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Black-tie dinner to celebrate Cambridge University’s 800th anniversary, Saturday June 13, 2009, Hotel Okura

We are no longer accepting applications to attend this event.

Reception from 17:30 (Main Lobby, Honkan 5F)
Aperitifs in the Okura Shukokan Museum, 18:30 - 19:30
Seated Full-course Dinner, Akebono-no-ma, 19:45 - 21:45
Cheese, Wine and Brandy, Baron Okura, 22:00 - midnight

Attendance fees:
Aperitifs and Dinner only: 10,000 yen
Aperitifs, Dinner and After-Dinner Drinks: 15,000 yen

If you would like to attend this special event, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org) by June 6th. Members are welcome to invite one guest each.

Full payment is required in advance; the Society’s bank account details will be sent to those who apply. There will be no refunds for late cancellers or no-shows, who will in addition be charged for the Society's subsidy paid on their behalf (around 50%).

Outing to Mt Takao and Dinner at Ukai Toriyama, Saturday, May 23

Join us for our annual outing to Mt Takao followed by dinner at Ukai Toriyama. Replies to Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org).

Oxbridge vs. Waseda University Boxing Match followed by a Reception at the Rihga Royal Hotel, Saturday, April 4

An Oxbridge vs. Waseda Varsity Boxing Match will be held at Waseda University from 11:30 to 15:30 (doors open at 11:00). This will be followed by a reception at the Rihga Royal Hotel (17:30 – 19:30).

Both events are free of charge; please note that only the first 25 applications to attend the reception can be accepted. Members are welcome to bring guests to the match, but the reception is open only to members.

If you would like to attend, please contact Mr Daisuke Asaga (da1suke[at]hello[dot]odn[dot]ne[dot]jp) by Thursday, 2nd April. Directions will be sent to those who sign up.

2009 Spring Golf Outing to Hodogaya Golf Club

At one of the golfing establishments with the longest and most distinguished histories in Japan, it was with a real sense of anticipation that the serried ranks of the C&O Golfing Society gathered at the kind invitation of member Peter Sato (Oxford, St Catherine's) in the early morning mist at Hodogaya CC (established 1921), on Saturday 28th of March, 2009. There was history in the event, too, as 2009 also marked the 20th year since we have extant records for the C&O Varsity golf match, which itself was first held at Hodogaya CC.

The Spring outing each year, for many, marks the first time in the season that the Guttie Percha ball is given its first chance of flight, and equal opportunity to raise (and then sometimes dash) the members' perennial hopes and aspirations for the golf of the summer to come. This year was no exception, with the course's Official Starter seeing off the assembled three flights of four off at 8.06am. A full and varied repertoire of tee shots was on display, aptly illustrating the group's immunity to the cold, as each addressed a tricky par four fairway that steeply fell away then disappeared around on a dog-leg left to an elevated green.

We were fortunate to be treated kindly by the weather, with an overcast day never threatening anything more ominous. With the course set up as a tough challenge, it was with the usual animated discussion regarding the lucky bounces, or just-short approaches, the regretful "it-almost-carried-the-water" and "if-only-I'd-not-duffed-that second-approach" -commentary that characterise any meeting of the Society, that a heartening lunch was taken in the wood-panelled Dining Room in the late morning, which set up the eight members from Oxford, and three from Cambridge, and one guest (Mari Ohsaki, James Lawden's (Oxford, New) guest) for the afternoon's action. With the greens running surprisingly fast for the time of year, and the fairways in superb condition, each four-ball returned with tales of fickle fortune, and a unifying satisfaction of being out for another Good Walk Spoiled.

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Reception for combined Oxford & Cambridge Rugby Team, March 23, 2009 (18:30 - 21:00)/Rugby Matches on March 22 and 28

Information about this event has been sent to members. If you would like to attend, please reply by Wednesday, March 18 to Tim Minton: tdminton[at]gmail[dot]com rather than the usual Camford e-mail address. Please note that we can accept only 35 applications to attend this event.

The team will be playing matches against All Kanto Gakuin (14:00, Sunday, March 22nd) All Keio (14:00, Saturday, March 28th) at Mitsuzawa Stadium, Yokohama
( We have reserved blocks of seats for both matches. If you would like to join us, please contact Tim Minton by 20th for the match against Kanto Gakuin, and by 26th for the match against Keio.

Tickets for each match are 2,000 yen (payable on the day); details will be sent to those who sign up.

Guided tour of the Mori Art Museum's exhibition Chalo! India, drinks in the Mado Lounge and dinner at Bali Café Putri

Monday, 16th February 2009
Exhibition and drinks: 18:00 – 20:00
Dinner: 20:30 – 22:30

The Mori Art Museum is located on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, and the Mado Lounge is one floor below. Bali Café Putri is in Roppongi Hills Hillside (B1), which is adjacent to the Mori Tower.

