’s needs.” While the treatment tables lie empty for the moment, Spa patrons wait eagerly for their next dose of rest and rejuvenation. NJ

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AG E N DA

Events in May Since some Club events may be postponed or canceled due to coronavirus-related measures, please check their status on the Club website.

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Mother’s Day Bowling Treat Mom to a spin on the lanes with two free games in honor of Mother’s Day.  Bowling Center  Details online

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Mother’s Day Grand Buffet A mother’s work is never done, so say thanks by treating her to spring delicacies and free-flowing drinks at this culinary celebration of a lifetime.  11am–2pm & 4:30–8pm  New York Ballroom  Sign up online

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Winter Garden Melodies Pianist Gen Tomuro showcases his generational talent through a program of classical and contemporary compositions from Debussy, Listz, Philip Glass and more.  6–9pm  Winter Garden  Free  Details online

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Todoroki Valley & Kuhonbutsu Tour Escape into a forested gorge just 30 minutes by train from the Club and visit a Buddhist temple famed for its nine Amida Buddha statues.  9–1:20pm  Connections members: ¥3,800; non-Connections members: ¥4,200  Adults only  Details online

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Salvation Army Charity Drive Cooped up at home day after day, what kid wouldn’t grow bored of their usual pile of toys and video games? For children in the Salvation Army’s group shelters, a fraction of that luxury could mean the world. “They are strictly prohibited from going out, except for [the homes’] small gardens,” explains the Salvation Army’s Major Kazuyuki Ishikawa of the youngsters temporarily or permanently separated from their families. “At our women’s homes, some [have been] evacuated from domestic violence with their kids, with no toys or books.” On May 19, make a difference by dropping off your clean, gently used clothes, shoes, linens and other household items at the Club. Donations will be sold at the Salvation Army’s charity bazaar in Tokyo, with all proceeds going toward crucial supplies (and a few creature comforts) for children and families in need across the city. “It is exciting to know that the charity drive will still take place,” says Colonel Cheryl Maynor. “This is truly a blessing.” OZ  9–11:30am & 2–3:30pm  B1 Parking Lot  Free  Details online

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Experience the uplifting journey of one woman’s quest to rekindle her connection with her ethnic heritage in this special documentary screening. Read more about Rie Kayano’s journey on page 19.

Give your home a spring makeover at this annual Connections-organized sale of incredible interior ideas from more than 20 purveyors of furnishings, art and more.

Want to leave your friends speechless during your next Bowling Center hangout? Go from gutter balls to strikes and spares at this kid-focused clinic with one of the top pros on Japan’s lanes.

Ainu: My Voice

 7–8pm  Washington & Lincoln rooms  ¥1,500 (guests: ¥1,800)  Details online

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Décor!

 May 28 (Members only): 6–8:30pm; May 29 (open to the public): 10am–7:30pm  New York Ballroom  Details online

Kids’ Bowling Clinic

 10–11:30am  Bowling Center  ¥3,000 (guests: ¥3,600)  Ages 8–14  Details online


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Uncharted Territory The Club’s representative governor discusses the challenges for the Club amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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WORDS NICK JONES

ast month, the C lub’s Board of Governors took the unprecedented step of temporarily closing the Club to Members. The decision followed the Japanese government’s state-of-emergency declaration in the face of the growing coronavirus crisis. In the weeks before the closure, the Club had introduced a series of incremental safety measures, including Member-only access, temperature screening at all entrances and attendee limits on Club events. In the January issue of INTOUCH, Michael Alfant, the Club’s representative governor, contemplated what promised to be a momentous 2020 for the Club. A few months later, he finds himself in very different circumstances.

INTOUCH: How has the Board of Governors approached this crisis?

INTOUCH: What are the priorities for the team?

Alfant: The health and safety of Members and staff is what matters. Once those priorities have been satisfied, there is a rather precipitous gap to the next priority, which is delivering value to Members to the extent possible. Of course, there is a commercial sustainability aspect. We want the Club

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Michael Alfant

to be commercially sound, so we are thinking through some remediation on that side.

staff as safe as possible, so we’re coming up with innovative ways to deliver value to Members right now.

