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Join the YC&AC! Connect!
Established in 1868, YC&AC is Japan’s oldest international
sports and social club. It is the birthplace
of most modern sports enjoyed today in
Japan, including rugby, soccer, baseball, tennis, hockey
and cricket. It is a living, breathing monument to
Yokohama’s foreign founding fathers and the main hub
for international interaction in the community today.
Benefits of YC&AC membership include:
• Great companionship
• Fun for all the family
• FIFA-certified all-weather pitch
• Open-air swimming pool and playground
• Tennis and squash courts
• Badminton and basketball courts
• Table tennis tables
• World-class lawn bowling green
• Billiards room, 10-pin bowling alley and real darts
• State-of-the-art fitness center
• Dance, yoga and massage studio
• Highly qualified instructors, trainers and physios
• Superb international dining at Mollison’s restaurant
• Alfresco dining on the Roof Deck and Patio
• Members Bar and Sports Bar
• Countless fantastic events
Book Our Facilities!
Most of our facilities are available for private bookings.
In addition to the above sporting and dining amenities,
the Club has three rooms of varying sizes which may be
booked for parties, meetings or conferences. We also
have on-site childcare and child development facilities.
For a guided tour, and/or details of our range of membership
packages and booking fees, please e-mail Lloyd
Nakano at Gen.Manager@ycac.or.jp, or call him on
YC&AC hosted the 8 th Footy Japan Cup Final on
July 10, with the YC&AC’s own First Team facing
the Kanto Celts in what would prove a game
of considerable quality. Sadly for the Firsts their superior
skill and pace were not enough to overcome the more
robust approach of the Kanto Celts, who ultimately prevailed,
2-1. Credit to the Celts for an excellent team display,
and better luck next year to the Firsts. You can
read a review of the YC&AC First Team’s season on
Footy Japan, which runs the Cup competition in tandem
with the Tokyo Metropolis League, also operates
the well known coaching brand the British Football
Academy. The BFA holds sessions on weekdays at the
Club and at other venues besides, and will again be
holding a football camp on the YC&AC grounds this
summer. Please see the advertisement on the inside back
page for details.
If you or the company you work for would like to
join the ranks of advertisers in reaching out to the
YC&AC and wider Yokohama community, please contact
Lloyd Nakano at Gen.Manager@ycac.or.jp or on
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The active involvement of members is essential to the successful
running of our Club. So, if you thought the Great
Easter Egg Hunt sucked, or think chicken balti should be
added to the Club’s range of pies, or have a great idea for
a money-spinning event, anything, get on a committee
and start influencing things. The Club presently has seven
committees—Entertainment, Finance, Food and
Beverages, House and Facilities, Marketing and
Communications, Membership and Rules, and Sports—in
which members play a role in shaping the direction of
the Club. Joining a committee is also a great way to meet
fellow members. Please contact Marketing and
Communications Chair Bob Hackett (bob.hackett@
avnet.com) for more information.
Marketing and Communications Committee
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 1
General Manager’s Message
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”
Here in Yokohama, far from the urbanity of the
23 wards up north, life is different – human-scaled,
down-to-earth, sane, and relaxed. To the naked eye,
much is no different than in years past. But, at a closer
look, nothing has remained the same.
Japan has changed; a huge innocence has been lost and
one of our greatest fears realized: “What if a major disaster
strikes?” Not one, but three; all at once! Even now the
fallout (pardon the pun) continues, yet life is returning to
normal. It must be a human need – to restore routine and
expectations into one’s daily regimen; to eliminate uncertainty;
to insulate oneself and loved ones in security and
safety. “Exogenous factors” is the label experts now attach
to any occurrence “outside” our expected models for
life and living.
With the end of the rainy season
and the observance of the
U.S. Independence Day, YC&AC
is fully into its summertime activities.
Green Hills’ Child Care and
summertime Child Development
programs for toddlers and preschool
are underway. Our own
weekly Summer Day Camp has
also started as of the middle of
July. In another week or so, we’ll
be celebrating our host culture’s
Obon season, hosting the neigh-
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011
borhood’s Bon Odori festival on our grounds.
Is there a noisier reminder of the merciless heat of
summer in Japan than the raucous thrumming of the
cicadas? I noticed them first on Saturday, July 16 walking
up to the Club from Yamate Station. “Ugh! We’re
into the dog days now…” I thought. But here at the
Club, the folks at poolside were right at home enjoying
the flawless blue skies and poolside hospitality of Rod
and his team of swim and water safety instructors.
Chef Tim Larimer was preparing for this year’s St.
Andrew’s Society Scottish Country Dancing & Music
Barbeque, and Lina Flores was sorting through photos
of last night’s monthly wine appreciation dinner hosted
by Jeff Natori – a sampling of our new wine menu in
Mollison’s. Pastry Chef Ken has a new display case to
show off his mouth-watering desserts! Afternoon tea is
Members enjoyed their fun and games long into the night on U.S. Independence Day.
positively delightful! We’re breaking out of the doldrums
ourselves and gearing up for the end of summer and a
fantastic new school year!
Both Yokohama International School and St.
Maur’s will be starting their own new academic year
in a few weeks and we look forward to joining St.
Maur’s Vendor Fair and to welcoming back returning
families and friends. Hopefully, there’ll be robust demand
for new memberships, sports, and social events
as the waning weeks of summer give way to the early
weeks of autumn.
