I still remember my first experience with FEW. As a longterm resident of Japan, I’d had to say goodbye to many good friends over the years as they moved on to other places or returned home. I had also just quit my 9 to 5 job to pursue a creative career in jewelry design. The combination of big changes had left me without community, but not for long.
In 2006, I attended the FEW Career Strategies Seminar. I was so energized by that event, I decided right then and there to join the group and soon after, I joined the board as Special Events Director. FEW connected me to a whole cadre of inspiring people. If you lean toward introversion, like me, getting actively involved is a sure way to be more comfortable in an organization.
Last year, I met one of the women featured in the fashion blog, Advanced Style. In Tziporah Salamon, I witnessed a woman who completely and utterly followed her passion and she helped me realize that although I love style and fashion, I wasn’t living up to my own creative self-expression. This ah-ha moment ignited my desire to reinvent myself and help others in the same way.
Now I’m helping others build confidence in this area of life. Some of us hate to shop, some of have a million things in our closet but nothing to wear, some of us are at a stage in our lives where we want more of a signature look. We want to wear something that makes us look good AND feel good. I want to help tackle these style challenges!
So, after some time away, I’ve come back to FEW for the learning and connection as I start on another new adventure.
If you have any interest in style, fashion, art and aesthetics, you can learn more about Mary Fidler here.
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
All Levels Yoga Class by FURLA Yoga
Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon yoga session and get energized for the week ahead! Noriko from FURLA Yoga, a FEW Strategic Partner, will teach a hatha yoga class in English for all levels.
FEW & Mirai no Mori Concert for a Cause
We invite all music lovers to join us for a special concert at 2ND HALF in Takadanobaba and enjoy a fun evening filled with great music for a great cause-- supporting FEW Community Services Strategic Partner Mirai no Mori's Back to Nature Program!
One Size Doesn't Fit All
Join us for the last meeting of the current FEW year as we hear from Melanie Uematsu, a tailor, on women’s love-hate relationship with the fashion industry, why one style doesn’t fit all, and how we can solve this issue as individual consumers.