INTOUCH: What was the thinking behind the decision to close the Club?

INTOUCH: How tough a decision was it to close the Club?

Alfant: The decision was based almost entirely on the government’s declaration and the subsequent guidance from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The crisis response team looked at ways to keep the Club open and the decision in the end was unanimous that the only action that was responsible was for us to adhere to the suggestions made by the local and national governments. In that sense, we felt we had to close the Club. We want to keep Members and

Alfant: Very difficult. We spent quite a bit of time going through the pros and cons and we looked at options for staying open or having a partially open facility. We felt, out of a sense of responsibility and safety, that it was better to be a little bit on the conservative side here and do everything we could to mitigate the spread of the virus. INTOUCH: What is the next step?

Alfant: The crisis response team is go-

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Alfant: We created an eight-member crisis response team. Five of them are Board members—myself, Mike Benner, Kenji Ota, Alok Rakyan and Jesse Green—as well as Tony Cala, Lian Chang and Wayne Hunter, the general manager and assistant general managers. That team has been meeting either virtually or in person anywhere between two and four times a week and coming up with an approach that is balanced and focused. We then explain our decisions to the rest of the Board and garner feedback.


ing to continue meeting roughly every 72 hours to reevaluate the situation. The purpose of those meetings is to see if anything has changed sufficiently to allow us to reopen the Club or offer limited access to the Club. We have not conclusively decided to close for the duration of the state of emergency. We’re looking at this with an open mind to continue exploring ways to open up parts of the Club or functions of the Club for Members. INTOUCH: Some Members have asked whether monthly dues will be suspended for this period. What is the Board’s position on this?

INTOUCH: How challenging has this period been?

Alfant: I was president of the ACCJ [American Chamber of Commerce in Japan] on 3/11. These things are always challenging, but it’s very fortunate for me that we have such a strong executive committee, Board and management team, as well as supportive Members and staff. There are multiple dynamics that need to be balanced, such as the commercial dynamic versus the safety dynamic. Leadership is about making difficult decisions and taking responsibility for the consequences of those decisions. INTOUCH: How have your 3/11 experiences at the ACCJ helped you at this time?

Alfant: As a leader, being physically present is very important. Another thing is balance and not trying to become an instant expert. I try not to get too deep into the subject matter. Instead, I focus on what we can control. I also learned not to be paternalistic and tell people what to do. Being transparent is important, and we have established a regular cadence and tone for communications to Members.

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Alfant: The Club is a Member-owned institution and dues will remain in place to cover the costs of staff and to operate and maintain our facilities. With the support of the Finance Committee and management, the Board will continue to evaluate dues as we gain a better understanding of the impact of the crisis on our operations.

INTOUCH: Earlier this year, you stressed the importance of the Club having a sustainable and robust financial platform to deal with unforeseen circumstances. Does the Club have that kind of platform?

Alfant: We do. Depending on how long this goes on, we will have to take measures to ensure the sustainability of that platform. The Club is a business, ultimately, and there is no business on the planet that can sustain a protracted or precipitous drop in usage and revenue. We do have some financial wherewithal and we do have membership dues coming in every month. My gut feeling is when the dust settles, we will have to explain to the membership where we are financially and what the options are going forward. INTOUCH: How do you see things developing in the weeks to come?

Alfant: We’re still in the disaster response stage. During this phase, I feel the best thing we can do is to be sensitive and responsive to governmental policy and adhere to it to the extent possible. The next phase is the recovery phase. This is where you rebuild what you had but perhaps you find ways to make it better, more efficient or more valuable. After that is the post-disaster phase, where there is a

new normal. That could be far out to the future. INTOUCH: With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics now postponed until next year, where does this leave the Club’s role as USA House for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC)?

