03 Jul 2015

Club Set for July Fourth

The Club is gearing up for its annual Independence Day Celebration on July Fourth.

The all-day event, which is expected to draw hundreds of Members and guests, kicks off with a morning Fun Run/Walk, led by Olympic gold medalist and Member Koji Murofushi.

Other organized activities include a basketball tournament and street b-ball demonstration, kids' games, a ceremony attended by US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Prince and Princess Hitachi, music performances, a traditional barbecue buffet and an evening dinner in CHOP Steakhouse.

This year's party doubles as a fundraiser for USO Japan, a nonprofit that supports American military personnel and their families.

29 Jun 2015

July iNTOUCH Out Now

It might not boast the same numbers of devoted followers as soccer or basketball, but the sport of squash is still played in more than 180 countries across the world. Ahead of July's TAC Premier Classic pro squash tournament at the Club, Members explain what draws them to the racket sport in the latest issue of the Club's monthly magazine, iNTOUCH.

Elsewhere in the issue, the Club's wine expert Anna Tyack offers her picks of CHOP Steakhouse's award-winning wine list, Member Chizoba Obi ponders the challenge of preparing her children for life as African-Americans back in the United States, and former Brazilian jiujitsu world champ and Club instructor Mikio Oga explains what he loves about the martial art.

Check out the rest of the issue and back issues of iNTOUCH.

03 Jun 2015

CHOP Wins Top Wine List Award

CHOP Steakhouse's wine list has been named the world's best medium-sized wine list by The World of Fine Wine magazine. 

In receiving the accolade, the Club's home of steaks becomes the only restaurant in Japan to win three stars, and it is one of just 22 three-star dining spots in all of Asia.

Senior judge Alder Yarrow described the list as “really nicely designed, and the curation in terms of diversity is excellent. It’s so well-edited, and with really nice descriptions on all the by-the-glass wines.”

In particular, the judges praised CHOP's collection of California wines, and Francis Percival complimented the list's range of “classic modern, new wave and classic old names” from the state.

Three stars are awarded to wine lists that have exceptional breadth; a range of leading producers; a good mix of vintages, styles and prices; an extensive by-the-glass program, with a wide selection of half bottles and larger formats; outstanding organization; and originality, personality and vision.


29 May 2015

June iNTOUCH Out Now

As the Club gears up for its annual Independence Day celebration, American Members from a number of different states recall the barbecues, parades, fireworks and local traditions that filled July Fourth parties back home in the latest issue of the Club's monthly publication, iNTOUCH.

Elsewhere in the issue, Mark Baxter previews June's Summer Beer Tasting, the perfect antidote to Tokyo's searing summer heat, Linda Schnetzer reflects on her two years as president of the Women's Group and James Fink offers his thoughts on Japan's glut of empty homes.

Check out the rest of the issue and back issues of iNTOUCH.

(Correction: on page 4 of the print issue, the liability figure should have been ¥20 billion. The number has been corrected in the digital issue.)

22 May 2015

TAC Toastmasters Earns Award

The TAC Toastmasters Club recently won a Toastmasters International Talk Up Toastmasters Award.

The Club group was recognized in February/March for attracting five new members. This is the second consecutive year the Club has received the accolade.

"Growing our membership enhances the viability of our club and expands the pool of personal and professional diversity in the organization," says Michelle Herring, vice president of public relations for the TAC Toastmasters Club. "New members bring new skills and backgrounds, which makes for a more interesting dynamic among what is already a highly energized team of TAC Toastmasters."

TAC Toastmasters has more than 30 members, who meet twice a month to develop their public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback.