Michael VanZandt Family Scholarship


This project was launched to honor the memory of our beloved friend Michael Van Zandt, who suddenly passed away in July 2021 at the age of 52. He leaves behind his beloved wife Naoko, and his two adorable daughters, Hannah, and Anne.

 Hannah is 18 years old. Mike was in the process of dropping her off for her freshman year at her college when he suddenly contracted COVID.

Anne is 16 years old and an 11th grader at an International School, the school she and Hannah have attended since they were small.

 Mike’s completely unexpected passing has left the family with significant education costs they are unable to cover without our help. Funds raised will be used to pay for Hannah’s tuition, room and board through graduation, and for Anne’s last two years at her international school and her college tuition thereafter.

All of Mike’s many friends were stunned when Hannah announced on Facebook that her father was a victim of the pandemic. Hundreds of messages from around the world poured in within hours. They reminded us of Mike's wonderful personality, his generosity, his compassion, humor, and warmth. His passing leaves all of us with a hole that cannot be filled, but the pain and fear for the future is particularly acute for his family.

We hope that through this crowdfunding we can lift some of the burden from the shoulders of Naoko, Hannah and Anne, and show our everlasting appreciation for the joy, laughter and support that Mike brought us during his lifetime.

For those of you who want to contribute through US bank account with tax deduction, please donate through this link:


-For Hannah, enter the ugift code:  F1S-N9Z 

-For Anne, enter the ugift code:


Thank you for joining us.

このプロジェクトは、先日まだ52歳の若さにして愛妻Naoko、愛娘のHannahとAnneを残して急逝した我等の愛すべき友人であるMichael VanZandtを追悼しご家族を支援するためMikeの友人有志が立ち上げたものです。












-For Hannah, enter the ugift code: F1S-N9Z 

-For Anne, enter the ugift code:






 Tel: 090-4135−8368

           Takuya Ito

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    If you prefer US tax deduction, pleas donate through Plan 529 posted on Mike's Facebook. This donation is not tax deductible under Japanese Tax law.

    Donor Wall33

    Akria Tsukamoto

    We miss your jokes.

    Demir Sadikoglu

    David Finley | $100

    Shinji Amano

    奥様、お嬢様、 心よりお悔やみ申し上げます。 Mike とは、福居健さんを通じてお知り合いになりました、大変素敵な人で魅了されたことを昨日のように記憶しています。ありがとうございました。

    Frankie | ¥50,000

    I wish all the best for the family in such a difficult time. We all appreciated his time in the B&B, and his support in business.

    Tsuyoshi Terashi

    Adam Handler | ¥50,000

    Mike was a wonderful person and I am happy to help his family.

    Richard Cohen | ¥100,000

    Mike, the good you did in life lives on.

    Mark Rappaport

    Mike was a class act and will be sorely missed. So sorry for your loss.

    Anonymous | ¥100,000

    Sincerest condolences to Mike's family. From the day we first met, Mike insisted that we were "brothers from another mother," simply because I'm Dutch and Mike loved his heritage and he loved connecting with people. He was generous and humble, ready to live larger than life, and willing to learn and serve in small roles as well as big ones. I will miss his presence, yet will carry with me the inspiration and example he gave in the past years. I am glad to see he touched so many others in a similar way. I wish his family strength and peace in this time of loss.

    Hiromi Lau

    Naoko-san, I would like to send my condolences to you on the loss of your husband.

    Steven Georgelis

    Mark | ¥50,000

    Mike was a fantastic soul and will be greatly missed. He was always so willing to help his approach was warm and inviting.

    Claus Eilersen | ¥100,000

    With warm memories of Mike

    Anonymous | ¥100,000

    We are very sorry for your loss.

    Yoav Keidar

    Pete | ¥25,000

    I did not know Mike well and never met him outside of TAC. He always expressed interest in one’s ideas, one’s family and one’s dreams. I never knew him to be anything but positive, cheerful and supportive. A true man of the people whose presence at the club will be sorely missed. My condolences to Naoko, Hannah and Anne.

    Shunsuke Suzuki


    Takuya Ito

    May Wang

    Vanessa | ¥50,000

    花の今の気持ちを考えたら、どんな言葉をかけてよいのか分からないほどです。お父様のご冥福を心よりお祈り申し上げます。Hannah, I send you and your family so much love.

    Jon Malamud | ¥100,000

    Michael was a special man and a good soul. His passing is a tragedy for all who knew him. His wit and temperament were quite inviting and it is hard to know he is not with us any longer

    和美 福室

    マイクは、ワインコミティにジョインしたばかりの何も判らない私にとても気遣いと優しく接してくださいました。 同じく私も最愛の父を亡くし途方に暮れましたが、遺族の皆様におかれましては今は時間が解決することを信じてください。 これからもいつも皆様を見守っていてくれます。。 ご冥福をお祈りします。

    Robert Rann | ¥50,000

    Michael, you were a guy that made a difference in life and were a true friend! I hope this small gift will help your family endure your loss and remind them of the amazing man you were. You will truly be missed. RIP my brother. I will miss you until we meet again in heaven.


    Mike is going to be eternally missed! He was such a bright spot for everyone who came into contact with him and helped create / shares more laughs that can be counted. The entire family is in our prayers and Mike will live on in all of your and our hearts.

    Paul | ¥100,000

    I didn’t know Mike personally but he was a good friend of many people close to me here in Tokyo. Clearly Mike was a special guy who made quite an impact on those around him. With condolences to Mike’s wife and daughters from our family.

    Terry | ¥100,000

    Eric Hamilton

    Ferda Gelegen

    We will miss Mike immensely. Our deepest condolences to the whole family.