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Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai

Jennifer Shinkai

You’ve probably heard of the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” but are wondering how you can successfully apply it to your life. How do you start living a life of purpose, jumping out of bed, excited to face the day? Join the Tokyo based, British born facilitator and coach, Jennifer Shinkai and her guests to hear real-life stories of how regular people found and integrated their ikigai. Be inspired by how they took their first steps and how their lives have changed. Still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Looking for practical tips to find your ikigai? Then this show is for you.

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#1 Welcome to Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai
The Ikigai in Sharing Happy Moments with Tiziana Alamprese
This week on the podcast we talk to the wonderful Tiziana Alamprese. Tiziana is an infectiously positive and energetic person, who loves to share her joy with others. Tiziana has spent decades as a top marketing professional and now is embarking on a new journey with her own company, Tiziana Alamprese Consulenza, bringing love, innovation and creativity into branding and marketing. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: The various ways Tiziana uses her social media to spread positivity (#greypride) What ‘Love-ting’ is, and why it is important to Tiziana’s business How Tiziana finds her ikigai in sharing positive moments with others Tiziana’s advice for people struggling to express their true selves in the workplace  About Tiziana: Tiziana is a free spirit, against all discriminations, abuses and wars done in the name of religion, race, sex, money and political faith. Her challenge at work, for the last 30 years, has been to contribute in a creative and innovative way to the changing process within the automotive business. Keeping her smile untouched! Tiziana has covered international roles in the areas of Marketing, Digital and CRM, and has been a steady contributor to the success of the brands she’s managed as Marketing Director in Japan since 2005. Tiziana is ready to start a new adventure, with her own company - Tiziana Alamprese Consulenza - to spread her creative ideas & marketing strategies towards wider horizons! Tiziana’s specialties: Business Achievements & Customers Happiness through Creativity, Innovation & Love Branding; a true Love-ting, not just a Marketing top professional Connect with Tiziana: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tizianaalamprese (https://www.instagram.com/tizianaalamprese) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ ) Things mentioned in the episode: TELL Japan website: https://telljp.com/ (https://telljp.com/)
26-04-2022
57分
Audacious Dreams and Ikigai with Lowell Sheppard
This week on the podcast I talk to the inspirational Lowell Sheppard. Lowell is the Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan, author of the book Never Too Late and Founder of the Never Too Late Academy, and an avid sailor. He is currently training for his dream solo voyage across the Pacific, by sailing around Japan in collaboration with the History Channel. Lowell shares some truly remarkable stories about his work as a social entrepreneur, his love of sailing, how he conceptualizes his ikigai and his legacy, and how he helps others find their purpose and to achieve their dreams. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: The relationship between dreams and ikigai What Nemo North is, and why Lowell considers it to be part of his ikigai How the possibility of learning new things is also a huge part of Lowell’s ikigai About Lowell’s Never Too Late Community and why it resonates with people, especially middle-aged men Where Lowell sees his legacy, you may need some tissues handy! About  Lowell: Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, former minister, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, long-distance cyclist, and aspiring sailor. Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established non-government organisations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE-JP to be in the top 2% of charitable organisations in Japan with the coveted “nintei” certified tax-deductible status. Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy. He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects. As an author, his book Never Too Late (Lion Hudson PLC, 2005) was published in four languages and was the catalyst for his latest social enterprise called the Never Too Late Academy, which helps others gain the courage and tools to realize their dreams. T he flagship course is called “Daring To Realize Your Dream”.  Lowell moved onto a sailboat two years ago in Tokyo and is currently sailing full time around Japan, training for his solo crossing of the Pacific before the age of 70. His voyage is being documented by the History Channel.  Connect with Lowell: Websites: https://www.nevertoolateacademy.com/ (https://www.nevertoolateacademy.com/) http://www.hope.or.jp/ (www.hope.or.jp)  http://www.navigate22.com/ (www.navigate22.com)  http://www.pacificsolo.com/ (www.pacificsolo.com) Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlY62JTMMkU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlY62JTMMkU) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pacificsolo (https://www.facebook.com/pacificsolo) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lowellinjapan/ (https://www.instagram.com/lowellinjapan/) Book: https://www.amazon.com/Never-Too-Late-Change-Course/dp/0825461014 (https://www.amazon.com/Never-Too-Late-Change-Course/dp/0825461014) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
21-03-2022
55分
Ikigai and Community: Make March Matter
On February 27th, 2020 Make March Matter (MMM), the best, most supportive online network of people came into being for small business owners struggling to make sense of what was happening as the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Now two years on, that group set up by Jennifer Shinkai just to get through March, has blossomed into a vibrant community that continues to be a source of inspiration, joy and connection for its members. Today we’d like to introduce you to some of them!  In this episode you’ll hear: The importance of having a network to be part of when tough times hit The benefits of joining a network where people come from a variety of work and life situations Why Jennifer chose not to monetise the group  How light accountability helped to give structure to the week when that had disappeared from suddenly working from home The benefits of the MMM “pause” and other self care skills that are practiced in MMM meetings How to leave with grace, when it’s time to move on to a new “season” Eric’s brilliant question that he asks himself when he’s making a decision What does a sustainable community look like and succession planning About Mari Mari Ono is an Associate Partner at a technology consulting firm. She is an experienced consultant in digital transformation (DX) and sustainability especially in the manufacturing industry.  