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One day the Brennan boys—Thomas, 13, and Andrew, 11—can be found playing soccer at Tokyo American Club’s outdoor play area. Another day they might be in the full-size gymnasium shooting hoops with friends, or in a karate class, practicing their kata moves. Since moving to Japan last year, the whole Brennan family has embraced club life.

“We joined the club because it felt familiar to us, being very similar to our club back home, and we knew it would make the transition to Japan easier for us and our children,” says Shannon Brennan.

“Thomas and Andrew began playing squash several years ago and thankfully are able to continue taking lessons at the club. My husband is also an avid squash player and uses the courts regularly with our sons. He recently joined the Golf Group and is looking forward to playing golf when the weather gets warmer.”

The Brennans are among dozens of families that have joined the club in the last year or so, as the organization’s international membership has rebounded from the impact of the global financial crisis and the 2011 Tohoku disaster.

Reduced entrance fee campaigns, which end on June 30, have helped boost member numbers to the current level of almost 3,800.

Like the Brennans, many members are drawn to the club by its world-class facilities, including a rooftop pool, bowling alley, golf simulators, library, childcare center, and spa, as well as a host of other fitness, cultural, and educational programs.

Members also enjoy access to five high-quality restaurants, a sports bar, as well as finely tuned business-related functions, events, and meetings, all located in downtown Tokyo.

But the club is also about being part of a vibrant community for families like the Brennans. Joining the club’s Women’s Group, for example, allowed Shannon to make new friends and settle into life in Tokyo.

“I have done various tours with the group, both on my own and with my family, as well as volunteered for things like the ‘Tokyo: Here & Now’ seminar to help others who are just arriving in Tokyo,” she says.

“I just started taking classes to learn various Japanese arts such as ikebana [flower arrangement]. It not only gives me something interesting to do, but it gives me the chance to learn about Japanese culture.”

For more information about joining Tokyo American Club and the changes in entrance fees from July 1, contact the Membership Office at 03-4588-0687 or