Tokyo American Club Nihonbashi was officially unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 30.
"It is with pride and pleasure that Tokyo American Club joins with Mitsui Fudosan in opening our new Tokyo American Club facility in historic Nihonbashi," said Michael Benner, the Club's representative governor, in a speech at the opening event. "We are confident that it will serve our Members well and contribute to the dynamic growth of this wonderful Nihonbashi area."
The Nihonbashi Club, which opened its doors to Members on March 31, represents the Club's first-ever satellite facility in its 93-year history.
The weekday hub features a restaurant, bar and lounge, private dining room, fitness area and access to a VIP conference space.
While the Nihonbashi Club has its own separate membership, its facilities are also open to adult Members of the Azabudai Club.
Photo (l–r): Michael Benner, Club governor Michael Alfant, TAC Nihonbashi Task Force chair Ginger Griggs and Nihonbashi Managing Director Noriaki Yamazaki
The Club will open its first-ever satellite hub, in the Tokyo district of Nihonbashi, on March 31.
Located on the sixth floor of Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower, Tokyo American Club Nihonbashi features a restaurant, bar and lounge, private dining room, fitness center and access to a VIP area.
"The site is looking fantastic. Club Members have a lot to look forward to," says Daishi Yoshimoto, the architect behind the clubhouse's impressive design.
The Nihonbashi Club can be used by both Members of the Azabudai Club and Nihonbashi-only Members.
The adults-only facility will be open on weekdays, from 6am to 11pm.
The Club has made The BoardRoom magazine's list of top private clubs for a third time.
It was named as an Iconic Distinguished Club by the California-based Association of Private Club Directors.
Distinguished Clubs is an award program that recognizes private clubs that provide exceptional member experience.
Iconic status is bestowed on clubs with "good standing" that were founded at least 75 years ago.
Participating clubs are evaluated by a team of industry specialists.
The Club is the only Distinguished Club outside the United States.
The Club's Connections group plans to donate ¥5 million to local charities in 2021.
In a year that has seen the Covid-19 pandemic decimate economies, many nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the increased demand on their services.
"Without the support of Connections, these organizations cannot fully support all of the pressing needs in our broader community," says Connections President Heidi Regent. "The pandemic has sharply cut into their funding and financial stability."
Regent says Connections selected charities particularly affected by the crisis, such as Second Harvest Japan food bank, Sanyukai homeless shelter, TELL counseling services and Resilience, a women's support group.
"Charity is one of our three pillars at Connections," she says. "We recognize our own abundant blessings and take great pride in helping those less fortunate in Tokyo."
At the first Board meeting following the AGM, Michael Benner was selected to serve as representative governor for a one-year term.
In other Board positions, Sam Rogan and Trista Bridges Bivens were named first and second vice president, respectively, with Jeffrey Behr taking up the role of secretary and Kenji Ota as treasurer.
Trista Bridges Bivens
Dean R Rogers
In this year's Board election, 713 Voting Members cast their ballot.