Internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli passed away on July 19 at the age of 92.
Founder of Pelli Clarke Pelli, the firm behind the Club’s Azabudai home, the Argentinian-born architect left his mark on urban landscapes with structures that number among the world’s tallest and most innovative designs.
Pelli’s harmony of functionality and form shines through the Club’s compartmentalized yet interconnected interior. Though the Club’s façade stands distinctly against the Tokyo skyline, Pelli’s design lends an individuality to each of the restaurants, ballrooms, lounges, classrooms and recreational and fitness facilities contained within.
With both Family and Formal sides linked by the welcoming openness of the Winter Garden, Pelli’s vision exemplifies how the Club’s diverse Membership coalesces into a true community.
The Club thanks Pelli for his contributions to architecture in Tokyo and across the globe.
Member Peter Opdahl will soon be jetting off to the United States after winning the top prize at the recent Independence Day Celebration lucky draw.
He picked up a pair of premium economy tickets with American Airlines.
Another Member, Akito Odagiri, won a business class seat with American Airlines to the US after filling out a business class seat survey.
Meanwhile, Members Courtney Treut and Christina Siegel each received a Coca-Cola golf bag and Youichi Murai took home a Coca-Cola suitcase.
Members will be able to view rugby union's Webb Ellis Cup up close when the trophy visits the Club on July 24.
Named after William Webb Ellis, the purported schoolboy inventor of the sport, the trophy has been presented to the winner of the World Cup since the first tournament in 1987.
The winning team of this year's competition will lift the cup on November 2 in Yokohama.
Unveiling its new menu on July 8, CHOP's lineup of premium American steaks features a 39-ounce porterhouse (pictured), a 14-ounce rib eye and a 16-ounce New York strip loin from Snake River Farms' cross-bred cattle.
"While other steakhouses offer USDA Prime, Snake River Farms exceeds that level of grading with its intense, wagyu cross-derived marbling," says Scott Kihara, the Club's chef de cuisine, in the July issue of INTOUCH. "The steaks offer a combination of sweet, buttery marbling with a full American beef flavor."
Former US Ambassador to Japan John Roos will receive the Club's Distinguished Achievement Award at a presentation ceremony on June 20.
Roos, who served as America's top diplomat in Japan between 2009 and 2013, is being recognized for his efforts to strengthen US-Japan ties.
He became the first US ambassador to visit Hiroshima (2010) and Nagasaki (2012) on the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of the cities.
In 2011, he led the American mission to support the recovery efforts following the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Two months before that tragic event, Roos, in his capacity as honorary president of the Club, spoke at the official opening of the Azabudai facility (pictured).
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award include astronaut Koichi Wakata, mountaineer Junko Tabei and literary scholar Donald Keene.