Girl Power

“I would like to do something to empower women in Japan. They still play a small role in society—a pity, considering there are plenty of intelligent women in this country. And many are resigned to accepting marriage as the ultimate goal or their only option in life, which isn’t so bad in itself, but I wish they’d also pursue their actual interests. This is exactly what I’m doing now: coming to Japan to gain new experiences outside the comfort of the Canary Islands, where I grew up, and Barcelona, where I spent almost 10 years.

Natalia ready to explore this bustling city on a balmy June afternoon

“I did so many fulfilling things (including, but not limited to, working as a flight attendant and being an HR personnel for a global company) but then the urge to chase after my dream of living in Japan became so strong. That’s why I’m here in Japan now and I’m loving it. It’s a good break from Spain, where things are getting worse, politically speaking. Don’t even get me started on the economy!

“Although one thing I miss, aside from family and friends, is the way people show affection for each other. I mean I give my mom a kiss at least four times a day.”

“Here, I met a Japanese guy who has never been hugged by his own mother.”

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Finding diversity and inclusion. Breaking down barriers one post at a time. Stories and snapshots of foreigners making their way in Japan.

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