There’s a bright side to the self-imposed jishuku (selfrestraint)
and setsuden (electricity conservation): the
skies are truly clear and you can see Fuji-san from the
Bay View Room in flawless symmetry nearly every evening
now. How many years has it been since that happened?
Let’s see… We were established in 1868; the
Industrial Revolution happened at the turn of the twentieth
century, and Fuji-san disappeared into the inversion
layer shortly thereafter.
I’m making it up, to be sure, but it certainly has been
Come visit the Club if you haven’t been back for a
while. I’m sure you’ll be pleased at the renovations,
improvements, and change in everyone’s mood now that
we’ve all acclimatized to the “new” Japan!
Lloyd Nakano, General Manager
Yokohama Triennale 2011
Enjoy Jeppe Hein’s “Smoking Bench” installation at
Yokohama Triennale 2011.
PHOTO BY OLE HEIN PEDERSEN; COURTESY:
JOHANN KONIG, BERLIN, 303 GALLERY, NEW
YORK AND SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, TOKYO
It’s time again for one of the great events on the
Yokohama calendar, the Yokohama Triennale. The 2011
Triennale will be held from August 6 to November 6 at
two main venues—the Yokohama Museum of Art and
BankART Studio NYK—and to judge by the exciting
international line up promises to be another feast of
contemporary art in all its forms. This year’s edition will
focus on “works that allude to the magical mysterious
powers in our daily lives and world as well as those that
refer to mythology, myths and legend” and, we are
told, will be accompanied by programs that encourage
participants to “look, nurture, and connect.” We like
that last word. Don’t miss it!
For more information: http://yokohamatriennale.jp/en/
am writing this message on vacation in an unusually
sunny U.K. With the benefit of e-mails and
text messages, it is easy to keep in touch with the
Club’s Management and stay briefed on progress in all
areas of the Club, including daily F&B sales figures
and staff reports.
Many of you will know that our General Manager
Paul Murakami left us in June and that we immediately
took steps and appointed Lloyd Nakano to replace
him, giving us time to search for a new permanent
GM. This search is ongoing, and I hope on my
return to Japan next week to embark on the interviewing
In addition I can announce that Stuart Air has finished
his sabbatical of five months at YC&AC helping
us turn around the F&B operations. I would like to extend
my personal thanks to Stuart for all his hard work
and help since January. We have appointed Tim
Larimer as Head Chef to replace Stuart. Tim hails from
California and has previous experience of living and
working in Japan.
Another addition to the team, in the Marketing and
Membership Department, is Lina Flores, who hails
from Guam. Most of you who frequent the Club will
no doubt have seen her smiling face around.
On the sports front there has also been a change in
personnel, with Shingo Mishima leaving us to move to
Australia and Chris Kelly taking over the reins as head
of Sports and Children’s Activities.
I am disappointed that we have been unable to
field a cricket team this summer for perhaps the first
time in the Club’s history. This is particularly sad
considering YC&AC’s origins as the Yokohama
Cricket Club. If any member would like to help resurrect
the cricket section for 2012, please contact
During the months of July and August, YC&AC
initially goes quiet as families leave the area for their
summer holidays. At the end of July the Kids Summer
Camp brings laughter and buzz back to the Club, before
in August we see families return and numbers in
the pool and around the Club growing steadily until
mid August, when the international schools’ new
year begins. Welcome back to all those of you who
Late August and September is traditionally our
busiest time in terms of new member registrations,
and hopefully this year will be no exception. We are
always happy to offer temporary guest passes to
those who wish to try out the Club’s facilities before
joining, so if you have friends or colleagues you
think may like to join YC&AC, please put them in
touch. We are offering parents of international
school children a 50% reduction on acceptance fees
until the end of September.
YC&AC is a members club, so the more people who
join and use our facilities, the better. Please enjoy yourselves
Simon Litster, President
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 5
“Old World” Wines
The Wine Subcommittee has sought to bring our fellow members the best cost-performance wines available in Japan. This
has led to a wine list that appears at first glance as “New World” heavy. Fear not though, European wines are well represented
on our list; you just have to look!
What better way to start any meal, or day for
that matter, than with a glass of champagne.
Though James Bond has been recently “playing
the field” in terms of champagne selection, more
often than not he is calling room service for a bottle of
Bollinger. In addition to the “Bolly” Special Cuvée, the
list includes the Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial and
the popularly priced Spanish cava, Freixenet Cordon
To show that the New World does not have exclusivity
on cost-performance, the Club offers three great
summer quaffing whites at 3,000 yen. Last month we
mentioned Calatrasi’s Catarratto from its Terre di
Ginestra Estate—a classic Sicilian white. Perhaps the
most easy drinking of the “3 @ 3,000” is the Concilio
Pinot Grigio from Trentino. From the southern part of
France, our last recession busting white is 100%
Viognier from the Ile La Forge Estate of up-and-coming
winemaker Paul Mas. The Estate is located in the
Languedoc-Roussillon area and this Viognier is aged
25% in oak barrels (10% new) and 75% in stainless steel
to maintain its freshness.
From one of the best sites in Chablis comes the
“Beauroy” from Domaine Margueritte Carillon. Fresh
and clean, this Premier Cru has good fruit concentration
and the mineral elements that all good Chablis exhibit. A
Kevin Stephen selection (of whom more later).
Last month we talked about drinking for a good
cause with the Montepulciano de Abruzzo “Yume.”
