Here’s a really great interview with Avril Haye Matsui, a British woman who is married to a Japanese man. Avril founded an organisation called Black Women in Japan which can be found on Facebook.

I remember briefly meeting Avril at the Kyoto Convention. Her beautiful smile made me feel so relaxed and at ease. A truly lovely woman, inside and out.

Lunch at Ikea

Today I met a fellow AFWJ member for lunch at Ikea. We had lots of fun and laughs and we were able to share a lot of stories. Sometimes living in a more rural part of Japan it is hard to meet other foreign women so it was a lovely opportunity.

I couldn’t resist the hazelnut chocolate and Daim bars on the way out. 


Welcome to the AFWJ Blog!

This Blog was started to show members, potential members or anyone interested in our organisation more about us and our activities.

AFWJ is a support group and networking organisation for foreign women with Japanese partners. We have around 500 members worldwide. Our activities include meet-ups, online groups, a bi-monthly journal and an annual convention.

If you are interested in learning more about us, don’t hesitate to contact us at info(at)