June 27 Meeting

Daring to Care: Self-love as an Act of Courage


Juanita Nagai

Date:              Thursday, June 27, 2024

Time:              6:00–6:45 pm: Arrive and mingle

                        7:00 pm: Dinner

                        8:00–9:00 pm: Presentation

Place:             Hilton Osaka (Umeda), 4F

Cost:              FEW members: ¥6,000

                       Nonmembers (women only): ¥8,000 

Register:        Hilton: By Wednesday, June 19, midnight

                             [FEW Kansai members may participate in monthly meetings via Zoom if unable to join in person at the Hilton.    

                          Please go to the Event page for details.]

The concept of self-care gets a lot of air time, and for good reason. Self-care is key to enhancing our mental health, which impacts our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the world. Yet there are many misconceptions about what self-care actually means. This month, we will delve into the many-layered factors that can get in the way of caring for ourselves in healing and compassionate ways. 

Overcoming these barriers is a courageous act that often requires setting boundaries and examining limiting beliefs, not to mention resisting the societal pressures and expectations that hold us back. Juanita will discuss self-care practices and practical steps to cultivate greater self-love, with the aim of empowering us on our own self-love journey and leaving us with the possibility of renewed reserves of resilience and self-compassion. This is an opportunity to redefine self-love not as a luxury or privilege, or as selfishness, but as an essential and courageous act. Join us to be inspired to dare to care.

Our Speaker: Juanita Nagai

Juanita Nagai is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and the owner of Wellness with Juanita, which she launched in January 2023. The path to starting her business began in 2017, when personal losses led her to explore mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion, and seek guidance from a life coach. This experience, together with a Professional Certificate of Health and Wellness Coaching and 20 years of life experience in Japan, informs her coaching practice.

Juanita's mission is to empower others to navigate their challenges using mindfulness, self-compassion and holistic strategies for greater calm, peace, and joy. Her personal experience and transformation have taught her that “if anyone is magically going to appear and suddenly make your life better, just know that person is always going to be you.” She firmly believes that if each one of us works on ourselves, we work together to create a better, kinder world.


Miwa Sasaki was born in Japan but spent several years in California in her childhood. She has a BA from Osaka University, has studied at UCL in Belgium, and has a PhD in Human Science. Currently, she is the Director of the Kayoko Fund and the Secretary General of KISO (Kobe International Sustaining Organization) sister organizations that work globally in areas of great need. Miwa is often on the ground in areas suffering from war and natural disasters, and since 2022 has made five trips to Ukraine and this year visited Syria to deliver aid after the earthquake there.

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