Italy also provides us with two more great deals in red
wine. The Barbaresco “Fratelli Levis” from Piedmont
is a steal at 4,300 yen. The Sartirano family has been in
the wine business since 1871, with the present owners,
cousins Paolo and Guido, representing the third generation.
They own estates in the famous Langhe region,
specifically in the villages of Monforte d’Alba, Novello
New Wine List Format with Updated
Look in the next few weeks for a newly formatted,
more user-friendly wine list. Gone is the binder that
always seemed in need of updating. Welcome to a sleek
looking A3 size list that is still packed with information
to help you make your wine selection. Welcome also
to a bevy of new wines that will keep your palate
tantalized during the dog days of summer. More details
on those new wines in coming issues. Cheers!
Some of you may be familiar with the wines of
Tuscan winery Tenuta dell’Ornellaia. The winery’s
Merlot “Massetto” retails for US$435 a bottle upon release,
and often exceeds $800 a bottle at auction. The
flagship wine “Ornellaia,” one of the top “Super Tuscan”
Cabernet Sauvignon blends, retails for US$200 a bottle
upon release. The Club is proud to feature this renowned
winery’s early drinking “Le Volte” at the relative
bargain of 5,500 yen per bottle.
From the winery:
Le Volte is the expression of a carefully crafted blend.
The cuvée brings together the best terroirs of Tuscany and
combines the Mediterranean expression of opulence and
generosity with structure and complexity. The softness of
Merlot, the firm structure and depth of Cabernet
Sauvignon supported by the vivacious personality of
Sangiovese, create a unique blend which reflects the integrity
and style which inspire the philosophy of the
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Estate.
The 2007 currently in stock was rated 90 points by
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2007 Le Volte,
Ornellaia’s entry-level wine, is especially opulent in
this vintage. A soft, generous red, the wine offers terrific
richness and depth in its ripe, perfumed fruit.
Sweet scents of French oak linger on the long finish.
This generous, seductive wine should continue to
drink well over the next few years. Anticipated maturity:
Under the Wine Advocate’s rating system, a wine with
a score of 90-95 points is regarded as “An outstanding
wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short,
these are terrific wines.”
COURTESY TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 7
And now for the Kevin Stephen story! Many of us
remember Kevin as one of the founding members of
our humble Wine Subcommittee. Kevin moved from
the warmth of our fold to become the CEO of BV
Vin Saarls, Switzerland’s most successful classifiedgrowth
and en primeur merchant. Kevin can still be
seen from time to time at the Club during his occasional
visits to Japan.
Before going off to fame and fortune, Kevin introduced
us to the two Bordeauxs that grace our list, the
Bring Your Own Bottle!
Good News! Craft Beer has made a start at
YC&AC. On July 2 at the annual American
Independence Day BBQ, several craft beers were
for the first time served at the Club. While the start was
rather small, members who discovered the beer were
soon trying more than one style. Fizzy yellow Kirin and
Asahi or commonly found Bass Pale Ale produced by
Asahi and Guinness imported by Kirin were not the only
beers at the Main Bar.
To celebrate independence from big national and
global brands of beer, the Club featured a first keg of
Green Flash West Coast IPA, and bottles of Stone Pale
Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA as well as Maui Bikini
Blonde Lager and Mana Wheat Ale in cans, the last of
these being brewed with Maui pineapple juice.
What is next for craft beer at the Club? Well, the plan
is to offer craft beer and also develop and co-host events
that reward members with tasty beer. The parties we envision
are designed to utilize the Club’s fantastic facilities
and great food offerings. Since the plan is to open these
events up to the public, we are confident that the Club
will gain new members.
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011
“Les Fiefs de Lagrange,” the second wine from Château
Lagrange, and the “Ségla,” the second wine from
Château Rauzan Ségla. He also introduced us to the
Rioja “Julian Madrid” from Bodegas Primicia, as well
as the Premier Cru Chablis noted above. So taste some
of our “Kevin Stephen Selection” wines next time you
are in the mood for a taste of the old world.
The BYOB dinners organized by the Club's Wine Subcommittee are proving increasingly popular with members.
Keep your eye on the Flash bulletins for news of the next mouthwatering dinner.
Mike Scott of Tomei’s Wine Shop and Wine Bar in Motomachi gets things rolling in style at July’s BYOB dinner; right,
Yukie Tokunaga expects Tom Tyrell to do the collapse. (Giant Jenga will make a reappearance at the Steaks are High
DIY BBQ on the roof on August 13.)
Craft Beer Culture at YC&AC
So, what’s on deck? Date not confirmed,
but we have a crazy idea…
The BEER, BBQ, BAND & BOWLING PARTY... A.K.A.
THE KILLER “B” PARTY!
• 10 plus taps of fresh craft beer
• Total kegs: 20+
• Teams of five competing for the prize, the CRAFT
BEER “KING PIN” TROPHY
• BOWLING is optional but drinking is not. Each member
bowls two frames for one game. Elimination
rounds to the final four lanes for the King Pin
Final 4… Drinking rules will be enforced.
• BBQ with all the fixings!
• BAND: If they will play for beer, then rock on!
• When: On a Saturday in September from 12:00 to
• Price: (Provisional) 6,000 yen
• Includes: Event glass, prizes, all the food and beer during
the party time
• Target: 200 members and guests
Our goal is to bring something new and interesting to
the Club. We see this as bringing a two-fold benefit to the
Andrew and Akemi Balmuth at the Great American Beer Festival,
Club and to members who love beer. We also envision
these events as annual events and have a desire to establish
an annual craft beer festival at the Club that would include
imported craft beer as well as the many well made
craft beers being brewed in Japan. Breweries like Baird
Brewing that operate the Bashamichi Taproom and
Yokohama Brewing are some local favorites, so we could
find these beers as well as COEDO, Shiga Kogen, Minoh,
and Minamishinsyu featured in future events.
