My New Projects

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Fortunately, I had many opportunities to meet new people these days, and also it seems like there are new readers of this blog, I would like to talk more about my personal life and goals in today’s post.

First of all, just in case you don’t know, my name is Risa, and I am:

  • The author of “Like a Tiny Flower”, English and Japanese bilingual blog.
  • A saxophone player, who would never ever be able to get rid of music from my life.
  • A global sales who imports German-made machines and sell them to Japanese companies.

If you have read this blog before, you may already know, but I was born and raised in Japan, and English is my second language. I learned it so hard since I really love writing and speaking in English.

However, I didn’t become an English teacher – because I am into the language itself, but I am more into amazing and even magical events we can experience when we connect with other people regardless of the differences of languages, cultures, and backgrounds.

For example I feel so excited and happy when creative people with completely different backgrounds meet and communicate and understand somehow with each other through their art, and have a great time together.

And before I notice, I came to always wonder if there is anything I can do to create more of those opportunities so that other people can also experience that and they benefit from it.

At my day job as a global sales, everyday I struggle but enjoy to work with European manufacturers and Japanese users who speak different languages, who think differently, and who work with different values trying to achieve one same goal together.

Of course I have to do tons of paper works and other things I don’t really enjoy as well.

However, thanks to that, I could realize that I feel excited and rewarding the most when I feel that I could be the reason those people who have differences could understand, appreciate, and cooperate with each other and create something great together.

Then I gradually started to think I want to do more of things like this outside of my professional life as well.


Just after I started to think this way, my friends gave me a perfect opportunity.

If you are familiar with my personal life, you may already know about this place – my favorite bar, “Alchemy, Kobe“. My friends who are running this place asked me if could bring more of talented, local musicians I know around Kobe to perform here.

People work here have mixed and various backgrounds, so as the customers. So 50% or more of communication here is in English. And I am friends with some amazing musicians who lives near this area, so it seemed like there are a lot of things I can do.

However, at the same time, I was also worried in the back of my head if it could be really beneficial, effective, or even necessary to have me in between the bar and musicians – since I know many musicians can write and understand English well, more than enough to discuss about the gigs, and also Google translate works well these days.

But I decided to ignore these worries anyway and give this a shot – because this new project is about my top two favorite things – music, and connecting people regardless of – or more like with appreciating the differences.

So I am going to ask amazing musicians I know – or I will meet in the future – to come to Alchemy and perform, and will organize their gigs. Just a heads up that I am going to often advertise events from now on (not here but on my personal social media accounts), but I promise I will bring only someone who I truly love and respect, and who you will also enjoy.

Last, but not the least, if you are learning English as your second language and need some advice for that, or if you are Japanese people who have something you want to do with non Japanese people but don’t know how, or if you are not Japanese who have an project that you want to do with Japanese people but need some help, please let me know! I would love to help if there is anything I can do.

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