Museum entry: 1,000 yen (normal admission fee: 1,500 yen); this includes access to the Sky Deck on the roof of the Mori Tower
Mado Lounge: cash bar
Dinner: 5,000 yen
(Late cancellers and no-shows will be charged for any expenses incurred on their behalf by the Society.)

If you wish to take part in one or both parts of this event, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at] by Thursday, February 12.

‘Odaiba Day’ onsen and BBQ

Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 13:30 – 18:30

A visit to Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( formed part of the programme for the Centenary celebrations in 2005, and we made a repeat visit as part of ‘Odaiba Day’ last year. This year, the onsen visit will begin at 1.30 p.m. Oedo Onsen Monogatari houses a selection of different pools with various mineral compositions, as well as an outdoor pool. There are separate areas for ladies and gentlemen, and an amusing Edo-style theme restaurant area inside the complex adds to the fun. The Onsen visit will be followed by a catered barbecue in nearby Kaihin Park, which overlooks Rainbow Bridge. This part of the programme will begin at around 4.00 p.m. Details will be sent to those who apply to attend.

The charges, which are payable on the day, are ¥2,800 for admission to Oedo Onsen Monogatari, and ¥4,000 for the barbecue (covers both food and drinks). Please note that no-shows/late cancellers will be billed for any costs incurred on their behalf by the Society.

Members are welcome to invite guests. If you would like to attend, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org) by Monday, September 8th, making it clear whether you wish to attend both parts of the programme or only one.

Buffet Dinner at Mitsubishi Club, 11th July, 2008

11th July, 2008, 18:30 to 21:00
Mitsubishi Shoji Building (21st Floor), 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Club is a private and very exclusive club which was founded in 1973 by the 29 Mitsubishi group companies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the group. In this context, only VIP members of the 29 Mitsubishi group companies can use this club. On this occasion, Buhei Okumura (Trinity, Cambridge 1954), one of our honorary secretaries, kindly arranged for C&O members and their guests to be given access to Mitsubishi Club for our Society’s main July event.

Mitsubishi Club 2008 Group PhotoMitsubishi Club 2008 Group Photo
Mitsubishi Club is located on the 21st floor (the top floor, about 100 metres above ground level) of the new Mitsubishi Shoji Building. Mitsubishi Shoji (Mitsubishi Corporation) is one of the leading members of the Mitsubishi Club. The new Mitsubishi Shoji Building was completed on 31st March, 2006, and is located just behind the Marunouchi Building (Maru Biru) near Tokyo Station. When we entered the party room, which was a self-contained area of the Club, we were astonished by the spectacular view of the Imperial Palace.
Mitsubishi Club 2008 Group Photo 2Mitsubishi Club 2008 Group Photo 2
After half an hour or so of sociable conversation and of enjoying the wonderful views, Bu Okumura gave a speech of welcome, in which he briefly talked about Mitsubishi Club. Actually, 37 people had signed up for the party, but three of them failed to show up. Among the 34 attendees, there were 7 guests, including a young undergraduate, Mr Yuki Kato (a guest of Julian Culliford), who had just finished his first academic year at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is spending his summer holiday at home. Also, a member of the Harvard Club of Japan, Mr. Paul Greenberg, attended our party as a guest of Giovanni Bianchi (Christ Church, Oxford 2000). The assembled party enjoyed animated conversation over a buffet dinner, wine and other drinks. At the end of the party, Terry Nakamura (Worcester, Oxford 1964), Honorary Secretary, introduced a new member, John Yamamoto-Wilson (Magdalene, Cambridge 1971), and then Huw Williams (Clare, Cambridge 1980) spoke of a BBQ party planned on Saturday, 13 September 2008 at Odaiba.
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Buffet Dinner at Mitsubishi Club, Friday, July 11, 2008

Mr Buhei Okumura has kindly arranged for C&O members and their guests to be given access to Mitsubishi Club on Friday, 11th June for our main July event. Mitsubishi Club’s new premises are on the 21st floor of the Mitsubishi Shoji Building in Marunouchi; detailed directions will be sent to those who sign up for this event.

Mitsubishi Shoji Building (21st Floor), 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3216-5361

Attendance fee: 8,000 yen (Payment required in advance; account details will be sent to those who apply to attend. No-shows and cancellations after the closing date will not be refunded.)

If you would like to attend, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org) by Tuesday, 8th July.

Extra Event: A Visit to the Mori Art Musuem, July 2nd, 18:00 - 20:00

C&O member Mr Yoshio Karita has kindly arranged for members to be given a guided tour of the Mori Art Museum’s exhibition History in the Making: A Retrospective of the Turner Prize. The tour will be followed by drinks in the Mado Lounge.

Mori Art Museum: 53rd floor, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
Mado Lounge: 52nd floor

Information about the exhibition can be found at

Entry to the museum is free of charge to those registered for this event (the normal admission fee is 1,500 yen); the Mado Lounge will operate a cash bar. The number of applications we can accept for this event is limited, so only one guest per member will be allowed.

Please note that the guided tour will begin at 6 p.m.

If you would like to take part in this event, please contact Tim Minton by June 29th (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org).

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