About FEW Kansai

FEW was established to support foreign women in Japan, both professionally and socially. Being literally “few” in the world, FEW offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere to meet, network and find like-minded friends. From this idea stems our mission: “To provide a forum for networking, career development, knowledge and information exchange, support and friendship among foreign women living in Kansai."

Upcoming events

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+09:00)
    • Zoom

    FEW Kansai Monthly Meeting

    January 28, 2021, via Zoom

    Nourishing Our Bodies, Nourishing Our Hearts: Moving toward Balance


    Leigh Kennedy

    Few Kansai starts off the New Year by welcoming our January speaker, Leigh Kennedy, who will lead us on a journey along the energy pathways of our bodies. Leigh will share with us the importance of these pathways, called meridians, and how awareness of them can help us achieve balance and harmony in our lives. See the poster for more information. Be sure to register by the deadline, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Nonmembers can pay the event fee by credit card online. Payment is due by midnight, January 27.

    Date:        Thursday, January 28, 2021

    Time:        7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Place:       Zoom (Link will be sent about 30 minutes before event start.)

    Cost:         FEW members: FREE

                     Nonmembers (women only): ¥1,000 (by midnight, Jan. 27)

    Register:   By January 27, midnight

    • 31 Jan 2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+09:00)
    • Zoom

    Take a Mindful Break with FEW

    Join us for a "Mindful Break"--a short mindfulness practice hosted by FEW member Leigh Kennedy. These are now offered regularly to any member wanting to step away from her busy day and take some time to focus on the present moment. No prior participation is required.

    Leigh will lead us in some gentle body movements and breathing and will include some journaling time, so have a pen and paper or favorite journal nearby. No special equipment is required. Please wear comfortable clothes, and join us from a space in your home where you can stretch comfortably.

    The Mindful Break will run from 8:00-9:00p.m. It is free of charge and open to FEW members. 

    A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants about 30 minutes before the start of the event. Please register by 7:00pm the day of the event to ensure you receive the link to join. 

    Instructor: Leigh Kennedy
    Leigh is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a certified yoga instructor. She has a special interest in the power of mindfulness in our daily lives and enjoys hosting this space where we can practice being mindful together.

    • 20 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+09:00)
    • Zoom

    Mindful Painting with Cecilie Okada

    Date:        Saturday, February 20, 2021

    Time:        2:00-3:30 p.m.

    Place:       Zoom (Link will be sent before event start.)

    Cost:         FEW members: FREE

                     Nonmembers (women only): ¥500 (by midnight, Feb. 17)

    Register:   By February 17, midnight

    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring your creativity while being guided by FEW member and illustrator Cecilie Okada. Pick one of Ceci's many watercolor tutorials on her website blog, and paint together with other would-be artists (online, of course). No artistic skills or previous art training is necessary. You may feel free to ask questions along the way, and Ceci will be happy to share her expert advice and help.

    There are numerous tutorials to choose from: a flower, a leaf, a bird, an illustrated letter, or a landscape. Browse through Ceci's blog to find the one that most appeals to you. Each tutorial comes with a free outline that you can trace and transfer, so you don't need to worry about the drawing part. Below are some art supplies you will need:

    • Watercolor paint
    • Brushes (a set is good to have)
    • Watercolor paper. Get a pad with the sheets glued together. That way, you don't need to stretch the paper. Small size is OK. For a less expensive alternative, use plain sketching paper. 
    • Tracing paper
    • Pencil and eraser
    • Colored pencils (optional)
    • White gouache (optional)
    • Two jars of water for rinsing your brush

    The quality level of the art materials is entirely up to you. Price reflects quality. Amazon Japan has everything you need. 

    If you want to go to an art-supply store, Yuzawaya in Sannomiya, Kobe, is great (in other cities NOT so much). In Osaka or Kyoto, Kawachi is a specialty art-supply store. Ceci has a guide to art supplies on her website, but the links go to the Amazon US.

