HEALTH AND BEAUTY ARCHIVE:
538: Pool party
Keep your cool this summer with a visit to one of Tokyos many pools.
Metropolis shows you where to take the plunge.
536: Don't sweat it
With the hot and humid months upon us, Cristy Burne share some tips on staying
534: Swept away
Put away your broomsticksall you really need to soar through the clouds
is an armful of nylon and a good gust. Cristy Burne checks out the air up there.
532: Tee time
Cant keep it on the fairway? The yips invaded your game?
Rob Smaal finds a few experienced golf pros who can work out your kinks on the
530: Balancing act
An ancient science is helping modern men and women find peace, health and
the always elusive balance. Tama M. Lung takes a closer look at
528: Kicking on
Former K-1 Japan champion Nicholas Pettas shares his love of martial arts
at the new Spirit Gym in Nogizaka. Chris Betros goes along to watch.
526: On call
A revolutionary daily disease self-management system is making life easier
for diabetics. Chris Betros finds out about Lifewatcher.
524: Team spirit
From rugby to roller hockey, Tokyo is teeming with sports clubs for the
expat athlete. Rob Smaal shows you how to get in the game.
522: Type casting
Second-generation blood-type expert Toshitaka Nomi looks at the links between
blood classifications and health. Mick Corliss reports.
520: Like a rock
Climbing instructor Luke Kearns gets a grip on Tokyo's best indoor climbing
516: The personal touch
Madonna and Matsui aren't the only ones who need help staying fit. Hanna
Kite pumps it up with the top personal trainers in Tokyo.
514: From here to maternity
Kavitha Rao turns to a handful of Tokyo experts to track down baby basics
for nervous expat mothers-to-be.
502: Tour de Morton, part deux
Don Morton gets back on two wheels for a leisurely ride out toward Haneda
From rugby to roller hockey, Tokyo is teeming with sports
clubs for the expat athlete. Rob Smaal shows you how to get
in the game.
|The Tokyo Crusaders have
been battling it out across Japan and Asia for 13 years
With summer just around the corner, its time to dig
your old baseball cleats out of the closet, strap on the roller-blades,
or maybe dust off the ten-speed and get out for a ride. No
matter your sport of choice, you can be sure that Tokyo has
a club, group or team that will cater to your athletic needs.
Of course, there are many golf courses that have become more
foreigner-friendly of late, and there are activities such
as tennis, water skiing and river rafting readily available,
but for now well focus on some of the team sports that
welcome non-Japanese participants.
Here, then, are just a few of the activities you might want
to take a crack at this summer, along with contact information
to put you in touch with like-minded individuals and groups.
If, by chance, your sport is not mentioned here, be sure to
check out section 14.3 in the classified ads at the back of
The Tokyo International Softball League has been providing
expats living in Japan with their weekend slo-pitch fix for
about 30 years now. Many of the teams are stocked with weekend
warriors from all across North America, with a few Japanese
teams thrown into the mix and even an Aussie or South African
dotting the rosters here and there. The action takes place
at Tama Hills, a US military recreational facility about 30-40
minutes (depending on traffic, of course) west of central
Tokyo by car. The nearest train station is Minami-Tama on
the JR Nambu Line.
The season runs from March to late October, so anyone interested
in getting on a teamor even forming a team for next
seasonshould contact league commissioner Marc Fuoti
at email@example.com or Mike
Faas (tel: 090-9802-5641, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Another venerable club,
the Tokyo Eagles baseball squad celebrates its 20th anniversary
Another ball club that welcomes overseas players is the Tokyo
Eagles, a team made up of Americans, Canadians, Japanese
about anybody whos game for a game. These guys play
a more traditional form of baseball, the biggest difference
being that they use a restricted-flight rubber ball instead
of a regulation hardball. Make no mistake, though: it still
hurts when you get hit by a pitch. The Eagles play throughout
the Tokyo area on weekends and national holidays, primarily
against Japanese company teams.
