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.
2017 Japan WINConference: Creating a Flourishing Future
Join global leaders at this half-day conference to exchange best practices with companies embracing diversity and initiating inclusive cultures, and to connect with women and men paving the way in their industries. FEW Japan is proud to be a Partner Network of the 7th Japan WINConference, taking place in Tokyo on June 2, 2017, at […]Published on 16th May 2017
Q&A with Henna Veitch, Betty Sayn-Wittgenstein, and Natale Adgnot
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Inspiration & Creativity,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with our speakers Henna Veitch, Founder of Design by Henna, Betty Sayn-Wittgenstein, Chocolatier at Passion Chocolat, and Natale Adgnot, Visual Artist. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Find out how to follow […]Published on 8th May 2017
Special Event Recap: Dream, Girl – Movie Night with FEW and Mums in Business
By Saya Matsumoto, Finance Director On Wednesday, April 26th, FEW and Mums in Business hosted the first screening of Dream, Girl in Japan, followed by a panel discussion with female entrepreneurs based in Tokyo. Dream, Girl is a documentary about female entrepreneurs, written, directed and produced by an all female crew. Inspired by the female […]Published on 2nd May 2017
April Meeting Recap: Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism
By Raena Murakami, Public Relations and Communications Co-Director When you think of traveling in Japan, what destinations come to mind? Most people would say Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and other well-known cities. But what about Togakushi? With Golden Week approaching, Chiara Terzuolo and Rie Miyoshi challenged our notions of travel in Japan by encouraging travelers to […]Published on 2nd May 2017
Join us on May 31st to hear what it takes to run a successful "location independent" business. Three specialists share the truth on running three different successful businesses online: Blogging, Online-shopping and Online communications consulting.
A Personal Journey: Japan's War Brides
At our June meeting, hear the moving stories of Japanese war brides, who began new lives in difficult circumstances in the U.S., from film Lucy Craft, herself the daughter of a Japanese war bride. Join us as Lucy recounts the stories of these women and the making of her documentary 'Fall Seven Times, Get up Eight.’
Mirai no Mori Back to Nature Outdoor Cooking Program
Join us for a day in the outdoors at this Back to Nature program with Community Service Partner Mirai no Mori. FEW members and guests are welcome to join as volunteers in outdoor cooking and games with campers as positive role models.
FEW Members Exclusive Wine Mixer
Join FEW for our twice-yearly members exclusive wine mixer courtesy of Oakwood Premier Midtown. Come along, network and share your stories around a nice glass of wine!