The ikigai in fighting and filmmaking with Rionne McAvoy

Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai

12-12-2023 • 1時間 5分

On this latest episode of Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai I talk to Rionne McAvoy who I first came into contact with through their documentary film “The Ones Left Behind: The Plight of Single Mothers in Japan.” The film is an incredibly moving look at an often ignored aspect of life in Japan for many mothers and their children, as well as helping to improve their living conditions.

Listen to the episode to hear more about the documentary, as well as learning how Rionne found his ikigai in filmmaking, martial arts and pro wrestling!

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Rionne got started in martial arts
  • What brought Rionne to Japan
  • About becoming a pro wrestler in his thirties
  • About Rionne’s love of filmmaking
  • What led Rionne to make The Ones Left Behind, a documentary on single mothers in Japan

About Rionne:

Rionne McAvoy is a documentary filmmaker originally hailing from the Gold Coast in Australia. Residing in Tokyo for almost 20 years, his documentary "The Ones Left Behind: The Plight of Single Mothers in Japan" is a shining light down the path of improving the living conditions for single parents both in Japan and around the world. His documentary delves deep into Japanese society culture and history to expose a side of Japan that many refuse to admit exists.

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