Alfant: The Olympics have been rescheduled for next July. We have not decided what that means. I don’t think the USOPC has decided yet what that means, but we have a good working relationship with them. We don’t yet know what the various governing bodies and committees will do, and when they decide, we’re happy to engage. INTOUCH: The Club was set to open its first satellite facility, in Nihonbashi, at the end of the year. What is the status of that project?

Alfant: Things are still on track, with a reasonably high probability of a delayed opening, but not a significant delay. I don’t know how this [crisis] will turn out, but I have a lot of confidence in our Club community and Japanese society to push forward and emerge stronger.  Check the Keeping Your Club Safe webpage for regular Club updates and developments.

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I N D E P T H | P H OTO G R A P H Y

Shooting the City Camera-toting Members share their favorite images of the city they call home.

Yumiko Murakami

“Located between my home in Moto Azabu and my office in Hibiya, Zojoji is my favorite spot on my daily commute. Its spacious grounds host several impressive Buddhist structures and you can roam around them freely. The temple’s big bell is not to be missed, especially when it is tolled twice a day, at 5am and 5pm. The morning one is a bit unrealistic for me to hear but strolling through the temple at 5pm makes me nostalgic for my hometown, Matsue, an ancient samurai town full of old temples and shrines. Zojoji is also a neat spot to enjoy cherry blossoms, as the sakura trees perfectly complement Tokyo Tower.”

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hotography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures,” legendary British photographer Don McCullin once said. It’s a sentiment shared by Magnum lensman David Alan Harvey, who urges the young photographers he mentors to “shoot what it feels like.” Tokyo, with its mesmerizing pastiche of architectural, cultural and human life, provides endless inspiration for photographers looking to capture an essence of the world’s most populous city. Here, five Club shutterbugs, some professional, some passionate hobbyists, share a Tokyo scene and the feelings it evokes for them.

David Runacres

“I took this last year just as the sakura was coming to an end and the ground was beginning to be carpeted in pink. I live in the apartment building in the background and look down on this little temple—Yusenji in Akasaka—and its beautiful cherry trees. The monk is a real character and is often entertaining children in the grounds. He also has a big collection of cats, one of whom is a spectator here. While many see the end of the cherry blossom season as something of a finale, this child was squealing with joy to be carried around the shrine while the pink petals ‘snowed’ around her. I love the simplicity of the photo and the fact that it could only be in Tokyo, and even more because it’s a view I see every day.”

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Stirling Elmendorf

“This image of Tokyo is special for me because of the peaceful calmness it projects. This huge city’s ability to be so quiet is what really appeals to me. Tokyo Tower must be the most photographed icon in this amazing city, but it has such a grounding quality. The warm color of the tower contrasts subtly with the cool, quiet neighborhood surrounding it, with the bay, sky and buildings all bathed in early evening light. I find it profoundly relaxing to look at. Every time I come back to this image, I find something new: a detail, a temple, a classic hotel. There is so much history and infrastructure, so many dreams and so much silence.”

Yukiko Shimizu

“This photo was shot in Shinjuku in the heat of summer. Tokyo to me is a mix of confusion and stillness. It appears chaotic and destructive, but it has an abiding beauty. Layers of memories overlap and disappear.”

Amanda McCready

“I’m not a morning person and my least favorite season is winter, but I have learned to love waking up on crisp January mornings in Tokyo. Daybreak coincides with my alarm for most of the month and each day is a spectacle to behold. Equally as magnificent are the evenings, with Tokyo Tower standing tall over the twinkling lights that blanket the city. Each morning and night as I look out the window, I am filled with gratitude for the people, the beauty, the small shops, the history and so many other blessings that make each day in Tokyo so special.”

