How I got here : Alexandra Morrow

  Growing up with itchy feet in a tiny village in eastern Germany I always hoped I will travel the world and live in lots of different places. My international journey started when I decided to move to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 23 to learn English. Fast forward 20 years and I have […]

Published on 3rd July 2018

How I Got Here: Armanda Smit

When I was younger and had to choose a university, all I knew was that I had to learn ‘something international.’ So, I went to an Institute for International Studies, learned about doing business across different cultures, and lived in France and Cuba. Afterwards, I worked in several international companies and became a Sustainability Consultant. […]

Published on 5th June 2018

How I Got Here: Mari Kiyota

I came to Tokyo in 2016, after university graduation and working as an immigration assistant in the Washington, D.C. area of the U.S. I initially planned to stay for a year, study some Japanese and travel – I never imagined I’d fall in love with my life here so much. I knew early on that […]

Published on 4th April 2018

How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen

I first came to Japan as a study abroad exchange student. That year changed my life, even though at first I didn’t know it would. I was supposed to become a journalist in Finland, since that was what I loved to do – looking for information, interviewing people, writing articles about unique encounters you have. […]

Published on 28th February 2018

How I Got Here: Jodi Harris

Despite growing up in a small town in Texas, I always knew I would live overseas. I was the kid staring at maps, spinning globes and looking out at the field behind my house wondering what would happen if I just started walking into the horizon. My husband and I first lived in Japan during […]

Published on 31st January 2018

How I Got Here: Victoria Close

Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I respond to the question, “So, how long have you lived in Japan?” Twenty years sounds like a long time. A VERY long time. But actually it feels like the blink of an eye, even though in those two decades I got married, gave birth to two children, […]

Published on 1st January 2018

How I Got Here: Alicia Narusé

After leaving my home town of Taipei, Taiwan, to study aboard in the United States at age 10, I received an American education from middle school all the way to university. Since I was a child, I was talented in sketching and painting. I didn’t know then I would use my art skills to make […]

Published on 30th November 2017

How I Got Here: Aya McCrindle

In my life, I’ve experience five personal ‘tsunamis’ that threatened to leave me broken, but instead gave me strength and led to the creation of the Find Your Element Workshop, a 12 week creative evening program that takes participants on a step by step journey of self-awareness and exploration. I was 24 when the first […]

Published on 30th October 2017

How I Got Here: Joanna Sato

I look through the windows of my Japanese home at the cityscape of Tokyo and I see how my life has been a series of navigating varied landscapes. The landscape I inhabit now is very different from the one of my hometown in the south of Poland, where my journey began. I first left home […]

Published on 30th June 2017

How I Got Here: Yoshiko Takiguchi

“I wish I could be a part of such an energizing community!” I first learned about FEW when they held a special event at my work place, H&R Roppongi, and that was my first impression. I was born and raised in Saitama, Japan, but I chose to go to university in the United States, hoping […]

Published on 31st May 2017

How I Got Here: Nina Cataldo

Becoming a young international professional was perhaps fate (or en, 縁). I’m half Japanese and was born in Tokyo, but primarily grew up in the United States. As a college student, I spent a semester back in Japan, but during this time, I felt there was no place for me, nor potential for a career, […]

Published on 2nd May 2017

How I Got Here: Tanja Bach

Ever been asked “What do you do?” My answer: “I empower people to become the best version of themselves.” As a coach and facilitator, I am lucky to do what I love by enabling leaders, teams, entrepreneurs and anyone with a dream to realize their potential and be the best version of themselves. I like […]

Published on 1st April 2017

How I Got Here: Tia Haygood

If you were to tell me that I would be an entrepreneur in a country 11,000 kilometers from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, I would have laughed. Yet here I am running my own business, TopTia Photography. I officially moved to Japan in 2011 as an English teacher, biding my time before graduate school. […]

Published on 1st March 2017

How I Got Here: Philomena Keet

It’s not without a sense of irony that I find myself settled in Tokyo with my Japanese husband and two children, writing about Japan for a living and wondering when we will ever make it back to England. My first love affair with a country as a schoolgirl was in fact with Japan’s fractious neighbor […]

Published on 1st February 2017

How I Got Here: Megumi Moss

I am founder and CEO of CareFinder (www.carefinder.jp), a bilingual babysitter matching website operated in Japan. I have done a number of things before CareFinder. In my early twenties, I studied fashion and business in London. After realizing that fashion wasn’t for me, I traveled a bit and took the Trans-Siberian Railroad back to Japan. […]

Published on 1st January 2017
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