Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese


  Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese

  Supporting women since 1969



The Journal is published by AFWJ six times per year, and consists of informative articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, personal experiences and other contributions by our members. It is available exclusively to members. The following articles have been featured in past issues:

I Don't Want to Be a Good Japanese Mom!

Being a good mom according to Japanese cultural norms is so much from how I see myself as a mom. Based on my own observations, being a good Japanese mom means completely giving up oneself, one's identity, one's dreams, one's goals, and one's sexuality for one's children and husband. It's often hard to think of my future dreams and goals when I hear and see messages all around me to fit in and be a "good Japanese mom...."

The American High School Option

Have you ever intimated that kids might be having more fun and far less stress back in your home country? I confess to having mouthed off for years, so I should not have been surprised when I asked my twins what high school they wanted to try for and one said,"It is time to be an American boy. Free education with no tests." The other guy said, "I signed up for the rugby team. I don't like tests either and it is close so I can ride my bike and cheap so papa will be happy." So now I have identical twins answering to different nationalities....

Shopping in the Days of Yore

As much as I like country living and coming home to the smell of cows when I turn off the highway, I look forward to going into the heart of Tokyo every season for a morning at Who-Ga, an upscale beauty salon, and an afternoon of surprises in the city. Jenny and I began this ritual a few years ago. We meet at the far end of the Tozai line, and transfer to the Chiyoda about the time we have covered the gardening, teaching, parenting, housekeeping, and cooking topics that make up our world in Chiba. 

The Journal is available exclusively to AFWJ members, but you can read and download a sample journal here:


"A few hours of feeling connected to friends all over Japan - and beyond ! I laugh and I cry with my AFWJ sisters, as they share their stories, insights and experiences, understanding it all." 

E.M. -- Shimane Prefecture

Upcoming Journal Topics:

April 2017

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a time of renewal, both mentally and physically. How do you get all the dust bunnies out of the house post-winter? How do you celebrate this season of rebirth? From new beginnings at school and at work, to gearing up in the garden, no one can escape the spring in their step once the world starts to thaw. Share your spring with all of us at AFWJ!    
Deadline: March 1st 2017

June 2017

Summer is coming (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) and it`s a time when we all start to turn outwards for the warmer months. How do you keep yourself feeling mentally and physically well? Share your fitness tips, your best healthy recipes, or your ideas for being your best "you"! 
Deadline: May 1st 2017

August 2017
The Book Issue

Many of our members are bookworms, writers, or both. Riding on the coattails of our Naruto Convention`s panel, give us your book stories? What are your favorites? Why do you read? Why do you write? All the book love that`s fit to print!   Deadline: July 1st 2017

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