INTOUCH Magazine

A Club for the Ages INDEPTH | FOCUS

A Club for the Ages

As Tokyo American Club celebrates its 90th birthday this month, a number of Members reflect on what the Club means to them.

On May 15, 1928, an American icon was born. Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse made his first appearance during a test screening in Hollywood. The cartoon failed to obtain distribution.

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Lasting Ties Honorary President

Lasting Ties

The Club’s 90th anniversary presents an opportunity to reflect on my varied and lasting relationship with Japan and the US-Japan partnership writ large.

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Birthday Brew INDEPTH | Sake

Birthday Brew

Premier sake brand Hakkaisan releases a commemorative sake for the Club’s 90th birthday.

Sake is much more than a drink in Japan. For hundreds of years, the rice-based alcohol has been an integral part of customs, sacred Shinto rituals and ceremonies. It has been used to mark seasons, pledge friendships, ward off evil spirits and celebrate milestones.

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Sharing History INDEPTH | Reflections

Sharing History

Born the same year as the Club, longtime Member Clara Yonemoto looks back on a life touched by war, travel and the Club.

In the summer of 1928, when average temperatures were a full degree cooler, Yoshie “Clara” Yonemoto was born 5 kilometers north of the American Club’s inaugural Yurakucho quarters.

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