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How I Got Here: Joanna Sato

Joanna SatoI 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.

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Published on 26th April 2018

Q&A with Catherine O’Connell and Naoko Matsuzaki

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Lessons from the Lawyers,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Catherine O’Connell, a bilingual New Zealand lawyer and founder of Catherine O’Connell Law, and Naoko Matsuzaki, Director, International Anti-Corruption and Global Intelligence for PwC Japan’s Forensic Services Group. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into […]

Published on 10th April 2018

Special Event Recap: The Essence of Belly Dance Workshop with Sara Amira

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Published on 5th April 2018

April 2018 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 5th April 2018

March 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap: Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku

In honor of International Women’s month and the 7th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we welcomed Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye, and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, to share the stories and challenges of the amazing women change agents in post-disaster Tohoku. Neither […]

Published on 5th April 2018

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