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 Jackie F. Steele and Megumi Ishimoto

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, and Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us […]

Published on 14th March 2018

March Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners 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 provide professional and personal services […]

Published on 1st March 2018

February Meeting Recap: Survivor – How to Overcome Adversity

You never know where life is going to take you. That was the message from our February guest speaker, Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa, who has had a decades-long career as a fashion stylist, make-up artist, and fashion show director in New York and Japan. She shared her personal experiences dealing with bi-polar disorder and gave her candid advice to […]

Published on 1st March 2018

March Community Services Feature: Five Tokyo-Based Organizations That Fight For or Empower Women

In honor of March’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to present to our FEW community a list of five organizations that have established themselves as organizations who fight for or empower women as well as a list of five events that you can attend to show your support for this year’s theme of #PressFor Progress. […]

Published on 28th February 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