How I Got Here: Alicia Narusé

Alicia_Profile Photo_squareAfter 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 a career, but somehow, I never stopped practicing art. In my teenage years, I dreamed about becoming a doctor or a musician, but in reality, my art skills earned me a spot at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York – one of the best art and design schools in the United States. At Pratt, I majored in Industrial Design and learned to design and create drafts and 3D modeling.

In 2012, I married the love of my life, who was born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan. My husband is a musician, a business man, a loving father, and also my business partner. After I gave birth to my daughter, who is now 3 years old, we decided to move to Tokyo and follow in the footsteps of my father, who had been in the furniture business for over 35 years. In 2015, we established our first brand, Paradiddle Lifestyle, named after my husband’s favorite drum rudiment. As the fun name suggests, we want to bring life into furniture business through a fresh, responsible approach to tailored, trendy design. In order to honor my father’s life work, we named our company to Bloomville, Inc. (est. 2015), integrating my father’s company name, Bloominglands Co., Ltd. (est. 1993).

In January 2017 , I discovered FEW and became a member. My goal was to learn from other women and mothers and expand my networking here in Tokyo. Throughout this year, FEW has offered me information I wouldn’t know where to look for and friends who I deeply cherish.

Learn more about Paradiddle here and Bloomville here. You can also check out Paradiddle’s year end sale here.


Q&A with Rina Bovrisse, activist and founder of the Chateau School

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting – The Accidental Activist : From Chanel to Governor of Tokyo? – we’re featuring a quick Q&A with speaker Rina Bovrisse. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us for an insightful discussion next Wednesday, September 12, as Rina […]

Published on 9th September 2018

Insider Intel on the Japan Market Expansion Competition

When the opportunity to apply for a Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) scholarship through FEW arose, FEW members Jane Szafraniec (pictured center left) and Nina Cataldo (pictured center) jumped at the opportunity. To understand the full extent of why this was such an amazing space to be in, they’ve shared what JMEC is, their experiences […]

Published on 7th September 2018

Event Recap: TELL & FEW Presents The Feminine Eye

On Saturday, August 8th, a group of 11 people interested in learning more about photography gathered at the National Art Center in Roppongi for a women-led photo walk by Selena Hoy, TELL Outreach Coordinator and FEW Community Services Director Tia Haygood, who also is a professional photographer of TopTia Photography.

Published on 3rd September 2018

September 2018 Strategic Partner Member Offers & Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners and other FEW Community Events here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also […]

Published on 27th August 2018

How I got Here: Kirsten O’Connor

  I decided at age 7, quite resolutely that I wanted to be a teacher. All my decisions thereafter created the path to a teaching qualification, a first teaching post in London, a promotion and then the biggest decision of all – to apply for a teaching job overseas. In Japan no less. Accepting a […]

Published on 27th August 2018

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