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Rie Kayano (left)

Oral Tradition

A traditional Ainu vocalist describes life as a member of an ethnic minority in Japan and her work to keep old ways alive. WORDS OWEN ZIEGLER

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he’s Ainu! She’s Ainu!” her classmates jeered. Later at home, through tears, Rie Kayano told her mother she didn’t understand why she was being bullied. Kayano’s mother urged her to challenge her tormentors and to be proud of her heritage. “Until elementary school, I didn’t even know there was a difference between Ainu and Wajin,” says Kayano, 32, using the term for Japan’s ethnic Yamato people. Despite assumptions about homogeneity, the Japanese archipelago is home to at least four indigenous ethnicities, including the Yamato majority. But the genetic and cultural distinctness of Ryukyuans in modern-day Okinawa and the Ainu of Hokkaido highlight a different reality of what it is to be Japanese. So why do the Ainu only number between 25,000 and 200,000 today?

When the Meiji government sought to expand its northern borders in the late 1800s, the aggressive colonization of Ainu lands, suppression of Ainu arts and language and forced relocations of Ainu communities led a contemporary Canadian-American scientist working in the area to a chillingly familiar conclusion: “The relations of the Ainu to the Japanese were and are precisely those of the American Indian to the European.” “There are a lot of Ainu today who don’t know anything about Ainu culture,” says Kayano, who features in a documentary about her international journey to rekindle Ainu culture. Ainu: My Voice screens at the Club this month. Compared to many, Kayano is lucky. From a young age, her family instilled in her a love for traditional Ainu dance. A scholarship from Sapporo University allowed her to study Ainu history and culture in a way few Japanese ever do.

Today, when Kayano is not managing a guesthouse on the southern coast of Hokkaido or caring for her young daughter, she immerses herself in the fast-disappearing tradition of Ainu folk song. “Melody, story and tone are all important [in traditional Ainu songs],” says Kayano of the unmistakable, undulating timbre of Ainu vocals. “Vibrato and kobushi [sudden pitch changes] are characteristics, too.” As the granddaughter-in-law of legendary modern Ainu leader Shigeru Kayano, she is conscious of the nuanced place Ainu people and culture occupy in modern society. Though overt oppression may be a thing of the past, the conversation over Japan’s ethnic minorities still lags behind the ideal. “Articles about Ainu are usually, ‘Yes, you’ve suffered discrimination, but now you’ve got your self-confidence back and have a chance to spread Ainu culture,’” Kayano says. “When they say ‘Ainu,’ it’s always simple stories like that.” But Kayano is a vocalist, unique in style and substance. Who better then to share the story of the Ainu people— in all its glorious complexity? AINU: MY VOICE  May 28  7–8pm  Washington & Lincoln rooms  ¥1,500 (guests: ¥1,800)  Details online

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R “NEXT YEAR, OUR TEAM IS GOING TO WIN.” –Kazuho Takashima

Kazuho Takashima

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From three-point sharpshooters to decorated grapplers, the Club’s cadre of young athletes proves that champions come in all forms. WORDS OWEN ZIEGLER IMAGES YUUKI IDE

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ll work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But who’s drawing the line between business and pleasure? Poke your head into the Sky Pool or Gymnasium sometime and you might find more than a few Jacks and Jills who want nothing more than an extra hour of drills, fresh feedback from a coach or one more shot at proving themselves in competition. But this shouldn’t come as any surprise. After all, the Club’s adult membership is peppered with former Olympians, one-time college standouts and ex-elite athletes. And now the combination of stellar sports facilities and experienced instructors at the Club is helping to produce a crop of young rising stars. MAKING IT RAIN

It was only Kazuho Takashima’s second-ever time playing in a real basketball tournament with the Club’s TAC Eagles junior squad.

