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

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Osaka Hilton (Umeda)

                                    FEW Nov 2019 Meeting

    Unlocking Creativity: A Writer’s Perspective

    Philip Norton
    Our last regular meeting of the year will be with
     singer-song writer and spoken word artist Phil Norton. Phil will share his experiences dealing with different creativity blocks, which became most challenging when he moved countries. Phil will humorously guide us through his search for creative expression, and share some of the resources he found particularly helpful, including The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. We will have the opportunity to enjoy hearing him perform some of his work as well.

    See the poster for more information
    Reserve your spot and register with your menu choice on this page.

    Date:           Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

    Time:           6:00pm Drinks, 7:00pm Dinner, 8:00pm Presentation
    Place:         4th Floor Hilton Osaka
    Cost:           ¥5,000 - Members
                        ¥7,000 - Non-Members (Women Only)

    RSVP:         by Nov 14, 2019

    *** Menu ***


    Assorted root vegetables confit on parsnip puree, mesclun greens, walnut oil vinaigrette 
    Roast salmon Mi-cuit, mushrooms fricassee and poached egg


    Assorted root vegetables confit on parsnip puree, mesclun greens, walnut oil vinaigrette 
    Roast duck breast, apple feuillete, griotte cherry and rum sauce

    <Vegetarian & Vegan >

    Assorted root vegetables confit on parsnip puree, mesclun greens, walnut oil vinaigrette 
    Tofu, cereal and chestnut meatloaf with tofu skin and Chinese cabbage thickened sauce Steamed Inca potato, baby carrot and grilled vegetables

    All meals come with Dessert and Coffee or Tea


    Salty caramel chocolate tart with raspberry

    Vegan Dessert: .

    Mixed berries spice compote, raspberry sherbet

    Should you need to cancel after the cancellation deadline (Nov 17), you are responsible for the meeting fee, unless you find someone to take your place.

    Our meeting room is on the 4F of the Osaka Hilton.

    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Free Mind Yoga (near Bentencho station, JR Loop Line)
    • 4

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

    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? Maybe you just want more time to focus inward? 

    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: Nov. 24 (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 a new 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!

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Oriental Hotel Kobe

    2019 FEW Holiday Party
    December 7, 2019

    Oriental Hotel Kobe

    Venue:   Oriental Hotel Kobe in Motomachi, Kobe
    Access: walk from JR Motomachi station
                   or subway Kyukyoryuchi-Daimarumae station map
    Date:      December 7, 2019
    Time:     7:15 pm to 9:30 pm (registration opens at 7:00 pm)
    Price:     members 8,500 yen and guests 10,000 yen (tax incl.)
    RSVP:    by Nov 30

    It’s FEW party time! Come to the beautiful Oriental Hotel for a full course dinner, free flowing sparkling wine, raffle prizes, lots of fun, and a gift exchange! (Please bring a gift worth \1,000 per person) Partners and friends welcome!

    ~*~*~*~*~raffle ideas and donations welcome~*~*~*~*~

    While the vegetarian menu will be announced later, you can already sign up with your basic menu choice (regular or vegetarian)



    Seared Scallop Carpaccio with Olive Salsa

    Casarecce with Tuna Confit and Mushrooms "Boscaiola" Sauce

    Grilled Sea Bream, Thyme and Anchovy Cream Sauce

    Roasted Galician Pork Loin and Cauliflower

    Mandarin Orange and Hazelnut Praline Semifreddo

Past events

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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