I first came to Japan over 20 years ago as a one year exchange student to ICU (International Christian University), courtesy of the University of London, my home university. Several of my friends were taking a year off to travel in Europe or USA. I wanted to go somewhere a little more challenging, and Japan seemed to fit the bill. I had planned to return to the UK to start my career in the pharmaceutical field, as I was a trained biochemist. But Japan had cast a spell on me and within two years I found myself back in Japan again as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) on the JET program.
I have been a FEW member several times throughout my years in Japan. The Career Strategies Seminar first attracted me back when I was still figuring out what to do after JET. Once my career trajectory took off, FEW become my go-to place for developing my personal network. Most recently, FEW is now where I turn to give back to the community that has given so much to me. With over 20 years experience of working in corporate and governmental organizations in Japan under my belt, I hope to funnel this experience into my new role on the FEW Board, helping to further develop FEW as the central place to go for personal and professional development in Japan.
I love traveling in Japan, particularly visiting the numerous islands from Rishiri right down to Ishigaki. The remote islands of Chichibu and Hamajima, accessible only by a 24 hour ferry ride, are on the bucket list – hopefully next summer. I have now spent more time in Japan than any of the other countries I have lived in, and have no plans to leave. Just as well – there are still many islands left to visit.
February 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 February 2018
February Community Services Feature: Disaster Relief with Peace Boat & PBV
What is Peace Boat? In October of last year, FEW Japan had the pleasure of welcoming three panelists to discuss multiculturalism in Japan. Among them, Angeli Narandran, International Coordinator of Peace Boat, spoke with the FEW ladies about how to create conversations and environments to foster multiculturalism in Japan. Ms. Narandran regaled us with the […]Published on 4th February 2018
January Meeting Recap: Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life
Maud Janssen always has had a passion for clothes, shoes, accessories & make up, and making others beautiful. When she moved to Italy in 1999 she thought she had style, but then she started rubbing shoulders with Italian women, and felt like a farmer’s wife. She started to consider the question of how some women, […]Published on 31st January 2018
How I Got Here: Jodi Harris
Despite growing up in a small town in Texas, I always knew I would live overseas. I was the kid staring at maps, spinning globes and looking out at the field behind my house wondering what would happen if I just started walking into the horizon. My husband and I first lived in Japan during […]Published on 31st January 2018
Strategic Partner Spotlight: Find Your Element Workshop Founder Aya McCrindle
I was born to a half American, half Japanese mom and a Japanese dad, raised in Tokyo. When I was 27, I bought a model agency with my 2 sisters and another model in order to quit modeling. During this time, I increased the number of models from 4 to 50. I also expanded the existing […]Published on 31st January 2018
February Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. This time, the mixer will be at Parisian-style salad bar, Citron, in Gaienmae!
Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner: Mindfulness for Work, Life and Leadership
Join us for the first of our new Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner series exclusively for FEW members! This month, Jodi Harris of World Tree Coaching, LLC., and Yoga Instructor and Holistic Wellness coach Ann-Katrin van Schie will answer questions on how to find balance and incorporate mindfulness into your daily professional and personal lives.
The Essence of Belly Dance
Join us for this interactive workshop where oriental dance instructor, Sara Amira, will take you on a journey of the origins of belly dance and help you rediscover your roots and spirit through movement and dance.
Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku
Join us as Megumi Ishimoto of NPO Women's Eye and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist, share how diverse young women are serving as grassroots agents of progressive change in Tohoku as they #PressforProgess.