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Q&A with Travel Industry Experts Chiara Terzuolo and Rie Miyoshi

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with speakers Chiara Terzuolo of Veltra and Rie Miyoshi of Outdoor Japan. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Here, Chiara reflects on valuing those who stand up for equality and decency, and Rie shares her feelings of empowerment by representing the outdoor travel/tourism industry in Japan as a woman.

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Chiara_1Chiara Terzuolo

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hiking in the quiet mountains, with a bottle of wine and bread in tow.

What is your greatest fear?

I have many, but dental work is pretty high on the list.

What is your current state of mind?

Inspired but busy.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Chastity, as in my experience it is only imposed on women as a way to shame us.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Writing.

When and where were you happiest?

Lately, it was probably back in November in New Zealand, tramping through the wilds (yes, with both wine and bread in our backpacks).

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could draw.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Acquiring fluency in Japanese.

What is your most treasured possession?

Doc Marten boots.

What do you most value in your friends?

Kindness and drive.

Which book do you think is a must-read for women?

Big Magic (Liz Gilbert), How to be a Woman (Catlin Moran).

Who are your heroes in real life?

Those who stand up for equality and decency, even in the most dire straights.

What is your motto?

Don’t really have one.

What does FEW mean to you?

A place for women to be inspired by one another and eventually become their own inspiration.

When have you have felt most empowered?

Completing marathons, getting published and speaking to groups about tourism.

 

Rie_1Rie Miyoshi

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Simple – Surrounded by the people I love, hopefully involving the outdoors, BBQ and craft beer.

What is your greatest fear?

Missed opportunities / not saying the right thing at the right time.

What is your current state of mind?

Positive and hopeful even through times of busyness and uncertainty!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Docility. It’s one thing to do what’s right because you believe it’s right and of course to be tactful, but oftentimes women in Japan are required to act a certain way because of how society dictates – it’s important to have passions, opinions and drive. Thankfully, this is changing!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

God – I would not be where I am today if it were not for him.

When and where were you happiest?

Was stuck on a broken boat in the middle of the ocean in a very remote part of Indonesia. Was down with extreme heat stroke, worrying whether I was going to make my flight (and even make it through this boat ride). Looked up and saw a million stars everywhere and suddenly everything seemed like it was going to be alright.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be wiser in reading situations and people.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Generally speaking, representing the outdoor travel/tourism industry in Japan as a woman.

What is your most treasured possession?

Not hugely materialistic but if I had to choose, probably my hard disk drive with all my photos (exciting, I know).

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty.

Which book do you think is a must-read for women?

Read this a while back, but “I am Malala” really spoke to me – how education (something we take for granted) is so prized and how she stood up for it, and had no trace of bitterness even after her attack.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My mom, for being able to stay level-headed and optimistic even during difficult times and keeping me grounded.

What is your motto?

Inspire or be inspired.

What does FEW mean to you?

It’s important to have a place where women can be proud of their achievements, encourage each other and have a place to share and collaborate especially in Tokyo where men still make up most of the workforce – FEW solves that!

When have you have felt most empowered?

Any time I collaborate with local tourism boards to promote Japan or with fellow travel experts and artists to create something – whether its artwork, a video, an article – I feel empowered. You’re sharing your ideas with other talented people and that act of working together and gaining new perspectives means a lot.

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