INTOUCH Magazine

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A Steady Hand

The Club’s new president, Michael Alfant, shares his thoughts on leadership and the future of the Club.

Michael Alfant surveys the Traders’ Bar salad bar. Introduced last year, the lunchtime offering was one of the initiatives started during his two-year tenure as chair of the Club’s Food & Beverage Committee.

Holiday Feasts and Festivities INDEPTH | FOCUS

Holiday Feasts and Festivities

Ahead of Christmas, Members from all corners of the globe share time-honored holiday traditions from back home.

Sol Invictus, the final day of the Saturnalia festival, was celebrated by second-century Romans with a feast on December 25. It is believed early Christians lifted traditions from the annual rite, including the exchange of small gifts, to secretly recognize the Christmas holiday.

Back from the Brink INDEPTH | FOCUS

Back from the Brink

Set to stand down this month after four years as Club president, John Durkin details how the Club bounced back from near financial ruin.

The Club was in crisis. It was 2012, and our finances were bleak. Due to the onerous terms of the Club’s redevelopment loan, which was used to build the present clubhouse, we were on the precipice of defaulting on the loan’s debt service cash flow covenant.

Superior Stays INDEPTH | FOCUS

Superior Stays

With increasing numbers of overseas visitors arriving in Japan each month, is Tokyo’s luxury hotel market ready to welcome guests?

Descending the grand spiral staircase at The Peninsula Tokyo, guests are drawn to the main lobby by the dulcet sounds of a pianist and flautist. There, Keisen Hama’s incandescent bamboo dragon sculpture serves as the space’s centerpiece.