Sharing Caring Culture founder. She is a General Manager of SCC, along with Sunyoung. She was raised in the U.S for three years and having a strong commitment to diversity. With the experience of over 10 years of English school and Japanese elementary school teacher, Keiko started Sharing Caring Culture in 2014 to promote international friendships and understanding between Japanese and non-Japanese through cooking, art and other cultural activities.
Sunyoung is a General Manager of SCC, along with Keiko. She is on the Board of Directors with Keiko and Chiharu Uchida.
"At SCC, I want to create and provide a place for mothers of different nationalities and cultures to foster connections and gain opportunities. I want to help them to integrate with the community, and play an active role in the community.
I love SCC because it has a cultural diversity that is not biased towards one nationality or culture. The participants in SCC activities are also highly interested in foreign cultures and education, and I feel that it is wonderful that they utilise each other's strengths to make creative places through collaboration.
I think diversity is created by the individuality of each person.
Recognising diversity means being interested in, and respecting, each and every human being."
Chiharu is on the Board of Directors with Keiko and Sunyoung.
"I want to help people by sharing my experience as a preschool teacher in Japan and the U.S., and interacting parents and children with my university students.
The thing I like most about SCC is the openness of the people.
I think diversity means 'Possibility'. Diversity brings more possibility in any community. Differences bring things to think about, lighten up ordinary things so that we can see them from new angles, and many other inspirations. "
Matthew is an Office and Administrative Coordinator with Yuki.
"I volunteer for SCC because I want to help children get along well with each other. I also want children to know more about the world. I help children become more confident so they can make a better future for themselves.
The thing I enjoy most about SCC is getting to know the volunteers and participants. I love planning events and joining the events too.
My idea of diversity is seeing different ways of doing things and finding better ways to work together.
"I want to support people who feel uncomfortable or isolated in the community. At the same time I want to help children have broad perspective to their own world and see how much potential they have in the future.
As a participant, I love SCC’s tolerance and open-mind attitude to anyone. It doesn’t matter what nationality, religious and educational background a person has. SCC just considers that “difference” is our “personality” and “difference” makes our society more “colourful”.
As a volunteer, I love to meet various people and make a lot of international friends through SCC’s activities. This opportunity makes my everyday life more exciting and stimulates in a good way.
People can show their differences with confidence in the society. This is “diversity” to me, and it is not only for external differences but also internal differences as well." - Yuki
My main career is teaching Thai culture as instructor. I am so proud and happy to meet many people and share my culture. Cooking, I am also passionate with cooking. Thank you SCC for giving me a wonderful opportunity with this position, senior cooking instructor. I am really happy when I am in the kitchen with various friends.
I love both as a volunteer and a participant.
As volunteer, I can help and share. ( be Giver)
As participant, I can gain the new things. (Be receiver) how wonderful !
I think "diversity" means mixing but not messy.
Elena is a key member of the Oyaco's Room Parent Support team. She runs may of the Oyaco sessions, especially craft activities.
"I’m happy that I can connect with families from different backgrounds and share not only my own culture and language but also my experience with gentle parenting and attachment parenting which starts when pregnancy does. That’s why I consider Oyaco Room is the right place on SCC.
I enjoy participating in the organization of different activities for SCC and specially matching foreign parents with the right group or person so they can get support. And SCC is the best place to meet both parties.
Diversity is found on each person when they go to meet each other. It always calls for respect and some understanding is necessary. SCC is a good platform to show how different is good."
Former gender and development specialist. Now, a housewife in Japan. Has sociology background and loves to travel. Currently, back to blogging about travelling in Japan, writing about women and parenting issues, learning drawing, sewing, photography. Sometimes create postcards and patterns.
"Through the Oyaco Parent Support project, I want to help first-time parents who are living in Japan, with useful information. In the future I want explore Indonesian nature with kids, using drawing.
My favourite SCC activity is reading Indonesian children book for kids with different background. It’s so fun! Also, publishing the Oyaco booklet is challenging to do.
Diversity is about respecting each other!"
Asako is the SCC Business Translation Coordinator. She receives translation orders from SCC partner companies and individual partners, and bridges between translators and clients.
"I love SCC because we can connect with people from various countries in SCC. We can have experiences of many countries even though we're in Japan. I joined the OYACO booklet project. I am happy if it helps many international families in this area. For me “diversity” is to respect, know, and listen to each other."
Mayumi is a Team Building Coordinator, along with Miki. Together they organize team building opportunities for SCC full members and supporters. They plan and arrange team building seminars or workshops at the SCC members meeting.
"I want to help people get more opportunities to be connected to society. I do this through planning and supporting SCC workshop that they can enjoy as its participant, its facilitator.
For me, “diversity” means respecting other people as they are. But never giving up trying to understand each other.
I love SCC because it is fun!" - Mayumi
Miki is a Team Building Coordinator, along with Mayumi. Together they organize team building opportunities for SCC full members and supporters. They plan and arrange team building seminars or workshops at the SCC members meeting.
"Through my work with SCC I want to help people by making an atmosphere that’s non-hierarchical, equal and full of smiles!
As an SCC volunteer I love to share time with reliable friends and it’s exciting to do projects with them.
As a participant in SCC activities, I love spending pleasurable time with people who come from many kinds of backgrounds. It enriches my mind.
For me, diversity is having curiosity about each other and feeling comfortable expressing ourselves."