Nice to meet you, はじめまして ,
My name is Ingrid Houtkooper. I am Japanologist, communications professional and writer.
As communication/PR professional I have more than 20 years of management and strategic experience. Spokesperson, marketing PR, internal and external communication, crisis communication, all aspects of this profession are within my range of expertise. Companies I worked for as communications/PR manager are a.o. Yakult Europe, Ahold/Albert Heijn, Etos, Blokker Holding, Kruidvat, DA and Municipality of Almere.
Graduated from Leiden University in Japanese studies, I speak/write/read Japanese daily. I absolutely love the country, the Japanese culture and people. I am always building bridges between people and cultures, in a social as well as in a business environment.
For the Dutch Japanese Association (NJV) I organised, as a volunteer, all events during the 60th years anniversary year in 2018.
Co founder EnsoSchool
The EnsoSchool started in 2018 and offers lectures, workshops and courses based on (elements of) Japanese culture. For more information www.ensoschool.nl.
Public speaker / lectures
As a specialist on Japanese culture I give public lectures. In 2018 about Fukushima seven years after the disaster, in March 2019 at Japanmuseum SieboldHuis lectures about Hina Matsuri (girl's day in Japan) and on international women's day a lecture about women in Japanese society.
I love to write. My own stories and the ones I make for you are either spoken, written on paper or online, in a book, a magazine, a blog, or communicated through social media.
For the Dutch magazine Opzij I wrote an article about women and work in Japan (published February 2014) and about life after the great disaster in Fukushima (published in september 2018). For Flow Magazine I wrote an article about working mothers in Tokyo (published 2015/2016 in all international editions of Flow Magazine) and about tiny houses and small living in Japan (published April 2017/2018 in all international editions).
For Yanmar Europe - the European headquarters of the Japanese diesel engines manufacturer Yanmar - I wrote their 25th-anniversary book. I dug into the history of the company in Japan and Europe and spoke to a lot of stakeholders of Yanmar in Europe - the mayor of Almere, major clients, employees. At the head office in Osaka, I interviewed many Japanese Yanmar employees who worked for several years as expats in the Netherlands and recorded their stories about their work and life in a different culture. As a result, the book lively portraits a successful and true international company with clear Japanese dna.
My own stories you can read at my blog in Dutch (monogataria.blogspot.nl) or you can follow me through twitter: @ingridih (Dutch/English/Japanese) or @orandakara (Japanese) and instagram (ingridih23 and orandakara).