As holiday celebrations kick off around the Club, Members reflect on how giving, not receiving, helps make the Christmas season special for all involved.
From her Suginami apartment, Cheryl Maynor can see the children come and go from the group home. When she has the time, she stops in for a chat. In her limited Japanese, she asks the boys and girls about their days and they happily respond in their limited English.
One Member and his daughter have found companionship through swordsmanship at the Club.
When her dad’s distracted, Claire Finck can’t help but give him a playful poke with her foil. She may have only flown back from France the day before, but it’s done nothing to dampen the 9-year-old’s energy.
After a childhood abroad, one Member shares how the Club’s community of bibliophiles helps her stay connected with her literary past.
After World War II, the average Japanese citizen couldn’t travel overseas until 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics. The restriction, designed to protect Japan’s foreign currency reserves, didn’t apply to Ayako Ishizaka, though.
Twelve matches, five prefectures (six if you include the misadventure into Fukuoka on the wrong train), 78 tickets, guests from five countries, countless celebratory and consoling beers, numerous trains, planes and automobiles, one wheelchair (commandeered rather than required) and a million or so memories, with one or two more that will enter rugby fan folklore.Read more...