INTOUCH Magazine

Two-wheeled thrills INDEPTH | FOCUS

Two-wheeled thrills

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.

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Inspired to Help COMMUNITY | SIX DEGREES

Inspired to Help

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.

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Diamond Mining COMMUNITY | VOICE

Diamond Mining

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.

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Mastering Shochu INDEPTH | AUTHOR

Mastering Shochu

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.

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