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Aya Vanessa. Japan

07/30/17

Aya Vanessa. Japan

You need to be really tough to play rugby and I wanted to be a part of it, so I tried out
and got into the Japanese squad.

I’m thirty, and I live in Tokyo. The hardest thing about being a mother and working in Tokyo is that it’s really hard to find a day-care. If there were people to look after our babies, it would be much easier for us to work and feel good about working, feel good about being a woman, and feel strongly about living in Tokyo! Even though men and women are meant to be equal, I think men have a better chance to succeed and do what they want to do, whereas for women it’s really hard, because once they’ve had a baby they kind of have to step down. My impression is that working women with babies will want to get back to work, but I don’t think that Japan has caught up to the idea of working mothers yet.


Right now I’m a makeup artist, and I actually worked in makeup and played rugby at the same time! You need to be really tough to play rugby and I wanted to be a part of it, so I tried out and got into the Japan team. I played for a few years, then I realised that I was more of a fan than a player…

I want to be an example for women to look beautiful and feel beautiful about themselves. Beauty for me means loving yourself and I think if you don’t love yourself, if you don’t feel good about yourself, then you can’t love others and you can’t feel happy about yourself and you can’t be happy for others. For me ‘just being yourself’ is beauty.