How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen

Johanna Nousiainen ProfileI 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. However, after spending a year in Tokyo, I knew that I wanted to stay.

The only problem was that I had to go back to Helsinki to finish my studies. Arriving from +30°C Tokyo to +10°C Finnish autumn was a reverse culture shock, and so were the language and customs. Cabin attendants, bus drivers, cashiers at the cornerstone supermarket – everyone seemed so rude compared to Japan.

In one year, my Japanese had improved to a fluent level, so I started actively looking for a way to return to Tokyo. I found an internship opportunity in Tokyo, returned the next spring, and that year was a blast. Once again, I had to go back to Finland, but after graduating I knew what I would be doing. A job in Japan – that was my next target.

I quit my job to come to Tokyo to job hunt. I was lucky enough to find a job with a local company, where I worked for 3 years. After that, I changed to my current job as a producer of a recipe site. I’m planning content, writing articles and creating recipes – all in Japanese. It’s a job I thought I would never be able to do because of the language barrier.

I also found my new passion through my job: recipe creation and styling. I even attended a school here, and now I’m a certified Food Coordinator. I’m promoting Nordic food through my blog and social media, as well as having cooking lessons and lectures on Finnish food.

With FEW, I’ve found a gathering of very passionate women that inspire and make me try harder with my endeavors – seeing senpais doing their business passionately in Japan is empowering, and hopefully I can share some of that energy with you.


July 2018 Member Offers and Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners and other FEW Community Events 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 […]

Published on 5th July 2018

Recap – Career Strategies Seminar 2018 – AMPLIFY

On Saturday, June 2nd, FEW hosted its 20th Career Strategies Seminar around the theme, “AMPLIFY – Elevate Your Career to New Heights” at headquarters in Roppongi. The seminar was attended by more then 60 women – both FEW members and guests – as well as over 20 facilitators whom are business owners, coaches, and […]

Published on 3rd July 2018

How I got here : Alexandra Morrow

  Growing up with itchy feet in a tiny village in eastern Germany I always hoped I will travel the world and live in lots of different places. My international journey started when I decided to move to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 23 to learn English. Fast forward 20 years and I have […]

Published on 3rd July 2018

June 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap – Breaking the Mold: Finding New Beginnings at Any Age

By Jackie Steele, FEW Co-Programs Director On June 20 we were delighted to welcome Cynthia Usui, author of 専業主婦が就職するまでにやっておくべき8つのこと (Eight things Full-Time Housewives Should Do Before Entering the Workforce) and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, as our guest speaker at the June Monthly meeting entitled, “Breaking the Mold: Finding New Beginnings […]

Published on 3rd July 2018

May 2018 FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: The Importance of Cyber Security to Entrepreneurs

In our May Women’s Start-Up Club, Nicola Vote of McAfee shed light on how entrepreneurs can protect their customers and also protect their reputation and business online. And she managed to leave us all well informed, alert yet a bit “scared”, too.   Let’s jump into some definitions and which aspects are important when it […]

Published on 24th June 2018