Becoming a young international professional was perhaps fate (or en, 縁). I’m half Japanese and was born in Tokyo, but primarily grew up in the United States. As a college student, I spent a semester back in Japan, but during this time, I felt there was no place for me, nor potential for a career, in my mother country.
But my love of writing and a desire to empower others led me to give Japan another chance – something for which I’m grateful. Now, two years later, I’ve published, alongside a talented team of Japanese individuals, a conversational English textbook. My company believes in helping Japanese people learn English in ways that empower them to speak and to use English based on their own intuitions. We want to provide the confidence to communicate authentically with others on a global scale.
My passion for traveling has also led me to become one of the leading travel writers for Voyapon where I’ve set out to discover all corners of this beautiful country and to share my experiences with a global audience.
Through both of these opportunities, it has been uplifting to work with Japanese companies that immensely value their female voices. In addition to work, FEW is yet another community where I’ve found inspiring women, coming together from all different backgrounds and passions. It’s in this international community of driven women that I find encouragement to pursue future aspirations and where I can also join in celebration of and support for the incredible work of other women.
Coming back to Japan and my belief in en, I’ve found places where I belong that go beyond the borders that surround us. FEW’s blend of appreciation for Japan and its commitment to fostering international connections is motivating. I feel excited to continue to connect within the community in Japan and around the globe.
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
How I Got Here: Joanna Sato
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 […]Published on 30th June 2017
July 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 […]Published on 29th June 2017
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
SAVE THE DATE - September Monthly Meeting
Join us September 14th as we kick of the 2017-2018 FEW Year with our first monthly meeting. A great chance to learn, connect and be inspired!
SAVE THE DATE - September Women's Start-Up Club
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.