Thursday May 9, 7:00-10:00pm Spice up your Life

Thursday May 9, 7:00-10:00pm
FEW Monthly Meeting Theme: Spice up your Life!
Main speaker: Yukiko Matano Gray, President and Founder, Spice Rack
Featuring Spices from Women’s Entrepreneur Group ‘Spice Rack’
* Maïa Manigilier, Creative Director exprime / maiagonomi
* Sonoko Ishii, Jewelry Designer, snowcone & vamp.
Location: Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo
Fee: Members ¥3,000  Guests (women only)  ¥5,000 – includes Drinks and dinner buffet
RSVP: Please be sure to email Bethan at to secure your seat!
FEW monthly events are only open to women – members and non-members from every background and nationality.

Main speaker
yukiko_gray_041213Yukiko Matano Gray, Founder, Spice Rack 
Yuki was brought up in New York and Hong Kong. After graduating from high school, she completed a BA in Economics at Middlebury College in Vermont and graduated with an MIA in International Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She worked in corporate finance at Fuji Bank & Trust Company and Kidder, Peabody & Co before starting her company GT Partners, Inc. in 1994. GT Partners is a creative agency based in Tokyo. In 2011, she launched Spice Rack in order to support other independently working women through the Spice Rack infrastructure, its community and mentorship. She is the mother of two college age children.

spice rack logo_printThe idea behind Spice Rack: A working woman is like a spice.

With personality, talent and style,’Spices’ give flavorful impact to society.
In order to celebrate their individuality and to utilize their talents while balancing the various responsibilities of life, we believe that ‘starting an independent business’ is one solution for the Spices.
Spice Rack is a new platform that provides Spices with the infrastructure necessary to start a business, access to a community of other women in similar situations, and a venue to transmit information to the world.
Spice Rack supports independently working women to believe in their potential, to have fun while they work and to realize their dreams.
The Rack is the place where the Spices assemble
  • Rack is the page where all the registered Spices gather.
  • It is the entryway to the Spice Pages.
  • A Spice Page posts information about each Spice’s product, work or service.

maiagonomi_profFeatured Spices

Maïa Manigilier, Creative Director exprime / maiagonomi

Moved to Japan in 1989, after obtaining a masters degree in Japanese and Japanese culture from the Universite de Paris. Established a graphic design firm exprime inc. in 1997, and as President, continues to direct creative design projects in various fields. Currently undertaking numerous projects that connect French and Japanese people and culture.


exprime / maiagonomi:
The World Can Be Changed by Altering Viewpoints
Parisian Maïa Manigilier flipped around the last “e” of Exprime when she was designing the
logo for her company Exprime Inc. She wanted a visual image of her concept, which is “to alter viewpoints”. She designs a wide variety of products from company logos, catalogues, websites, liquor packages, gift items and magazines. Recently she is focusing on “Maïa-gonomi,” an original brand of modern and stylish goods which infuses a new Japanese worldview.
“Mixing the French view into something traditionally Japanese… by altering the point-of-view, the impression changes dramatically,” says Maïa, talking about her approach to design.
prof_sonokoSonoko Ishii, Jewelry Designer, snowcone & vamp
Sonoko spent part of her childhood in England. After returning to Japan, she worked for a liability insurance company, an ad agency, a law firm and an IT start-up managing a website for women, in 2002 began freelance interpretation, mainly in the entertainment (theatre, musicals, rock music ) industry. In 2005, she started to make silver jewelry. Since 2009, Sonoko’s jewelry has been sold at the surf shop BLUE HORIZON located on the beach at Shichiriga-Hama, Kamakura.
snowcone & vamp:
image_01_02Jewelry that Personifies and Personalizes Your Look
Jewelry is small in size compared to other things that you wear, but it tells people a story about you.  snowcone & vamp’s line-up mostly has larger-style jewelry. The brand has two distinct lines; the natural and organic “snowcone” line and the more sophisticated “vamp” line. Sonoko “would like Japanese women to wear jewelry that have statements about their individuality, not just follow fashion trends.“


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