Who is Rica?

Rica Takeuchi is the founder of CHA-Link
Also the First Miss Tea Ambassador of Japan, a Master of Japanese Leaf Tea (Sencha) Ceremony, Japanese tea Instructor or Sommelier,  and a Mindfulness Specialist   
Rica manages this website about Japanese tea, CHA-Link. Also she has developed a new type of meditation with tea “cha-link” and started sharing the idea with people in and out side of Japan.
Her mission is to share the beauty of Japanese tea with people all over the world.
Why Rica founded CHA-Link? Please visit “Welcome to CHA-Link” and find her passions and the vision of CHA-Link.

Rica's background

  • Rica was born on August 10 1989 in a family that was running a tea shop in Higashikurume, Tokyo 
  • She graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University with an English and American Literature degree. Also she majored in Recreation and Tourism Management in San Diego State University for one year as an exchange student. After studying abroad, she experienced an internship at the tourist office of San Diego in Tokyo. She won a scholarship by Masatochi Kumagai, the founder of GMO Internet Inc.
  • After graduation, Rica joined a program of the Official Development Assistance under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2014. She worked for the marketing office of the Ministry of Tourism, Timor-Lest for 2 years as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer. She was especially in charge of marketing for an international mountain bike stage race, Tour de Timor and succeeded in raising the number of participants from abroad in 2015 more than double number in 2014. After finishing her mission as a JOCV, she accepted an offer from the Ministry of Youth & Sport, Timor-Leste to be a marketing and hospitality adviser for the Tour de Timor and Dili Marathon in 2016. Finally came back to Japan after completing her duty in Timor-Leste in the end of 2016
  • Rica has decided to contribute to her own country after her experiences in Timor-Leste when she came back to Japan. So she founded CHA-Link holding a vision to link people from different worlds through Japanese tea
  • Rica has been honored to be the First Miss Tea Ambassador of Japan to spread the beauty of Japanese tea around the world by winning a Tea Ambassador Contest organized by the Tea Association of Japan 2018
  • She has developed Ocha Mindfulness – purify yourself and grow your inner peace – and is now focusing on sharing this idea with people domestically and internationally
  • Rica also works for different types of projects from international and Japanese organizations and companies :

  • Interpreter between English and Japanese for Japan Para-cycling Federation ( 2017 until now )
  • Interpreter between English and Japanese & Coordinator of a social program to think about your happiness held in Portland, the USA ” ( 2018 until now )
  • 株式会社シェアーズ(企業分析のアルゴリズム/ツール開発会社)の事業開発ディレクターとして法人営業を担当。スタートアップ9社で行われたピッチコンテストに登壇し優勝する。(2016~2018)
  • 公益財団法人青年海外協力協会の依頼で青山学院大学で国際ボランティア講師として講演 を行う。(2017)
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