A Helping Hand for Foreign Women in Kyoto
Neighborhood relations, childcare, PTA: in Japan, issues that involve women are plenty and part of everyday routine. But for women from abroad, they can be obstacles to adapting to life in Japan. Nina Hakkarainen, a Kyoto-based Finnish woman, founded an organization offering support to non-Japanese women. As we tag along in her work, we look at the struggles of foreign women to become active members of society. We also visit the kawaii side of Harajuku with a charismatic shop clerk from France.
Nina (center) holding a meeting to support foreign women
Nina teaching simple Japanese
Nina cherishes neighborhood relationships
Nyun standing "kawaii" workplace in Harajuku