26 years old Singaporean anime enthusiast Feng Shi Wen (冯诗雯) is the taichou of Akihabra’s band of multilingual meido tour guides.
Saw this article in a local Chinese papers last week. Those who are proficient in Chinese may read the original article here. Else below is a brief translated summary. Pardon for the crappy scanned pic.
Currently based in Japan, Shi Wen is a frequent visitor of Akiba when she was in Tokyo as a university exchange student. She decided to stay and started her own business 2 years ago. Seeing the business potential, Shi Wen realises the need to cater to the increasing amount of foreign visitors in Akiba. Other than giving tours, Shi Fen also runs a website introducing Akiba.
But it was not all-smooth sailing for her. During the course of entrepreneurship, she is faced with issues like gender, seniority and nationality. To counter these shortcomings, she hired older men with experiences hoping it will solve the problem. Unfortunately it turns out to be the opposite. Customers refused to acknowledge her presence and male employees decline to listen to their younger female boss. Having learnt from this lesson she decided to hire females instead.
Shi Wen does have her advantage though. Having grown up in multiracial Singapore, she pointed out her biggest selling point is she gets along well with foreigners. She also understands the needs of the retailers and through her understanding of numerous languages, knows what the foreigners are after as well.
Recently she even encourages stores in Akiba to speak English. Store clerks who are able to speak Britannia were given a badge designed by her.
The young businesswoman added that although she can’t wear her meido uniform on the streets of Singapore, she is able to do so in Akiba. She learnt a lot in her 2 years of entrepreneurship and understands that doing business is like playing a game, there are up and downs and the outcome depends on the strategies used.
Way to go girl, we (or at least me) are proud of you. Additionally I think you look cute than some local meido as well.