Who is bringing all these tasty brews?
YC&AC member Andrew M. Balmuth, an American
entrepreneur who moved to Japan in 2004, founded
NTC with a vision to build a bridge for highly crafted
goods made in Japan and the United States. Andrew
worked for two years with Japan’s largest food service
company, SHIDAX, and largest dry-goods distributor,
KOKUBU, on the logistics, importing and distributing
of American BBQ sauce, beer and wine. Independent
importing and distributing of American craft beer started
in August of 2006.
In January 2007, Akemi Ohira (now Balmuth) joined
the NTC team to head the company’s distribution business.
Akemi had five plus years of senior management experience
overseeing the importing of Irish craft beer,
Magners Cider, Irish spirits and food items. In addition
she oversaw the distribution of the imports, including
beer, for two well-known Irish Pubs in Tokyo. Akemi currently
presides over our marketing, sales and distribution
operations as COO.
The company maintains a 3°C chilled warehouse in
Yokohama for all beer. Andrew and Akemi pioneered the
importation of fresh draft beer from famous craft brewers
in California and the company owns a float of several
thousand beer kegs to keep bars on tap. All beer is “officially
imported” directly from the breweries and is pickedup,
consolidated, ocean shipped, customs cleared and
managed under reservation, chilled at 3-5°C so the impact
and quality of the beer is superior.
The company has expanded its initial handful of craft
beer accounts into a solid base of craft beer customers, all
over Japan. NTC is a member of the Brewers Association
trade section. NTC developed and employs “best beer”
practices for American craft beer, utilizing a standardized
temperature controlled logistics system, delivering beer
from the U.S. breweries to the customer’s door in Japan
in superb condition.
NTC is the official importer for the following famous
American craft beers:
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido CA
Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego CA
Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego CA
Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado CA
Left Coast Brewing Co., San Clemente CA
Pizza Port Brewing Co., Carlsbad CA
Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg & Cloverdale CA
Moylan's Brewing Co., Novato CA
Lagunitas Brewing co., (Sept. 2011 start) Petaluma CA
North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg CA
Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood NY
Maui Brewing Co., Maui HI
And so are the shrimps…
Join us on the Roof Deck on Saturday August 13
for an evening of char-it-yourself barbecue fun and
games. Pick out your favorite cut of steak (or tastiest
looking shrimp), chuck it nonchalantly onto the coals
and kick back with a glass of lemonade as you watch
it sizzle, from time to time perhaps looking up to
enjoy the view across the Club’s grounds to the Bay
or to toss a bit of lettuce onto the bowling green.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Roof Deck
Family games will
be available in the
large room adjacent
to the Roof Deck,
so don’t forget to
bring the kids!
For one night only, you
can be Tim Larimer.
Pictured, our new head
chef in baby back ribs
barbecuing action on
U.S. Independence Day.
Andrew, Akemi and Hanna-chan
The Steaks Are High!
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 9
ile number). This will ensure you are kept in the loop
about all the Club’s upcoming golfing events.
Glynis Kallechy and Claudia Werlin enjoy one of golf’s “up” moments.
Charity Golf Competition
Ambassador of India to Japan H.E. Mr. Alok Prasad
prepares to launch a drive in July’s Charity Golf
Ishwar Chugani presents winner’s trophies to
Tsunoda Okada (left) and Bill Werlin.
Participants in the 2010 YC&AC Club
Masters (top) and Championships (bottom).
These events were won by Bill Werlin and
Hiroyuki Shimataka, respectively.
On July 8, members of Universal
Brotherhood and YC&AC held
a Charity Golf Competition at
Taiheiyo Ichihara Golf Course
in Chiba Prefecture. The event,
which was supported by the
Ambassador of India to Japan H.E.
Mr. Alok Prasad, raised ¥200,000
for the Tohoku relief fund.
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 11
SPORT ALLEY BOWLING
The Brave and the Bowled
The Alley Bowling Section’s Monday Night League
ended on June 6, a couple of weeks later than usual
owing to the events of mid-March. Though the triple disaster
of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident were cause for
sadness and concern at the time, it was not long before our
bowlers were lifting each other’s spirits on the bowling lanes.
Over the ten weeks of action in the spring season’s
Monday Night League, many bowlers scored wonderful
high games and high series, notably:
Men High Game High Series (3 games)
Phil Eymard 257 631
Nicholas Cooper 236 579
Takuma Nagasaki 234
Asao Tanaka 567
Chihiro Hall 233 555
Yuko Strzepek 219 568
Naoko Bracha 216
Miwako Fu 543
After thirty games in total, the winning team and top
individual bowlers of the Monday Night League were:
Winner: Nicholas Cooper, Mike
Strzepek, Satish Tandon and
Runners Up: George Fu, Sonomi
Tanaka, Takuma Nagasaki and
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011
Phil Eymard 184
Chihiro Hall 171
team (from left)
Miwako Fu, Mike
Congratulations to the winners!
The Alley Bowling Section held our annual Dinner
Party and prize-giving ceremony on Saturday, June 18.
