Renowned Niigata sake brewery Hakkaisan has produced a limited-edition sake for the Club’s 90th anniversary.
The premium junmai ginjo sake will be officially launched at the sold-out TAC 90th Anniversary Celebration on May 25.
According to Jiro Nagumo, owner of Hakkaisan and Club Member, the brewery wanted to produce a new style of sake that would appeal to an international audience.
“We are confident that Members will be able to enjoy the Club sake with different types of food and cuisine from all over the world,” Nagumo says in the May issue of INTOUCH magazine. “In addition, we hope this special sake encourages Members to taste and enjoy more sake.”
Members can preorder bottles, which feature an illustration of the Azabudai Club by Tokyo-based artist Luis Mendo, via the online Wine Shop or at The Cellar for ¥2,950 a bottle.
The sake will also be available by the tokkuri flask at CHOP Steakhouse, American Bar & Grill and Traders’ Bar.
California emerged the winner at the second Seasonal Wine Taste-Off on April 17.
Nearly 70 Members voted for their favorite four wines (two whites and two reds) from a field of 24. All four winners are from the Golden State.
The evening followed the Club’s inaugural vote last November.
The Club has launched a new membership category.
Called Term Regular membership, the option is aimed at expats assigned to Tokyo for up to three years.
With Japan set to host the Rugby World Cup next year and Tokyo staging the Olympic Games the following year, the Club decided to create a category for those people arriving in the capital on short-term stints.
The new option was approved by the Board of Governors earlier this year.
As part of the Club's ongoing incentive program, Members who introduce somebody who joins the Club will receive a ¥40,000 Club voucher.
The Club will honor former Japanese diplomat Ichiro Fujisaki with its Distinguished Achievement Award at a presentation ceremony on March 14.
The son of a diplomat, Fujisaki was Japan's ambassador to the United States between 2008 and 2012.
During a foreign service career that spanned more than 40 years, he also served as his country's ambassador to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva.
“Ambassador Fujisaki has dedicated his life to promoting international relations among countries,” says Jeff McNeill, one of the award committee members. “He is a wonderful role model for the younger generation in a world where communication is becoming increasingly globalized.”
Previous award recipients include Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (2016), pioneering mountaineer Junko Tabei (2014) and Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1999).
The Club has been named in the Platinum City Clubs of the World top 100 list.
The inaugural ranking of city clubs—following the organization's established top 100 golf and country clubs—features membership clubs from 34 countries.
Nearly 500 city clubs were assessed on six criteria, including amenity and facility excellence, professional service levels, governance and management, and adaptability.
“This award puts Tokyo American Club in a position of great respect and is a testament to the Club’s outstanding leadership and management who inspire the staff to deliver a five-star Platinum experience,” says James Swank, director of Club Leaders Forum, which runs the Platinum Clubs of the World scheme.
According to Swank, Platinum Clubs of the World represents the top 1 percent of all private clubs around the globe.
This most recent recognition follows the Club's Distinguished Club citation last year.