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How I Got Here: Helen Lewis MA (Oxon)

few-24I 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.

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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

June Meeting Recap: A Personal Journey: Japan’s War Brides

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Members and guests alike joined FEW’s monthly meeting on June 8th to hear the story of Japanese war brides, a story often overlooked and untold. We welcomed Lucy Craft, a filmmaker and former FEW member in the 80s, to reveal their hidden stories. As a daughter of […]

Published on 28th June 2017

May 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Location Independent

The FEW Women’s Start-Up Club (WSC) attracted its largest audience on May 31, 2017, with three panelists sharing how their online-based businesses are succeeding, independent of location. Below are summaries of their presentations. Be sure to check out their sites for more inspiration! The next WSC event is “Mentoring and Networking” on Thursday, June 29. […]

Published on 22nd June 2017

FEW Community 2017 Survey – We’d like to hear from you!

FEW has launched its biennial FEW Community 2017 Survey, and we invite all FEW members and friends to take part! The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By sharing your feedback, comments and suggestions on FEW programs and events as well as your past and future experiences with FEW, you will help us ensure that we continue to meet our […]

Published on 20th June 2017

Event Recap: Mirai no Mori Back to Nature Outdoor Cooking Program

FEW members and friends spent a fantastic day as volunteers at Mirai no Mori’s Back to Nature Program on June 10th. On the outskirts of Tokyo, in beautiful and green Mitake, we met with the staff and volunteer teams of Mirai no Mori and a Saitama children’s home to support a program designed to empower […]

Published on 16th June 2017