Less than two years before Olympic cyclists race one another in Fuji’s shadow, gear-shifting Members explain why nothing beats exploring Japan from the saddle.
Wherever you look in Tokyo, there’s someone on a bike. The metropolis’ sidewalks, streets and paths are full of cyclists. Young, old, business-suited and Lycra-clad, they’re all on wheels, from workaday mamachari shopping bikes to high-end, customized road bikes.
Member Reiko Oshima explains how she was motivated by the charity leaders she encountered while volunteering with the Women’s Group.
When my son was about 4 or 5 years old, I set up a group with my neighbors in Kamakura to help refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia. We had enough to feed and clothe our own children, so I thought we should help those children who were suffering.
Did you ever have something you were proud of go unappreciated? Did you ever feel that your job wasn’t the right fit for you?
I experienced both many times. Until, that is, my Japanese mentor offered me some words that changed my life.
Set to host a tasting at the Club, shochu expert Christopher Pellegrini explains the appeal of Japan’s hugely popular liquor.
Before Christopher Pellegrini had drained his first glass of shochu at a Tokyo restaurant in 2002, he was hooked. It was new taste territory after years working in Vermont craft beer breweries.