Surveying the competition, the 8-year-old saw plenty of players his age from schools scattered around the Club’s home ward of Minato. Sure, the 1.2-meter-tall Kazuho was a little nervous, but it’s not the size of the dog in the fight. Kazuho’s 11 points and seven assists in the Eagles’ first game of the tournament secured the team a “w” in the standings and provided the youngster with a shot of self-esteem. “Now, basketball is more about shooting, not height,” the young Member says of basketball’s once-ironclad maxim. “If I work on my shooting, maybe I can go to the NBA.” Kazuho made his first basket at the Club back in 2016. He’s been hooked ever since. When he’s not chatting about basketball with schoolmates, at home watching pro highlights on YouTube or heading to the Club for practice five days a week (plus private shooting, dribbling and footwork sessions with Eagles’ coach Dan Weiss), Kazuho is doing everything he can to get an edge on the competition—however taller they might be. “On weekdays, I only get to practice two to three hours,” says Kazuho. “I can play for six or seven, though.” When Weiss first met “Kaz,” he says his young student was a little trigger-happy. But it soon became clear that Kazuho was absorbing every pointer and game tip and making real strides toward becoming a more complete player. “You can tell the kids who love the sport,” Weiss says. “They’re putting in their time and doing it the right way.” Last summer, Kazuho got a taste of basketball’s biggest stage when the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets squared off for a preseason exhibition game at Saitama Super Arena. After seeing the world’s top ballers in person, Kazuho has decided he’d rather not play alongside Houston forward James Harden when his big break comes. “He never passes!” says Kazuho, cheekily, of the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player. “But he might pass to me because I’m a good shooter.” It’s apparent that Kazuho has already perfected the skill every three-point specialist needs: confidence. “Next year [at the Minato tournament],” Kazuho declares, “our team is going to win.”

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Shunsaku Kariyazono

STROKE STRATEGY

“I LIKE GETTING TOLD WHAT WAS POSITIVE AND WHAT WASN’T. IT’S GOOD TO ANALYZE YOURSELF.” –Shunsaku Kariyazono

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Shunsaku Kariyazono took New Year’s Day off. The following morning, though, it was time to get back to work. It was his first match of the British Junior Open in Birmingham, England, and the 11-yearold knew it’d be a tough test. Since moving up to junior squash’s under-13 division last autumn, Shunsaku had made a clean sweep of the Japanese, Chinese and Korean tournaments. The open would be his first time squaring off in a European competition against older and more experienced opponents. “I used to be quite an aggressive player, but now I kind of changed my playing style,” says Shunsaku. “Being patient [on the court] is really important now.” By the end of the preliminary rounds five days later, Shunsaku had defeated opponents from the host country, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic for an even record of three wins and three losses.

A fourth consecutive title wasn’t in the cards, and Shunsaku was keen to figure out exactly where his game had let him down. “I want [to know] everything about my matches,” the Tokyo native says. “I like getting told what was positive and what wasn’t. It’s good to analyze yourself.” When he’s not attending classes at Millf ield Prep School, in southwest England, Shunsaku trains with the prestigious school’s band of young athletes, with special instruction from Ian Thomas, Millfield’s director of squash. “[Shunsaku has] an attention to detail that’s very unusual in junior squash players,” says Thomas. “Shunsaku practices, discusses and watches video footage and practices again, with hunger.” Perhaps that’s why Shunsaku is currently ranked seventh among under-13s in Asia. He’s also the top-ranked junior in all of Japan. “Shunsaku understands that this is a journey,” says Thomas. “His resilience is becoming one of his strongest assets.” And like any would-be pro, Shunsaku knows there are no shortcuts to the top. “It’s really good to just continue [what you’ve been doing],” he says. “It’s always good to work hard.”


MIGHT ON THE MAT

Noah Leibowitz could hardly believe his team had made it to the finals. An even bigger shock was his opponent: a female judoka who, several months prior, had beaten Noah with little effort. “It was like my revenge match,” says Noah, 12, of the decisive bout at the 2019 Maruchan All-Japan Judo Championships. As soon as the match started in Tokyo’s Budokan arena, judo’s spiritual home, Noah was nearly grabbed by the collar of his heavy cotton judogi uniform. As the pair grappled with one another, Noah managed to seize hold of his bigger opponent’s sleeve. “I was, like, ‘I’m not going to let go,’” Noah recalls. Noah planted a foot behind his opponent for an osoto gari throw. The 10,000-strong crowd roared. But his rival turned her hips against him. Noah quickly dropped low for an over-the-shoulder throw and pinned her to the mat. He was oblivious to the din in the cavernous indoor stadium. “I just thought, ‘I’ll never hold onto someone this hard in my whole, entire life.’” Ten seconds later, it was over. The victory meant a championship for Noah’s dojo and the

Noah Leibowitz

tournament’s MVP award, an accolade historically won by future judo grandmasters. Noah’s winning ways aren’t restricted to judo, either. He is also an age-group national champion in Western-style wrestling. There’s little doubt Noah is a prodigious athletic talent, and neither he nor his father, Member David Leibowitz, shy away from discussing potential Olympic glory down the road. “If [Noah is] going to do this or anything else,” says Leibowitz, 52, “then he’s going to try his hardest because all those other people he’s competing against are trying their best, too.” Ask Noah and he’ll say that half of the battle in wrestling and judo is the sheer physicality of even the lightest training session. Cut one corner between now and the future, he knows, and you’re flat on the mat. “There’s no BS in the training,” Noah says. “No excuses. If you’re going to do it, you have to do it with all of your might.”

“IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT WITH ALL OF YOUR MIGHT.” –Noah Leibowitz

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FITTER, FASTER, STRONGER

Last spring, Ariana Hill’s competitive swimming career reached a new peak. Despite false-starting in her first event at New Zealand’s 2019 national championships, the then-13year-old sprinter mustered the grit and focus to finish first in her age group in the 100-meter breaststroke finals. It was a thrilling milestone, and she spent the following 12 months training both at the Club and in pools and competitions across Tokyo for another landmark moment: a successful defense of her national title at the 2020 tournament. “When we heard [the national championship] was canceled, it was a bummer,” admits Ariana, 14, of receiving the news two weeks before she was due to burst off the starting blocks in Wellington. “But then we just kept on training.” After digesting the disappointing update, Ariana returned to the Club’s swim team coach, Simon Hadlow, for direction on how to stay oriented in the current circumstances. Core strength and flexibility training may take precedence until the Sky Pool reopens, but Ariana’s mental fortitude, a key component of thriving under the pressure of elite-level competition, also stands to benefit.

Ariana Hill

“The positive from this is that athletes like Ariana will improve their time management and become more self-motivated and self-disciplined,” says Hadlow. “We just have to adjust to the current climate until we can get back to normal.” In the meantime, Ariana will follow a familiar routine. “Ariana knows the cycle: train, improve, compete, succeed, repeat,” says Hadlow. The world might be mired in uncertainty, but the young swimmer has only one thing on her mind. “I’m not looking up the news or anything like that,” Ariana says. “I just want to beat my best times and leave it all in the pool.”

“I JUST WANT TO BEAT MY BEST TIMES AND LEAVE IT ALL IN THE POOL.” –Ariana Hill

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Pulling Power Member Lewis Pinault explains why the sport of rowing is so much more than messing about in boats. IMAGE KAYO YAMAWAKI

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s an undergraduate at MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology], where a fraternity brother was a rower, I was hugely impressed by the two crazy workouts a day and how his fitness constantly improved. The first time I stepped into a boat, I realized how utterly terrifying they can be. Single sculls are paper-thin, lightweight and can feel designed to capsize. They require the two oars to balance them and you can feel reluctant to move them at all. But I completed a three-month course and, from time to time, we had the chance to row in crews of two, four and eight. Thereafter, I neglected rowing over the years, but always in the back of my mind was this joy of being part of a crew. When it’s balanced and people are in synch, the boat becomes this monster plowing through the water. The sensation is like floating but with incredible speed and momentum.

