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 to go to the neighboring city of Krakow, the former capital of Poland and an ancient academic center. I studied psychology there, at the Jagiellonian University and received initial training in psychotherapy.
It was on one of the streets of Krakow’s magical old town that a Japanese tourist asked me for directions. He was traveling around Europe, following his passion for classical music and opera. It quickly turned out that this was one of many passions we shared; so, several years later, when he asked me to marry him, I said yes.
Thus, a new path on my journey opened and the landscape of Krakow was replaced by the view of Kobe harbor. In this beautiful city, we had our first home and I settled myself professionally – first at Kobe’s International Counselling Centre and later in a private psychotherapy practice in Osaka. When we moved to Tokyo several years ago, I continued my practice as TOPP Tokyo Osaka Psychotherapy Practice and added coaching to my services.
But, my journey has not only been about geographical relocations.
Professional experience and growth are also significant to how I got here. Respect for my clients – for their courage to face challenges and ability to grow – is so important to me. Moreover, my work has offered me wonderful professional opportunities – such as training at the Jung Institute in Zurich and the trainer certification in Points Of You® coaching game.
In my personal landscape, I am negotiating my identity across cultures: as a foreign woman in Japan, a member of a Japanese family, a professional and someone who moved to another country, but never really left her homeland. This realm is both challenging and enriching.
And then there is another very important part of my journey: connecting with others. For several years, I was a FEW member in Kansai, during which I was inspired by many outstanding women. Now, I have joined FEW in Tokyo and I am looking forward to hearing the stories of other women’s journeys.
September 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 personal services […]Published on 4th September 2017
July Meeting Recap: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The 2016-17 FEW year ended with our monthly meeting on July 13, where we were joined by guests and members to hear about the endeavors of longtime FEW member, Melanie Uematsu. Melanie was born in Germany and studied fashion design in Berlin and London. Fascinated with Japan, […]Published on 3rd September 2017
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
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché Roppongi
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi!
Share Your Passion
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.
Make the Connection: Practical Networking Strategies that Work for You
Join us for an interactive workshop with Helen Iwata, Founder of Sasuga! Communications, to learn about the benefits of networking, and gain insights, practical tips and strategies for connecting with confidence, conviction and purpose.
Japan's Path to Multiculturalism
At our October Monthly Meeting, we’re welcoming a panel of speakers to discuss multiculturalism in Japan today, including what steps organizations and individuals are taking to help expose people to multicultural environments and develop a more inclusive society.