Bowlers from all the three mixed leagues took part, although
numbers were a
little lower than hoped
for owing to the timing
and the departure of
many families at the start
of the school holidays.
The party was nevertheless
great fun, with participants
fine food (many thanks
again to our chefs and to
games, and wonderful
music provided by fellow
bowler Mike Strzepek.
Trophies and prizes
were awarded as follows:
Player of the Year 2010 men: Phil Eymard
Player of the Year 2010 women: Chihiro Hall
2011 Nations Cup winners: The P Team
2011 Nations Cup Runners-up: Universal Dragons
2011 Nations Cup 2 nd Runners-up: Hot Curry
Most Improved Player, Men: Howard Ihu
Most Improved Player, Women: Sachi Riley
Come and Join Us!
Summer Bowling League (five-week) starts on
Saturday July 30, at 7:00 p.m. This is an individual
league and, as with all our competitions, all levels are
welcome. Please sign up on the sheet in the alley.
The Fall Bowling Leagues will start on Monday,
September 12. Again, all levels are welcome to join any
of our four weekday competitions, which are as listed
below. Start time is 8:00 p.m.
Monday Night Mixed league
Wednesday Night Mixed league
Thursday Night Mixed league
Friday Ladies league
Alley Bowling Section prizes
await this year’s winners at the
annual Bowling Dinner Party
on June 18.
For more information, please write to me, George
Fu, at email@example.com, or speak with either
Russ or Katz, our friendly staff members in the alley.
SPORT LAWN BOWLS
News from the Green
Despite the hot weather, this time of year on the
green is enjoyable because the play is more casual
in advance of the leagues and Club tournaments
beginning. Returning players are getting back into
form and reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen
since the end of last season and there is always interest
from the curious who have never played before as spectators
while dining al fresco rink side or who since relocating
to Japan think they may have some time to learn a
Participants and supporters in the Kanto Men’s Pairs Qualification Tournament on July 3.
Qualifying for the Final from the YC&AC were Vinod Kumar & Hans Pauli (front row, center), and
Marcel & Zack Niederhauser (back row, wearing red and green).
The first official event of the season, the Opening
Day Tournament, was held on June 19. Fourteen players
were randomly paired utilizing their handicaps to
play for the Don Helm Trophy. The format for this
year’s tournament was round robin with the overall
winner being decided based on the number of wins,
draws and losses they accumulated during the day.
Congratulations to Junko Wilkinson and Yoko Lum,
the winners after six matches and twenty-four ends
played over 5 1/2 hours. Toshiharu Saito and Kazuko
Yasuda were runners up.
Note: In a pairs game one player is designated the lead and
the other the skip. The lead player’s function is to draw
close to the jack, to position some back woods in the event
the jack is moved and the site of play relocated, and leave
the lanes open for the skip. The skip is generally the most
well rounded of the pair because he often has to thread his
bowl through a crowd of bowls to win the end.
On July 3 YC&AC hosted the Kanto Men’s Pairs
Qualification Tournament. A total of six teams participated,
two each from the YC&AC, Tokyo Lawn Bowls
Club and Tokyo Lawn Bowling Club. We like to think
our teams have an advantage on our natural turf green
since the other clubs play on artificial turf, a faster surface,
but because they are highly skilled players it doesn’t
take long for them to adjust.
Perhaps the most exciting game of the day was
between the YC&AC B team of Marcel & Zack
Niederhauser vs. the Tokyo
Lawn Bowling A team of T.
Matsubara & H. Sudo. At
the end of the sixth end
Marcel & Zack were down 4
points, at 0-4, with one end
to go. In the seventh end
Marcel & Zack scored four
points to end the game in a
draw. Turning this potential
loss into a draw was key at
the end of the day as Marcel
& Zack finished the day second
overall rather than third.
This will be Zack’s last
tournament at the YC&AC
for a while as he graduated
from YIS in June and will
be attending the University
of Tampa in Florida starting
in the fall. We’re glad
he and his father will have
some good memories of this
tournament and wish him
well as he begins his studies
in Sports Management.
The YC&AC A team of
Hans Pauli & Vinod Kumar
were the 1 st place team in
last year’s tournament and
repeated their performance
again this year. The 2 nd place team led by Marcel
Niederhauser with a new partner due to Zack’s departure
and the 3 rd place A team from Tokyo Lawn
Bowling Club will advance to the Japan Bowls Men’s
Pairs National Championship to be held in Hokkaido
in September. Good luck to both YC&AC teams.
Representing the Club on July 30 and 31 in Akashi at
the Japan Bowls Triples National Championship
will be the team of Toshiharu Saito, Shinya Fujiwara and
Seishi Yoda. In the next issue of Connect we hope to
have a good result to report.
If you are at the Club early on Sunday mornings
starting July 10 you will see our Sunday Morning
League playing for the next 12 weeks. While it is too
late to join the league as a regular, you can still sign up
as a substitute. Prior experience is not required. This is
a way to learn the game.
The Lawn Bowls Committee
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Iron Chief to Blue Finger: Over and Out!
The boys of summer
are back at it, with a
Saturday, usually starting from
11a.m., through September.
The team had an excellent
finish to the 2010 season by
winning the YC&AC Baseball
Tournament for the first time in
nine years. The best part was
the fact that we beat our archrivals,
Tokyo Eagles, in the final.