Lewis Pinault

After moving to London about 15 years ago, we lived briefly by this idyllic overlook of the River Thames, and I would see these crew boats going by. I was excited to discover Twickenham Rowing Club, one of the founding Thames clubs, was welcoming new and experienced rowers for all levels of training and competition. I got a taste for going into the clubhouse and dragging out a boat with men and women of mixed ages with different jobs and hours, and somehow turning that into a crew each time. After a point, I found myself maneuvering work projects around the rowing, settling into a dedicated crew and training for masters competitions. At Twickenham, I met a brilliant coach, Kosta Kolimechkov, an Olympic-class rower for the Bulgarian national team. He introduced me to intensive rowing machine workouts and the benefits of logging the results in increments of power and endurance. When I was peaking in performance, we had a mixed quad crew that competed in the UK national championships and placed third. Then, when I moved back to Japan about two and a half years ago, I found myself naturally drawn to the rowing machines at the Club. Even far from the water, you can synch an app to the

machine and build and capture your performance, stroke by stroke. Not overly high impact, rowing is a lifelong, whole-body sport. A lot of it is about posture and balance, so anything you can do to strengthen core muscles and build flexibility is very helpful. In my work with Airbus Ventures, with the hours crossing all time zones, rowing definitely helps me stay mentally and physically alert. When I started rowing with regularity at the Club, I met Hideaki [Hongo]. He’s an outstanding trainer who doesn’t push too hard but has very high expectations. We first developed routines for overcoming minor injuries and regaining flexibility, then we focused on anaerobic stamina and power. The results are better reach, suppleness and power. I feel ready to race again. MIT provided me with the appetite and the sense of romance for rowing. London gave me the skill, the training, the compatriots and the immersion in rowing culture. Rowing has given me fitness, focus, connectedness and, on the water, camaraderie. I still carry a bit of that into the machine. I hope we can involve more people at the Club and discover some of that together. As told to INTOUCH’s Nick Jones.

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have never been much of a trendsetter. But in recent months, I have found myself suddenly and unexpectedly to be on trend. It feels strange. The coronavirus pandemic has forced changes onto both organizations and their employees. Now many people around the world are working at home in the name of self-isolation and social distancing. I am far ahead of the pack. For nearly a decade now, I have been working remotely, mainly in my beloved home office. It suits me very well. I certainly don’t miss my daily commute on the notoriously packed Denentoshi line, a twice-a-day feature of my early working life in Tokyo. I also don’t miss spending most of my working days in seemingly unnecessary internal meetings. Or the related office politics. In my home office, I can get my work done as I see fit, rather than following someone else’s idea of how, where and when tasks should be completed. One of the real advantages of working from home is that you don’t necessarily have to be there. With the Club

only a 10-minute walk away, it’s the place I go to hold meetings and when I need to be around people. Sometimes I take a little trip to my weekend place on the coast and work from there, taking in the view of the palm tree-lined boardwalk below and Mount Fuji in the distance. Remote working means I can base myself anywhere I fancy. Wherever I lay my hat is where I work. So long as I have a comfortable spot to sit, with access to decent coffee, I can get on with my job. This past winter, I spent time working from a ski resort in Niigata (admittedly, I did hit the slopes and enjoy the local hot springs as well). As someone who was once admonished for not wearing a tie in a meeting (yes, I admit it, I was an investment banker), I am very content with my home office’s nonexistent dress code. My battle dress of choice is relaxed. Sure, occasionally I need to suit up for a meeting, but most days I’m attired in chinos and a carefully selected rock band tee.

Like hats, working from home is not for everyone. Some people are wired in a such way that they require a rigid work structure. They need to don a work uniform and be in an office for specified hours. Will the teleworking trend prevail in the long term? Who knows? Hopefully, more organizations and people will see the advantages of a more flexible approach to work. Should remote working become the new normal, at least partially, society as a whole will benefit. Besides the reduced congestion on roads and public transport and improved productivity, more people will enjoy a healthier balance to their lives. Remote working faces some resistance as—unlike in many offices—employees working at home have nowhere to hide. Inefficient, lazy and incompetent staff will quickly be revealed and simply won’t survive this evolution. While their jobs disappear, I will go about my business, proudly refusing to be a cubicle monkey. Stefan Nilsson is a Club Member.

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Tokyo American Club's Monthly Member Magazine

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Tokyo American Club's Monthly Member Magazine

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