INTOUCH Magazine

Tying the Knot INDEPTH | FOCUS

Tying the Knot

The Club’s wedding planners specialize in crafting celebrations as unique as the couples in the spotlight. 

On a sun-drenched afternoon in October 2013, a bride and groom sipped three times from the same three cups of sake. Within Miyajima’s iconic Itsukushima Shrine, the couple maintained a stately comportment in traditional kimono, as a handful of family and friends watched Shinto priests guide their every move.


Japan Lessons

Not long after I had moved to Tokyo, someone shared with me the three P’s of surviving Japan: punctuality, politeness and patience.

I have since appreciated that for a more fruitful life here I must be on time, if not a few minutes early, I should be overly courteous, even when it feels unnatural, and I must never be in too much of a rush if I want things to go smoothly. 

The Finishing Touch INDEPTH | AQUATICS

The Finishing Touch

A graduate of the Club’s Mudsharks swim program shares her story of battling her way back to a national title.

Perched on the starting block, Member Ariana Hill knew she was the favorite.

“Swimmers, on your marks. Get set.”

She’d entered her first heat of New Zealand’s national championships with the best qualifying time of any 13-year-old swimmer in the 50-meter breaststroke.

But nerves got the better of her.

Island State of Mind INDEPTH | MUSIC

Island State of Mind

Set to perform at this month’s Okinawan-themed First Friday bash, sanshin player Hidekatsu Miyazato describes how music helped him reconnect with home.

Hidekatsu Miyazato didn’t know what home was until he left it behind.