The 11 th annual nine-inning
season finale, the YC&AC U.S.
versus UN fall classic, was won
by the UN, who now lead the
series 6-5, and have bragging
rights until we do it again at
the last game of the 2011
season. The fact that our team
has been fairly evenly split between
Americans and the Rest
of the World has enabled us to
enjoy this friendly intramural rivalry
for many years now. The
R.O.W over the past eleven years has included, in no particular
order, players from Japan, Korea, Switzerland,
Turkey, the Philippines, Canada, Venezuela, India, China,
Australia, New Zealand, England, the Czech Republic,
and if I’ve left anyone out, I’m sure to hear about it.
About half way through the 2011 season, the team is
off to one of its best starts in living memory, with a record
of twelve wins and four losses. This is no doubt
due to the excellent fielding and batting demonstrated
by the entire team (avg. .402!), led by Todd Wiley, the
2010 co-MVP (somewhere in the .600s!). Quite a few
uncharacteristically low-scoring games have been won
with no errors committed in the field by the YC&AC
But every once in a while it’s the pitching that stands
out, and that is what happened on July 2, when in Game
2 against the Eigens (who had won the opener), Yachi
Another one for the YC&AC record book: Yachi Altinbay’s
two-hit, complete game shutout on July 2. The Iron Chief is
kneeling second right alongside catcher Blue Finger.
Proud winners of the YC&AC Baseball Tournament, tamers of the Tokyo Eagles, YC&AC
Altinbay, a.k.a., the Iron Chief, in about his 30 th season
for the YC&AC, pitched a two-hit, complete game shutout
14-0 gem. After getting through the opposition’s
batting order once, yours truly called primarily for his
junk, which he threw mostly for strikes, to keep the batters
off balance. The only potential threat to the blanking
was snuffed out in the 6 th inning, when former captain
and third baseman, Chris Corron, making amends
for a couple shaky moments earlier in the game, speared
a line drive down the left field line that initially looked
like he had no chance for. Much to the Chief’s relief!
For the third straight year, YC&AC and the Eagles
have come together for a combined U.S. versus UN double-header.
This year’s midsummer classic, usually held
on one of the weekends close to the U.S. Independence
Day, resulted in a win for each team.
As we enter the dog days of summer, and the second
half of the season, with people taking summer holidays,
the team is often challenged to get enough players to
field a team with a few to spare. If you are interested in
playing, or know someone who is, please come on out
and introduce yourself or your friends, or contact
Ignacio Lara, the 2011 team captain (his contact details
may be obtained through the front desk). We are always
looking for new players of all nationalities.
And if playing is not your thing, come on out to
enjoy a game or two, or even a few innings, between
dips in the pool. And when the games are over, you can
always find the players congregating around a dice table
outside the new Sports Bar, where cold beers and other
fine foods and beverages are served by a friendly
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 15
A Walk on the Wild Side
It’s been an eventful season for the YC&AC
Firsts; eventful as in never a dull moment
and end to end from start to finish.
If it’s goals that rock your boat then why
aren’t you watching YC&AC on Sunday
lunchtimes? Ninety-eight goals in our twentythree
TML League and Cup games—many,
many more than scored in games involving
any of the other Division 1 teams.
Unfortunately, opponents felt the need to
contribute forty odd of the total or we’d certainly
be celebrating the Double here, but
what’s a Captain to do: park the bus? The
fans demand to be entertained.
Way back in early September things started
out as they ended up carrying on, a 5-3 victory followed by
a 3-4 reverse to BFC, the British, who dominated the first
half of the season and looked like they would “walk it” before
blowing up in paragraph 7. A couple of easy victories
over struggling teams saw us hanging on to BFC’s coattails
until consecutive losses in the run up to Christmas derailed
our challenge. Division 1 is rarely, if ever, won with more
than two losses all season, so three by Christmas and the fat
lady was at least trying to extricate her behind from her
seat if not actually walking to the podium. Two draws
sandwiching a rare defeat to the Celts and she’s on stage
belting out a number, our number, before the end of
It was unfortunate to be out of the running with four
months of the season left, but it did leave us free to concentrate
on the extraordinarily protracted process of ex
Skipper and self-appointed Football Section Dictator for
Life, Steve Taw, hanging up his boots and leaving Japan
“for good.” That’s obviously a loose definition, as I
know he’s been back at least twice and got himself a
TML game both times. Anyway, suffice it to say that
February was a whirl of sayonara matches and hangovers
courtesy of “DOF,” the Director of Football, R.I.P.
Anyway, leaving behind Steve’s world of laced up
footballs and tackles that “wouldn’t have even been a
YC&AC line up alongside Thai Premier League outfit
Chonburi F.C. in the SCC Sixes.
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Footy Japan Division I Final Table
booking in my day”; we had the rest of the season to negotiate.
Our goals were: finishing in the top three of the
League—we’ve never finished below fourth—winning
the Cup for the first time, and putting in a good showing
on our now annual trip to Singapore in June.
Last first, as its slightly off topic. We made our third
trip to our Cousins’, the SCC’s six-a-side tournament.
This is not your average YC&AC football tour and before
we get to smash it up in Clarke Quay and surrounds
we have the small matter of having to chase round real
live pro footballers and several U21 and U23 national
team squads in the Singapore sunshine. Day 1 was remarkable:
we finished top of our group and, it transpired,
peaked in beating Thai pro side Chonburi, 3-0.
