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~Shining women interview Celine②~

投稿日:2020年7月12日

 

Shining women suit shining teeth.

 

I’ve been working for teeth whitening field for about 10 years, and made my patients teeth shine and brighter as a dentist.

Recently I realized that I’d love to know people’s life more.

Normal life never exists.

Each woman has their own stories.

These are shining women’s interviews that I’ve met all over the world.

I hope it will help you to inspire your life, to lead you brighter life.

 

Remi Kitabayashi DDS

 
 
 

Celine is a French woman who is based in Tokyo, and NGO cameleon fundraiser.

I've interviewed her fantastic career and life!

Why does she live in Tokyo now?

Why does she sew her products?

She is an amazing woman literally.

 

What  is the best moment joining in cameleon?

I am sponsoring now 3 girls

and I am visiting them every year.

I am spending few days with them,

participating to the activities

and being witness of their progress.

Changing the life of a child,

being part of it, is such a grateful feeling!

 

How can we support those girls?

you can apply online directly on the website:

https://www.cameleon-association.org/je-parraine-un-enfant/?lang=en

According to your budget and to the needs of each child, you bear a part of the school fees and the extracurricular costs of your godchild within the CAMELEON programs : 

28€ = school fees, school supplies, uniforms

44€ = school fees, school supplies, uniforms, transports, school trips

56€ = school fees, school supplies, uniforms, transports, school trips, exams fees, internships and professional training, personalized academic support.

 

 

Your sewing, bags, masks, everything is so beautiful!

Did you learn how to sew and make up things by your own?

Did you like sewing when you were a child?

I am a complete autodidact!

Actually I never took any sewing class,

one day I bought a sewing machine and I watched tutorial videos.

 

Why did you start to live in Japan?

I came to Japan few times before living here and I loved it. 

My husband had a job opportunity,

he moved first and then I joined him one year later.

 

 I've heard you've lived and traveledmany countries.

Compare to those countries, what do you like about Japan?

And what do you don't like about Japan?

 

I love Japan, it is safe, clean, organised, the food is so good,

we can ski in winter and scuba dive in summer,

each province has his own traditions, cultural & artisanal specificities.

 

BUT I know I would never be able to work in a local company

so I am happy and lucky to work from home and be my own boss.

The working environment is too stressful, rigid, codified… 

 

From Japanese women's point of view,

French women seem so free.

For example, in Japan women still have a lot of pressure

that we should get married before 30years old, and have kids.

Do you have this kind of social pressure in France also?

 

No, in France it is well accepted to live together

and have children outside of marriage.

There is no age limit to get married.

Personally I got married just before moving to Japan to get my visa,

it took 10 minutes, one witness each and no ceremony.

If it was not for a visa, I would have never been married.

 

 And in Japan, we can't have kids without marriage.

But I've heard many kids are born without marriage in France.

Where do you think the difference is coming from?

Culture? Education? 

 

It is a cultural difference.

The law is also very different in France once you get divorced,

both parents have equals rights.

I know it is not the case here and it is really chocking for us.

 

What is your future goal? Do you have any dreams? 

My goal is to create my own brand,

using only Japanese vintage fabrics

and making upcycled accessories.

 

I will also continue to make more affordable products for couture4cameleon.

 

Please give your message to Japanese women

who want to be independent and have their own job or activities!

As a women, working in a male environment,

I had to work harder to succeed,

to be respected and to achieved my goals.

 

In japan, you have to challenge a discriminatory culture

that makes it nearly impossible for women to advance a career while raising a family.

Things are changing, slowly indeed

but Japanese women should take more active part

in the worldwide feminism movement

to change the mentalities and look for more satisfaction outside the household.

 
 
Celine's words encourage us!
She is doing what she wants to do,
and it directly helps girls who need support.
That's amazing!
When I heard she has a high-career job int he past,
I wondered why she started to sewing her accessories
with a sewing machine at home.
Here is the answer which made me impressed.
Thank you for joing us, Celine!
 
We'll keep focusing on shining women.

院長プロフィール

 院長 北林 玲美

経歴

  • 東京歯科大学卒業
  • ホワイトニング専門クリニック、一般歯科勤務
  • 表参道ホワイトデンタルクリニック開業

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