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 understand how to do this. When I first came to Japan, I struggled with the intercultural lifestyle and with being a woman living far from her native country. However, when I came to FEW in 2012, I realized what had been missing: community and stimulation. I loved the energy and intelligence of the women I met in my first meeting, and when I was asked to be Special Events Director, I happily accepted.
We’ve all heard the saying, “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.” To that, I say, “Often, who you know IS what you know.”
For two years, I was given the chance to host all kinds of creative events and deepen the knowledge and skills of FEW members and their friends. Almost on a monthly basis, someone came to me and offered to do a workshop. I found that this opportunity to try different things combined with the support of a friendly army of women helped me get my groove back in the world of teaching. The connection between community and stimulation is something that now runs through all areas of my life.
I’ve stepped down from the board to focus on my other love, the Brazilian martial art Capoeira with Bantus Capoeira Japan, and I recently got my instructor’s belt. I hope this will be yet another way to put into practice the creativity and leadership skills gained with this wonderful dynamic group of women. I say a big thank you to FEW and look forward to being an active member for a long time to come.
June 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Mentorship and Networking
The FEW Women’s Start-up Club wrapped up the year on June 29, with a timely presentation on mentoring and motivation for entrepreneurs by Patricia Bader Johnston. Patricia’s career in Japan has spanned the public sector, including the Canadian Embassy, and the private sector, including positions at Goldman Sachs and Japan Tabaco, corporate decision-making as a […]Published on 1st August 2017
Event Recap: Few & Mirai no Mori Concert For a Cause
What a night! On behalf of all of us at FEW, a great, big thank you for joining us for Concert For a Cause! On a balmy, summer night, FEW members, friends and performers got together at British pub 2nd Half in Takadanobaba for a night of music to raise funds for Mirai No Mori, an NPO providing […]Published on 14th July 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
July Strategic Partner 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 […]Published on 29th June 2017
Q&A with tailor Melanie Uematsu
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with our speaker, tailor Melanie Uematsu. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Hear about women’s love-hate relationship with the fashion industry, why one style doesn’t fit all, and how […]Published on 28th June 2017
SAVE THE DATE - September Monthly Meeting
Join us September 14th as we kick of the 2017-2018 FEW Year with our first monthly meeting. A great chance to learn, connect and be inspired!
SAVE THE DATE - September Women's Start-Up Club
Do you run your own business or are you thinking of starting one? Join the first FEW Women's Start-Up Club of 2017-2018 to share your projects and passions and connect with other like-minded when who may be able to help you in your entrepreneurial journey.