Day 2, alas, saw a reversal of fortunes and we got
knocked out early and had to watch as Chonburi went
on to win the Cup. What happened between Days 1 and
2 can never be revealed of course—what goes on tour,
stays on tour—but we did the YC&AC proud in any
event, both at SCC and Clarke Quay and surrounds…
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, BFC were busy imploding,
and the sickeningly consistent Hibs slid up on
the rail to win the League title by a couple of lengths.
We had our moments during the run-in, reaching the
Cup Final, only to pull up lame in another defeat to the
Celts; beating BFC—although so did everyone for a
while; and taking a point off the Champions elect, this
hopefully a stop of the rot of them beating us easily and
often over the last two years. Our last three games of the
season ended 3-3, 4-4, 6-3 and 1-2. Are you being entertained,
yet! The 6-3 was an epic semi-final victory over
those same Hibs, setting out our stall emphatically to
challenge them and everyone else for the Season 9
League title. Runners and riders are being called to the
post in September.
Our final roll call of honours for the 2010/11 Season:
New Year’s 7s: Semi-finalists
TML League: Fourth Place
FJ Cup: Runners-up
TML Charity 7s: Winners
SCC Sixes: Quarter Finalists
TML Fair Play League: Er… dead last
Anthony Savage, Captain
Footy Japan Cup Final:
YC&AC 1 v Kanto Celts 2
YC&AC Firsts pre kick-off
ALL PHOTOS BY ALFIE GOODRICH
Half-time, and Dickie Philo appeals for focus
Mikey Taw en route to a fine individual goal, this jinking run
ending with a sweet curler into the bottom right hand corner
Join this year’s mount fuji
‘catch the sunrise’ hike!
Wednesday August 10th
(return the next day’s afternoon)
12,000 yen for YC&AC members
* Discounts for couples/travelling with family members*
- Pre-climb training sessions
- Private bus for us!
- Experienced climb leaders
- Best price (including going by yourself!)
- Minimum 8 participants (max. 24!)
The sign-up sheet (with more information about what is included, and what to expect) is at the Front Desk
* All inquiries (including non-YC&AC rates) to Chris @ firstname.lastname@example.org*
Satoshi Mitsuda’s run down
the right is cut short by a
clattering Celts challenge
Mike Butler’s burst from the
back is cynically curtailed by
a Kanto Celt
Penalty, ref! Not given.
Suspicion of a foul here as a
YC&AC corner is whipped
into the box
Mt. Fuji “Catch the Sunrise” Hike
The time has come again, and the annual
Mt. Fuji climb is approaching.
We plan to go up on Wednesday August
10 and come home the next afternoon.
It is an overnight climb, so that we can
catch the sunrise, so please be aware that
you should be free both the Wednesday
and Thursday (you will want that day to
The price is 12,000 yen for individuals
(a much better deal than anywhere else)
and there are discounts for couples/family
Please direct any inquiries to Chris at:
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 17
Academy Review, 2010/11
YC&AC Football Academy Head Coach Mike Yeomans offers this review of the Club’s younger teams’ season.
Coach Mike debriefs the squad after a match earlier this year. Coach Kambayashi looks on.
It has been nine months since I started working with
and coaching the YC&AC football program and I
can gladly say that already we are seeing some
major progress with the players on the field. This has
been reflected in the overall results we have achieved in
the matches we have played since last October. Of the
thirty or so mini matches (8 v 8) that we have played,
we have lost only five or six, and count among our victories
a win over a Yokohama F. Marinos U10 team.
That is quite a good record, I’m sure
you will agree.
Thus far we have established programs
for the U8, U10 and U12 age
groups. Our numbers are gradually
increasing with each passing month, although
the recent tragic events in the
Tohoku region may have prevented us
from making further progress in this
regard. We will continue to work on
increasing our numbers once we resume
our program after the summer
break. We also plan to open a program
for the U15 age group from August in
order to expand the Club’s football offering
Every Sunday morning throughout
the season we worked on balance and
coordination, and the development of
technique, through the use of skill drills
and games. We also worked on tactical
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positioning, awareness and
team shape during competitive
matches. We develop
the players through the use
of small-sided matches
with small-sized junior
goals. This ensures all the
players have plenty of
touches of the ball and the
opportunity to try out any
new skills they have
Next season we hope to
further build upon the
foundation that has been
put in place this year. We
also hope to bring on
board another qualified
coach to assist, improve
and expand the program
We would also like to
introduce periodic skills
testing for each player, culminating
in the presentation of a Player Personal Final
Report detailing the progress made over the year for
each child. Each report would contain the test results
from throughout the year, a graph break down of each
skill tested, and a coach’s comments section advising
areas for improvement while always highlighting the
positive things achieved. This is a system we have been
using at Yamate Orient FC & Academy for the past two
years with great success.
Members of the YC&AC Football Academy pitchside at Nissan
Stadium during a recent tour.
Hi everybody, my name is Mike Yeomans and I am
the head coach at the YC&AC Football Academy.
I would like to give you all a little background
information on my qualifications and experience to
help show what I bring to the football program here
at our unique and wonderful club.
My first coaching appointment was with the British
Football Academy in Tokyo, where I coached fulltime
from September 2006 until March of 2008. I
coached juniors from ages 6–16 years of age and
ladies’ senior football. From March 2008 to June
2009 I was employed full-time by Total Football,
a coaching resource company and grassroots
associates for Nike Football (Japan). This meant I
got to tour the Japanese schools and coach high
school teams and clubs as part of the Nike Football
community coaching program. I also had the good
fortune to work with football academies from the
JLeague, namely Yokohama F. Marinos FC and
Urawa Reds FC, and some of the world’s biggest
football academies, including those of Barcelona,
Manchester United, Valencia and Glasgow Celtic.
