The gym! This has been a critical part of my lifestyle and balance for over 20 years so, wherever I moved, the first thing I look for, even before accepting a job or taking a housing, is checking on the options for gym.
Tokyo is no different and possibly even more critical. So, soon as I landed, my 1st week end objective was to visit the gym I had identified on the internet. I started exercising at the club located downstairs my temporary apartment but could get the paperwork completed fast at the other one and started.
Since then, despite of the workload and the travel, they have seen me 2 to 5 times a week. This is a class only club and I would take 2 to 3 classes in a row at week ends.
Taeko San was a great teacher, smiling, fun to work out with. Her and a few other members taught me how to create paper cranes in origami. I was so sad to find out she had left when I came back from an extensive period of travel this fall to only find out that she was pregnant, so very happy for her and great to see her accidentally last October!
Hagimoto San is a fantastic body balance instructor and although he does not know, I learnt so much Japanese thanks to him. Thanks to him, I now know the verb forms (masu, masen, masho, aru, te etc…), sonomama, kamaimasen, sutte, haitte, isho desu, dekireba. Repeating weekly the same thing can be boring for him but for me, great lesson!
Sara was very good with CX worx, I missed her when she left,
I did not get much opportunity to join Nina San’s classes as always fully booked but I know members love him and he always would wave hello to me.
Yuji San gave me a lot of energy, always fun, always joking, always on! What a character. Remember “amari, anne marie?” 😉. It was great to bump into him at our Shbam live day last October and congratulate the new father he has become
I then added body jam and improved my synchronization thanks to Hiro, Marina, Kazu, and Yaco. It is fun, good music, one hour of sweating and focusing on your moves
In Japan, whatever Japanese do, they do full on so at the gym, people would come every day, attend multiple classes every time and come over uber mega equipped with matching attires, gym bag, mini bag, oxygen bottled water and all the rest. You guys also influenced me on this and I upgraded my outfits and shoes after observing you in action! You also study and care for whichever class, very remarkable
On top of this, I created my mini network there, Yoka, Yuka, Taeko and her husband, Maki and her husband, Sophie, Monica, Anna Lena, Julie and many more whose names I don’t know, sorry.
This is the place where I felt integrated, appreciated, respected and where I learnt a lot of Japanese
I felt very sad to cancel my membership. I will be back on drop in mode soon as Inget a chance to come to Tokyo. You contributed heavily to my wellbeing and happiness in Tokyo and I cannot thank you enough for that. I will miss you