You can learn more about the Eagles at their website (www.stormpages.com/tokyoeagles/index.html),
and the team can be contacted through Steve Harrell by email
Dash with the Hash
The Hash House Harriers bill themselves as the worlds
most eccentric running club. Seeing as their members
bear nicknames like Master Shafter and Dripping Wet Muscle,
well take their word for it._@The drinking club
with a running problem was initially formed back in
1938 by a British accountant in Kuala Lumpur as a means of
getting over hangovers
and then creating new ones. Since
then, the basic aim of the club has remained the same, but
the HHH has ballooned in size to about 1,700 groups in more
than 180 countries worldwide. The Tokyo branch of the Hash
House Harriers has several runs a week, all with varying themes
and routes. The common thread, however, seems to be having
a good time. All levels and ages are welcome, and for more
information on upcoming runs, check out the groups website
Getting your kicks
If socceror football, as the purists like to point outis
more your style, theres no shortage of teams well stocked
with gaijin in the Tokyo area. The British Football Club is
one of the most well-known and established expat soccer teams
in Tokyo, having been formed back in 1980. The BFC actually
fields two teams now, with some of the veterans
having moved on to the BFC Vagabonds squad.
The BFC teams take part in the recently formed Tokyo Metropolis
League, which also features sides stocked with Dutch, Scottish,
French and Swiss players. If youd like more info on
the British Football Club, go to the teams website (www.bfctokyo.com).
For news on the league and links to the various teams, check
If rugby is more your bag, baby, you might want to hook up
with the Tokyo Crusaders. The team was established 13 years
ago by a group of rugby-mad expats, and includes everyone
from traders to teachers, from Kiwis to Canucks. According
to the teams website (www.tokyocrusaders.com), The
Cru welcome new players of all sizes, shapes and IQs.
|The Crusaders counterparts
include the Tokyo Gaijin Rugby Football Club and Tokyo
The Crusaders play in both the Shuto League and the Spring
Construction League in the Tokyo area, but they also travel
extensively throughout Japan and the rest of Asia taking part
in friendly exhibitions and tournaments. For more on the Cru,
contact Tim Openshaw at 03-5640-0637 or 090-2745-7150, or
by email at email@example.com.
Other expat rugby teams in the Kanto area include the Tokyo
Gaijin Rugby Football Club (website www.tokyogaijin.com;
and the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club, whose tours have
taken the squad to South America and Africa. For more information
on the YCAC rugby team, contact Fraser Jamieson at 03-3769-5511,
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer your football in tank tops and tight shorts,
then maybe the Tokyo Goannas are for you. The Goannasand
their female counterparts, the Tokyo Geckosplay a brand
of football commonly known as Aussie Rules (although if youve
ever seen these guys wallop each other, you might get the
impression it should be Very Few Rules). The Goannas are members
of the Japan Australian Football League, and you can learn
more about the team at their website (www.tokyogoannas.com)
or by contacting them directly by email at email@example.com.
Gaien Chiefs keep in-line hockey buffs rolling in the
Courtesy of Gaien Chiefs Hockey Club
There are a few places to play in-line hockey (otherwise known
as roller hockey) in the Tokyo area, ranging from informal
pickup games to well-organized leagues and tournaments. If
youre just out for a casual game and a little weekend
exercise, you can hook up with a group of foreign and Japanese
players who get together Sunday afternoons at 2pm in the Jingu-Gaienmae
area. The game takes place on Icho-namiki Dori, which is blocked
off to traffic on Sundays.
Other informal games take place in Komazawa Park (look for
the Chuo Hiroba area near the outdoor swimming pool next to
Komazawa Dori) weekends after 4pm and Tuesday and Wednesday
evenings after 5pm. A higher level of play can be found near
the Narimasu Danchi apartment complex (a 10-minute bus ride
from Narimasu Station on the Tobu-Tojo Line), where the action
takes place on an outdoor skating rink in Dai-ichi Park. Games
usually start around 2pm on most weekends. For more serious
competition, check out www.inline-hockey.org
(mostly in Japanese).
and just plain runners
The Tokyo Street Hockey Association (www.tokyohockey.com)
is an informal group of hockey lovers who basically play roller
hockey, only without the roller blades. (Remember Wayne and
Garth back in the Waynes World days?) They take to the
streets (well, the parks anyway) Sunday afternoons all year
round (weather permitting), tossing their sticks into the
pot and dividing up into teams. All you really need is a hockey
stick, a good pair of sneakers, a lot of energy
good pair of gloves wouldnt hurt either. Check out their
website for more details and contact information.
The ultimate workout
A cross between touch football and a Grateful Dead concert,
ultimate Frisbee has grown from a fringe activity to a sport
with its own governing federation and world rankings in the
past few years. If you think you might have been a German
shepherd in a previous life, then join the disc-chasers who
gather on the banks of the Tama River on Sunday afternoons.
The nearest station is Futako Tamagawa, which can be accessed
via the Denentoshi (Hanzomon) and Oimachi lines. Head down
to the river and look for the flying objects. Bring your own
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