On Saturdays I run a junior and senior football
program at Yamate Orient Football Club, which is
based at Saint Maur International School.
Although it is still too early to talk about the end
of the summer, it is never too early to talk about
a party! On Saturday, August 27, we are going to
beat the heat with an evening of games, food, fun, and
prizes. This is an evening to be enjoyed by all, regardless
of age or interests, and a perfect way to say sayonara to
the summer season!
We all know it is impossible to have a proper Pool
Party without fine food fare to feast on. So, with that in
mind, our chefs will be preparing a super-delicious BBQ
Buffet that will taste as good as it smells!
As anticipated, this night will also feature the many
games, activities and entertainment we have in store, for
kids and adults! Everyone, get involved and enjoy!
Are you a sea captain in hiding? Maybe better with
your wits than your fins? Whether you are an aquanaut,
or an aqua-NOT, you can be a part of the entertainment,
and also be entertained during the many activities
we have in store for you! All of our activities are
fully supervised with safety at the forefront of our
minds. So, feel free to let loose, feast, and enjoy the
night to the fullest!
All the best, and see you at the party!
Chris Kelly, YC&AC Sports Department
As a player I had
spells with Ryman
clubs Aveley FC and
Basildon United FC,
as well as various
Wahl & Case Tokyo
Club and Swiss Kickers FC. I played primarily as
an outside right, or right winger as they are called
First 4 Sport English FA Level 1 Licence
First 4 Sport English FA Level 2 Licence (UEFA C)
First 4 Sport English FA Level 2 Goalkeeping Licence
First 4 Sport English FA Level 3 Licence (UEFA B)
First 4 Sport English FA Child Protection Licence
First 4 Sport English FA Soccer Parenting Certificate
First 4 Sport English FA Laws of the Game Certificate
First Aid (American Red Cross)
Dress Down, It’s the YC&AC Pool Party!
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011 19
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Something to Ponder
The world is full of myths, misconceptions,
conflicting opinions and theories, some intentionally
put out there to sell products, some
simply misguided. This is especially the case in the
field of health, nutrition and exercise. Turn on the
TV, open a magazine, read a newspaper and we are
submitted to an endless stream of content that often
does little more than perpetuate conventional “wisdom.”
Remember the old adage: if something is repeated
often enough it becomes the accepted norm?
We are also bombarded with information promoting
the latest fad or groundbreaking research. You may
care to ask yourself, who decides upon what content
to include? Who sponsors the media source? Who
funds the study?
“One man’s food is another man’s poison.”
Take the “diet industry” as a prime example. You
may be interested to know there are currently almost
5,000 diet books in print. They can’t all be right. Are
any of them? It is abundantly clear that when it
comes to weight gain and obesity we aren’t doing too
well despite this flood of information, not to mention
the limitless supply of diet foods, pills, potions
and powders on the market. And how about the fabled
food pyramid? Does one size really fit all? The multitude
of diet books all citing success stories suggests
not. What works for one can have the opposite effect
“Oh, I know what I should eat, but…”
Let me ask you, do you really know? Seems to me
that when it comes to nutrition people are either
confused or doggedly clinging to the popular mantra
of the day. As you chill out over the summer, you
may care to ponder some of the following and ask
yourself the same question: What do you really know
• The traditional cooking oil for Okinawans, the
champions of longevity, is lard. (Yes, that is
• Wheat, one of the least tolerated and most difficult
foods to digest, contains opiate like chemicals
that are highly addictive. Another donut with
• Cows are designed to eat grass and grass only, not
soy, grains, concrete and other non-foods. We are
what we eat, and so are cows. Is eating a sick animal
really going to enhance your health?
• Pasteurization is complete only when all of the enzymes
contained in the milk are extinguished, thus
rendering the food pretty much dead. Don’t we eat
to promote life and vitality?
YC&AC CONNECT August 2011
• Levels of certain nutrients can be hundreds of times
higher in organic foods grown in truly healthy soils
compared with conventionally grown produce. How
much is your health worth?
• Up until about 100 years ago, unfermented soy
was considered an industrial product unfit for
human consumption; the oil was used in the manufacture
of paint and glue. Then the marketing
men got busy and now we have this supposed
The less fat we are consuming, the more obese we are
As we eat less fat, cardiovascular disease continues to
A 2% cow? So why are we clamoring for 2% processed
An obese wild animal?
Should you be eating it…
If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label?
If it wasn’t around a few thousand years ago?
Maybe it’s time to start listening to your body, using
some intuition and getting back to basics in determining
the food choices that are actually right for you.
Or, better still, if you are ready to make changes, how
about taking advantage of some of the nutritional/lifestyle
services on offer at the club:
• Take a metabolic typing test to help determine
those beneficial food choices and nutrient ratios,
and receive a customized, ‘no dieting,’ diet plan.
• Invest in cutting edge functional lab testing to
take the guess work out of supplementation and
gain an insight into digestive and hormonal
• Learn how to reduce dietary stress factors and better
understand which personal blocking factors may be
holding you back.
• Whether it’s baby steps or a complete overhaul,
receive coaching and guidance throughout the
Contact Dan Mullaney, YC&AC’s personal trainer, and nutrition
and wellness coach, on 090-6986-3710. (Online video
series coming soon at www.functionalfoundations.com.)
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