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

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hilton Osaka (Umeda)

    FEW Kansai February 2020 Meeting

    How and Why Japanese Women Participate in Politics:  A Glimpse Beyond the Gender Gap


    Dr. Susan Pavloska and Dr. Kimiko Osawa

    We are fortunate this month to have as speakers two professionals conversant in a topic that we hear much about these days and that affects us all as women living in Japan: gender and politics. Dr. Pavloska and Dr. Osawa, associate professors at universities in Japan, have both contributed chapters to the edited volume Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan, published in 2019. They will question stereotypes and offer new perspectives on women’s roles in Japan, challenging us to broaden our view of the gender situation here. In her approach to the topic, Dr. Pavloska will examine the life and career of Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike. Dr. Osawa will focus on Japanese women’s political activism outside the home as they maintain their traditional role in the home. Please come to enjoy a stimulating presentation and expand your knowledge of this familiar subject.

    For further information, please see the poster.

    Date:            Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Time:            6:00 pmDrinks, 7:00 pm–Dinner, 8:00 pm–Presentation
    Place:           4th Floor, Hilton Osaka
    Cost:             ¥5,000 - Members
                          ¥7,000 - Nonmembers (women only)

    Register by:   February 20, 2020



    Steamed bamboo shoots, root vegetables, and tofu wrapped in Chinese cabbage,

    green-pea sauce with yuzu flavor

    Quick-seared salmon, mashed potato, mandarin beurre blanc


    Steamed bamboo shoots, root vegetables, and tofu wrapped in Chinese cabbage,

    green-pea sauce with yuzu flavor

    Baked beef tenderloin in brioche puff pastry (Wellington style),

    green beans, and Madeira sauce

    —Vegetarian & Vegan—

    Steamed bamboo shoots, root vegetables, and tofu wrapped in Chinese cabbage,

    green-pea sauce with yuzu flavor

    Ripe blossom and fukinotou (butterbur) miso-flavored spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino (garlic, olive oil, and chili peppers)

    All meals come with Dessert and Coffee or Tea:


    Assam-tea mousse and milk-chocolate cream

    Kumquat compote and mandarin-orange sherbet

    —Vegan Dessert—

      Kumquat compote and mandarin-orange sherbet

    Should you need to cancel after the cancellation deadline of February 23, you are responsible for the meeting fee, unless you find someone to take your place.

    Our meeting room is on the 4th Floor of the Hilton Osaka.

    • 26 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hilton Osaka (Umeda)


    FEW Kansai March 2020 Meeting

    Growing against the Norm

    presented by

    Chuck Kayser


    Date:            Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Time:            6:00 pm–Drinks, 7:00 pm–Dinner, 8:00 pm–Presentation

    Place:           4th Floor, Hilton Osaka

    Cost:             ¥5,000—Members

                        ¥7,000—Nonmembers (women only)

    Register:       www.fewkansai.com by March 19, 2020


    Chuck Kayser, the founder of Midori Farm, will share with us the story of his farming enterprises—the origin, the triumphs, and the challenges. His search for land to build a log cabin for family holidays evolved over time into a new way of life. Eventually, he integrated into a remote mountain-valley village whose aging residents had spent their entire lives living off the land. There will be tales of making friends and learning farming the hard way—confronting monkeys, insects, typhoons, and other challenges, all the while refusing to use harmful chemicals and never giving up. He is involved in many projects and has exciting plans for future endeavors, all of which he will tell us about. By sharing his experiences, he hopes to impart to us a greater understanding of the origin of our food, the people who produce it, and the state of organic farming in Japan.

    The Speaker

    Chuck Kayser is from the US and has been in Japan over twenty years, mostly in Kyoto. He began growing vegetables in the mountains of Shiga, north of Kyoto, twelve years ago and established Midori Farm a few years ago to sell vegetables, host farm volunteers, and run tours and events. Chuck’s work has shown him the importance of sustainability and living in balance with nature. He cofounded Seeds of Sustainability Kyoto in 2017 to host events in the city of Kyoto. Through Midori Farm and Seeds of Sustainability, Chuck gives people the opportunity to experience nature and learn about living sustainably, while helping them to appreciate the importance of small farms and local, organic agriculture.

    You will be notified when registration opens!

    • 12 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Free Mind Yoga (near Bentencho station, JR Loop Line)
    • 9

    Mini Mindfulness Retreat: Quieting, Creating, Discovering
    Facilitated by FEW member, Leigh Kennedy

    Our first mindfulness retreat in November was so...mindful!...that participants agreed it would be a good thing to schedule semi-regularly. Repeaters and first-time joiners all welcome for our mini-mindfulness retreat #2.

    Feeling busy lately? 
    Lots to do and not a lot of time to slow down? Or if you do slow down is it still hard to relax? 
    If any of this sounds familiar, join us for an afternoon of mindfulness! The focus of our time together will be on quieting our body and mind, being present in the moment, and enjoying simply be-ing, with ourselves and others. Our three hours together will include mindful breathing, gentle yoga, journaling, creative expression, sharing, and mindful eating. You will come away feeling relaxed and refreshed and more connected with your inner self. 

    Date and time: March 1, 2020 (Sunday)  12:00 - 3:00pm

    Location: Free Mind Yoga Studio, near JR Bentencho station (less than 10 minutes from JR Osaka)  http://freemind.fun/company.html

    Participation fee: ¥4000 (cash on day)

    Things to bring: water, small towel, a journal if you have a special one to write in. Please wear clothes that are easy to move in. We recommend you have early brunch and not eat a big lunch right before the workshop.

    Instructor: Leigh Kennedy
    Leigh is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a certified yoga instructor (and FEW member!). She has a special interest in the power of mindfulness in our daily lives and is excited to share that with you in this workshop.

    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Yasai Bistro Les Legumes
    • 50


    Assorted appetizers

    Seasonal vegetable soup

    Main-Course Choices:

      Wagyu-beef hamburger


    Fish (a gluten-free option when rice is selected)


    Vegetable hot pot (a vegetarian option)

    Natural yeast bread (Brown rice can be requested instead when registering.)

    Assorted desserts

    Coffee or tea

    Drinks include a glass of sparkling wine for kampai and unlimited other drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic).


    We will add to the fun with door prizes. Donations of door prizes from members are always welcome. If you can donate, please drop us a line here.


    Nadeshiko Building, 8F

    5-39 Takamatsucho

    Nishinomiya 663-8204



    Nadeshiko Building is a short walk from the Hankyu Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi station (see map).

    Register by April 12. Each guest requires a unique email address to register. If you need assistance to register your guest, contact us at few@fewkansai.com.

    Please note: If you cancel after April 12, you will be responsible for the event fee unless you find someone to take your place. 

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    FEW Kansai Board

Past events

30 Jan 2020 FEW 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

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