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ELLE CAFÉ with Chonnakarn Akrapreedee

We met our monthly guest at ELLE CAFÉ- a venue filled with delicate coral and pearl decorations, reminiscent of a summer resort. This month’s guest, Chonnakarn Akrapreedee, is from Thailand, known in Japan as “the country of smiles”.

Chonnakarn came to Fukuoka as General Manager of Thai Airways (TG) South Japan in 2011, after joining TG in 2000 and spending the past years at head offices in Bangkok and Frankfurt. Besides working hard to send Kyushu people to Thailand (and all over the world) as a representative figure of the airline, she also enjoys traveling privately. She strives to visit new places in order to learn their cultures.

“I take photos when I travel. Sights, foods, signs – anything to preserve my memories.” She shares these “visual memos” with her family and friends over the Internet. Live communication via Skype is an important method of communicating with those most precious to her.

After a pleasant chat, and a fragrant cup of tea of French quality THE ô DOR (¥756), what’s next? Shopping, of course! She loves shopping so much that she has to “keep a hold of” herself at times. You will notice that Chonnakarn has a good taste in fashion. “Being a woman can be an advantage. If you can manage yourself well, you can put on a good performance. Drive yourself forward!”

Price: Ruca Coral & Pearl Bracelet ¥9,975

Chonnakarn certainly likes making people happy- her first reply when introduced to a Ruca accessory (made by the hands of an Okinawan artist) was “It would make a good present”. When she thinks of other people’s happiness, greater happiness comes to her. “To live happily is the most important thing.”

ELLE CAFÉ Fukuoka Hakata
4F Hakata Hankyu, 1-1 Hakataeki-chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-419-5832
Open: 10:00 ~ 21:00

Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn153 Sep. 2011)
Fukuoka City
Published: Sep 1, 2011 / Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017

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