Past events

20 Jan 2021 Mindful Break with FEW
18 Dec 2020 Mindful Break with FEW
13 Dec 2020 Mindful Break with FEW
05 Dec 2020 Holiday Fun with FEW
29 Nov 2020 Mindful Break with FEW
26 Nov 2020 FEW Kansai November 2020 Meeting
22 Nov 2020 Hike to Minoh Waterfall
13 Nov 2020 Mindful Break with FEW
29 Oct 2020 FEW Kansai October 2020 Monthly Meeting
25 Oct 2020 Mindful Break with FEW (Oct 25)
17 Oct 2020 Old Fukuchiyama Railway Trail Hike
07 Oct 2020 Mindful Break with FEW (Oct 7)
24 Sep 2020 FEW Kansai September 2020 Monthly Meeting
09 Sep 2020 Mindful Break with FEW (Sept 9)
03 Sep 2020 Fireside Chat on Female Empowerment & Fighting Imposter Syndrome
29 Aug 2020 Tasting & Virtual Tour with Watanabe Shuzojo
27 Aug 2020 Fun with a Focus
21 Aug 2020 FEW Zoom Happy Hour
19 Aug 2020 Creative&Crafty Hangout
12 Aug 2020 Mindful Break with FEW (August)
31 Jul 2020 FEW Zoom Cocktail Hour
15 Jul 2020 Take a Mindful Break with FEW (July)
30 Jun 2020 Take a Mindful Break with FEW
25 Jun 2020 FEW Kansai June Meeting (online)
10 Jun 2020 Take a Mindful Break with FEW
06 Jun 2020 DATE CHANGED--May 2020 Monthly Meeting (online)
27 May 2020 Take a Mindful Break with FEW
13 May 2020 Take a Mindful Break with FEW
23 Apr 2020 April Monthly Meeting (online)
14 Apr 2020 Take a Mindful Break with FEW
26 Mar 2020 FEW Members' Zoom Event--March 26, 2020
26 Mar 2020 CANCELED--FEW Monthly Meeting: March 26, 2020
27 Feb 2020 CANCELED FEW Monthly Meeting: February 27, 2020
30 Jan 2020 FEW Monthly Meeting: January 30, 2020
07 Dec 2019 2019 FEW Holiday Party
24 Nov 2019 Mini-Mindfulness Retreat
21 Nov 2019 FEW Nov Meeting 2019
31 Oct 2019 FEW Oct Meeting 2019
26 Sep 2019 FEW Sept 26 Meeting 2019
20 Jun 2019 FEW June 20 Meeting 2019 Appreciative Inquiry
30 May 2019 FEW May 30 Meeting 2019
14 Apr 2019 FEW Kansai Spring Brunch 2019
28 Mar 2019 FEW March Meeting 2019
28 Feb 2019 FEW Feb Meeting 2019
31 Jan 2019 FEW Jan 31 Meeting 2019
01 Dec 2018 2018 FEW Holiday Party
22 Nov 2018 FEW November 22 Meeting with Damian Hall
25 Oct 2018 FEW Oct Meeting: The Journey of Scanteak
27 Sep 2018 FEW September Meeting
09 Sep 2018 FEW Supporting HOPE: An afternoon of Hope
31 Aug 2018 Welcome Back from Summer!
28 Jun 2018 FEW June 28 Meeting Spotlight on Kobe: Past, Present, Future
31 May 2018 FEW May Meeting, A Big Bark for ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai)
22 Apr 2018 FEW Kansai Spring Brunch
29 Mar 2018 FEW March Meeting: Make it Happen! Big Dream, Small Steps
22 Feb 2018 FEW Feb Meeting: The Soul of the Japanese Kitchen
25 Jan 2018 FEW January 25 Meeting: The Way of Tea
02 Dec 2017 FEW Holiday 2017 Party
16 Nov 2017 FEW November 16 Meeting: Creating Work You Love
26 Oct 2017 FEW October 26 Meeting: Leading With Empathy
28 Sep 2017 FEW September Meeting: Women Wrongfully Convicted and Unfairly Sentenced
08 Sep 2017 Back from Summer Fun!
27 Jul 2017 FEW Gourmet Club
29 Jun 2017 FEW June Meeting: Homeopathy
25 May 2017 FEW May Meeting: Journalist Patricia Loison
22 Apr 2017 What Makes You Tick? MBTI Workshop
09 Apr 2017 FEW April Spring Brunch
30 Mar 2017 FEW March Meeting: The Artistic Walk - a Personal Path with Art
23 Feb 2017 FEW Febuary Meeting: 2017 ー The Doctor Is In!
26 Jan 2017 FEW January Meeting: 2017 ー Make It Count!
02 Dec 2016 FEW 2016 Holiday Party
17 Nov 2016 FEW November Meeting: Defining your Personal Style
27 Oct 2016 FEW October Meeting: Mindfulness Towards an Inclusive Society
29 Sep 2016 FEW September Meeting
10 Sep 2016 FEW Summer Sunset Party
26 Aug 2016 Pizza Party!
30 Jun 2016 FEW June Meeting: Disaster Preparedness
26 May 2016 FEW May Meeting: FEW is YOU!
10 Apr 2016 FEW Spring Brunch
31 Mar 2016 FEW March Meeting: Painting IN Japanese Paper
25 Mar 2016 FEW Jazz & Cocktail Nite @ The SUITE
25 Feb 2016 February Meeting: Leading Meaningfully for High Performance
19 Feb 2016 FEW Gourmet Club: La Shomon (Kobe)
28 Jan 2016 January Meeting: Working in a Japanese Environment: A fish out of water?
05 Dec 2015 FEW Kansai Holiday Party
19 Nov 2015 [November Meeting with Hiro Sato] Realigning your Body Realigns your Life
29 Oct 2015 [October Meeting with Tracy Slater] The Good Shufu: Finding Self, Love & Home on the Far Side of the World
24 Sep 2015 September Meeting: Lessons from the Martial Arts
28 Aug 2015 FEW End of Summer BBQ
28 May 2015 May Monthly Meeting: FEW is YOU!
26 Mar 2015 March Monthly Meeting: The Making of a Documentary

Upcoming events

Become a member

Members receive a monthly email newsletter, a membership directory for networking, a discounted fee at meetings and other events, and are eligible for positions on the Board of Directors.

Join us

Want to sign up for our monthly event mailing? Click here to subscribe to our 
email list.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software