FEW 35th Anniversary Bonenkai: FEWturistic

On Friday, December 9, over 75 FEW members, guests, partners and supporters came together at The Classica Omotesando to  celebrate at FEW’s 35th Anniversary Bonenkai: FEWTuristic. The evening provided a great opportunity to reflect on the past 35 years of FEW, celebrate the stories, successes and connections made throughout 2016, and toast to a prosperous FEWture. You […]

Published on 11th December 2016

Volunteer with Mirai no Mori

FEW Community Services Partner, Mirai no Mori, is seeking support with the following: Bonenkai: Our Bonenkai will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016. All of us at Mirai no Mori are looking forward to seeing you soon! Sign up here Back to Nature Events: Corporate sponsors needed for weekend activities with disadvantaged youth. Global Giving Campaign: Help Mirai […]

Published on 30th November 2016

Help 2HJ Celebrate Japan’s First “Food Bank Day“

November 23rd is the first annual “Food Bank Day” in Japan. This date was chosen because it is also “Labor Thanksgiving Day,” which was traditionally a day when neighbors would share with others in the post-war period. Going further back, it was a time to celebrate the annual harvest. Give thanks for labor and food […]

Published on 30th November 2016

How I Got Here: Helen Lewis MA (Oxon)

I teach English to young people in Japan. I help them hold conversations and write in their non-native language more clearly, gracefully and confidently. I hope the skills they practice with me help them engage more deeply with the world. It sounds so simple, but it has actually taken me a long time to really […]

Published on 30th November 2016

Welcome New Board Member: Raena Murakami

We’re pleased to welcome Raena Murakami as FEW’s newest board member, starting on January 1st. She will take on the Public Relations & Communications Co-Director role from Petra Canan Trudell, who is moving back home to the U.S. after serving for 1 1/2 years on the FEW Board. We’d like to thank Petra for her […]

Published on 30th November 2016

FEW 35th Anniversary Call for Video Submissions

In celebration of FEW’s 35th Anniverasary, we are putting together a compliation of video messages from our members, partners and supporters which will be screened at our upcoming Bonenkai: FEWturistic on Friday, December 9. We invite you to join us in this project by submitting a short video. Videos should be: 20 seconds maximum (we reserve the […]

Published on 28th November 2016

November Meeting Recap: From Buffy to the Bloodsucking 2016 Election: The Path to Female Empowerment

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern In the wake of the 2016 American presidential election, we welcomed Fran Rubel Kuzui, a movie director and producer, to our meeting on November 10th to discuss female empowerment. From Tokyo Pop to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ms. Kuzui has paved the way for not just fictional […]

Published on 26th November 2016

Special Event Recap: Be Heard – How to use Strategic Marketing to Stand out Above the Noise with Linda Popky

On Tuesday, November 15, a group of 16 female entrepreneurs gathered for a workshop with Linda Popky to learn more about how to be heard above the noise and work towards a marketing strategy that makes you stand out of the crowd. Linda Popky, founder and president of Leverage2Market Associates, which transforms organizations through powerful […]

Published on 21st November 2016

November 2016 Partner Tips

1.) Divya Marie Kato: So You Think You Can’t Draw? Happy November friends. As summer leaves us for autumn, we’re transitioning too. Nature leading the way with change. A reflective time for cooling down, wrapping up warm and looking ahead to what winter months will bring and brewing plans for 2017. This year, I’ve been […]

Published on 31st October 2016

How I Got Here: Mary Fidler

I still remember my first experience with FEW. As a longterm resident of Japan, I’d had to say goodbye to many good friends over the years as they moved on to other places or returned home. I had also just quit my 9 to 5 job to pursue a creative career in jewelry design. The […]

Published on 30th October 2016

October 2016 Meeting Recap: Kimono & Modernity

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Our second meeting of the year took place on October 13 where we explored the culture of the kimono with Dr. Sheila Cliffe, kimono specialist and professor at Jumonji University, and Chizuko Takahashi and Tomoko Yoshida of Kimono Tango, a small women-run company that recycles kimono obi […]

Published on 19th October 2016

September 2016 Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: Your Business: Offers, Challenges and Needs

FEW Women’s Startup Club (WSC) “Took Off” for its third year on Wednesday, September 28. We were delighted to welcome Tanja Bach, Carolyn Pieroway and Melanie Uematsu as the new WSC Committee for the 2016-2017 FEW year. Thirty attendees, either already operating a small business or who just have a germ or an idea, met in Hiroo to introduce their […]

Published on 3rd October 2016

How I Got Here: Petra Canan Trudell

I’ll never forget the moment I found out we were moving to Japan because I nearly burned dinner. While my husband and I had been looking to move out of the United States and out of our native Michigan, Asia wasn’t on our radar. It just seemed too far, too hard, too removed from everything […]

Published on 30th September 2016

RISE – A Workshop with Divya Marie Kato and Sarah Furuya Recap

By Tanja Kinnen, FEW Special Events Director Earlier this month, about 12 members of the FEW community gathered for a special workshop, RISE, with Strategic Partners Divya Marie Kato and Sarah Furuya. The workshop expanded on the RISE activity members worked on during CSS earlier this year. The key question asked, as the dynamic duo Sarah and […]

Published on 27th September 2016

September 2016 Meeting Recap: Inclusion Starts with “I”

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The new FEW year kicked off on September 8th, as members and guests came together for our monthly meeting where we learned what diversity and inclusion can do for us in our workplaces and communities. Our guest speaker was Janelle Sasaki, a third generation Japanese-American who is […]

Published on 27th September 2016
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