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 we can solve this issue as individual consumers at our meeting on Thursday, July 13. Register for the meeting here!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The life I’m in right now: working in my dream-job and having enough time for my family.
What is your greatest fear?
I’m a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. I’m living in a country with one of the highest rates of earthquakes worldwide, we are in a time where political relations are difficult…. I could think about a ton of fears or not. I prefer not to.
What is your current state of mind?
I’m trying to improve certain aspects of my business this year. And both of my kids need a lot of attention. To combine both is challenging and fun, and I think it’s worth it.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
To have a perfect figure. I don’t think that you have to be slim, sporty or long-legged to be beautiful.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband and my sewing machine are in a constant battle.
When and where were you happiest?
I’ve had many states of life when I was really happy. Although, a very unhappy time was when I felt locked up in an office building on the 13th floor with no chance to open the windows (even though my paycheck was amazing).
Which talent would you most like to have?
Cooking! I have no imagination to create meals, which causes a dilemma every day. One day, I will need to take a proper course or be able to employ a cook.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think that I’ve created a really nice environment for my family, my clients and myself.
What is your most treasured possession?
Don’t laugh, but I really can’t think of any “thing” in my life that couldn’t be replaceable.
What do you most value in your friends?
Catching up with old friends, sitting down and talking as if you just had met yesterday.
Which book do you think is a must-read for women?
A book by Talane Miedaner, Coach Yourself to Success. It was a great book for me to clean up and structure my life. I also suggest Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman in case you need to cure love sickness.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother-in-law and my friend Ricarda.
What is your motto?
Complainers are losers.
What does FEW mean to you?
After I joined FEW, I realized that I’d been living inside of a ‘nutshell.’ Through FEW, I cracked the nutshell, put my seed in the ground and let it grow. And especially now as a member of the WSC Committee, I feel that I’m constantly watering this seed.
When have you have felt most empowered?
After Vanessa Oshima spoke about “Negotiating” at the WSC meeting in March. Her speech was brilliant, and afterwards I felt that I hadn’t done too much wrong in the way that I developed my atelier.
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
Special Event Recap – Radical Boundaries Workshop with Sarah Furuya
FEW’s June Special Event Workshop, took place on June 21st, 2018 at H&R Roppongi and was run by Sarah Furuya, FEW Strategic Partner, long-time member and former president who works as a life & executive coach, facilitator and mentor, supporting particularly women in achieving their goals and realizing their dreams. Her workshop “Radical Boundaries: […]Published on 24th June 2018
Q&A with Cynthia Usui, author and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company
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June 2018 Strategic Partner 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 6th June 2018
May 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap: Stronger Together: FEW x FAJ
Who knew that our members had so many hidden talents? The first joint event with FEW and FAJ — the group for French-speaking professional women in Tokyo — on May 15 unveiled quite few surprises as we listened to presentations about their work, projects, lives, experiences and aspirations. Members of both associations are involved in […]Published on 5th June 2018
Women's Start-Up Club: Branding with Archetypes
Come along to the final Women's Start-Up Club meeting of the FEW year where we'll discuss the classic brand archetypes and how to choose the right archetype for your business.
Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Royal Garden Cafe in Shibuya.
Mentoring Moments Senpai Brunch: Finding Love in Japan
Join us for our next Mentoring Moments Senpai Brunch on dating and cross-cultural relationships in Japan.
The Powerful Sea Nomads of Japan: The Legacy & Lessons of the Ama Free Divers
Join us as Anne McDonald discusses the unique history of Japanese Ama divers and shares insights from these strong women about sisterhood, protecting tradition and the environment, and preserving the Ama way of life.