CSS 2020 Speaker Lauren Bliss Kawasaki


I am an American mother of four curious and creative kids (22,20,16 and 8) and one very supportive husband who is a Japanese native. In total, I have lived in Japan for 24 years (over three stints).

Originally from Connecticut, I spent my childhood raising farm animals and creating art. I graduated from Skidmore College with degrees in Business and Fine Arts; my junior year I spent at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka.

For the past 20+ years, I have been on the corporate track; gaining an MBA from Harvard Business School, working in brand management at Clorox, helping to start BabyCenter.com, and finally working 14 years at Amazon.com and .jp.

In 2014, I retired from corporate life and am now a mompreneur. Best Living Japan is me following my passion and sharing it with others. Best Living Japan runs a website that helps global families living in and traveling to Japan have more fun! We also have a studio where we teach various art, cooking & lifestyle classes.

I am also a Girl Scout leader of Troop #20605 in Tokyo, a Trustee of The American School in Japan, and a Committee Member of the Asian University of Women.