She has managed projects in the areas of corporate and manufacturing strategy, risk management, IT system introduction, business process reengineering (BPR), and merger and acquisitions (M&A). Her expertise ranges from the fields of corporate strategy, supply chain management, sales and corporate alliances, and post-merger integration (PMI). She graduated from the University of Tokyo and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She owns two MBAs from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Vienna, Austria) and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA). She specializes in leading global projects with diverse cultures. She has abundant experience in projects in Southeast Asia, Europe, North, and South America, including the United States and Japan, and working and leading virtual teams. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariono/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariono/) About Eric Originally from Ottawa Canada, Eric has lived in Japan for over 25 years and has extensive experience as a teacher, teacher-trainer, and human resource manager for a global leader for business communication training programs. In addition to being a key trainer and advisor for many major multinational companies, Eric also has experience with global marketing of study abroad programs, professional  development of teachers, language assessment and curriculum creation. As his job was greatly downsized due to the pandemic, Eric started his own company, Alterra Education, in April 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/altmaneric/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/altmaneric/)  https://www.alterra-edu.com/ (https://www.alterra-edu.com/) About Catherine Catherine O’Connell is Principal & Founder of her award-winning boutique law firm, Catherine O’Connell Law. She is the first foreign female to set up a law practice in Tokyo and winner of the British Chamber British Business Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2020.  Her business experience includes promoting legal services to SMEs and women entrepreneurs, legal support for launching businesses/services in Japan, legal & compliance risk-opportunity strategic consulting (pre-acquisition) post-acquisition integration of legal systems and legal literacy, bicultural and bilingual commercial transactional support, transcultural management issues, compliance policies and procedures, ethics investigations, in house legal department operations, management and procedures. Catherine has lived in Japan since 2002 and is Host of the award-winning “Lawyer on Air” Podcast sharing inspirational...
06-03-2022
1時間 11分
Ikigai and Jennifer Shinkai
For the 20th and final episode of Season One we decided to flip the script a bit. I’ve had multiple people ask me where my interview is, and when can they hear me talk about my Ikigai. Jayne, my wonderful podcast manager and host of the Transformations with Jayne podcast, was one of those people and she volunteered to interview me for the podcast today. So enjoy this final episode of Season One, where I am in the hot seat being asked the questions. Thank you so much for supporting Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai so far and stay tuned for Season Two! If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: How Jennifer came to Japan and why she decided to stay on  When the concept of Ikigai appeared on Jennifer’s radar and why her interest was piqued Jennifer’s career path in Japan from English teaching, to recruitment to running her own business Jayne and Jennifer discuss the ways we connect with our Ikigai, outside of work Jennifer’s advice for people looking to connect with their Ikigai in the new year  Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ ) Connect with Jayne Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaynenakata/ (Jayne Nakata ) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/transformationswithjayne (Transformations with Jayne Nakata | Facebook) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/transformationswithjayne/ (https://www.instagram.com/transformationswithjayne/) Website and Podcast: https://www.jaynenakata.com/ (Podcast | Japan | Transformations with Jayne Nakata)
04-01-2022
48分
Authenticity and Ikigai in the Workplace with Yuta Hasumi
On this week's episode Yuta Hasumi joins us to discuss his work in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the corporate world and his work with Ikigai Authentic Ltd as an executive coach and advisor for businesses. Yuta discusses his perspective of Ikigai as a Japanese man, and why diversity and inclusion is so important to him. He also gives us some great advice for people experiencing difficulties in the workplace getting their voice heard, especially if they are in a minority or have minority opinions. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: Why Yuta works within organisations to champion diversity and inclusion What a diverse and inclusive workplace feels like for the people in it Some of the expectations Yuta has felt as a Japanese man How to find your voice in your workplace if you are in a minority and/or feel like your voice is not usually listened to What made Yuta decide to set up his own company, Ikigai Authentic Ltd About  Yuta: Yuta Hasumi is the Managing Director of Ikigai Authentic Ltd. He has led the worldwide Diversity & Inclusion business strategy and implementation for over 12 years. Yuta advises organisations and drives leadership accountability through goals and metrics to achieve a diverse & inclusive workforce, workplace, and marketplace for business growth around the globe. Yuta obtained an MBA with honors in Human Resources Management at Waseda Business School, and holds a BA degree in International Law from Waseda University. Yuta is also: Director of GEWEL, Japan  Certified Coach, COF, Rosinski & Company Chair of D&I Advisory Board, Medito Foundation, Netherlands & UK Member of the U.S.-Japan Council, US & Japan Connect with Yuta: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuta-hasumi/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuta-hasumi/) Ikigai Authentic Ltd website: https://www.ikigaiauthentic.com/en/home (HOME — Ikigai Authentic Ltd.) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
19-12-2021
44分
Beyond the Ikigai Venn Diagram with Nick Kemp
This week we are talking to the wonderful Nick Kemp. Nick is the founder of Ikigai Tribe, a membership site and podcast that focuses on the concept of Ikigai from a Japanese perspective. Nick learnt about Ikigai whilst living in Japan and really connected with it. Later he saw Westernised frameworks based on this concept and felt there were a lot of misconceptions of what Ikigai was. He decided to work at dispelling some of these misunderstandings of Ikigai by moving beyond the famous Venn diagram and exploring what Ikigai as a concept and philosophy really means. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: How Nick discovered the concept of Ikigai Why Nick founded Ikigai Tribe, a membership site and podcast focusing on Ikigai from a Japanese perspective How hosting his own Ikigai Podcast expands his understanding of the concept of Ikigai Nick’s advice for those struggling to find a source of Ikigai Examples of the ‘dark side’ of Ikigai About  Nick: Nick is the founder of Ikigai Tribe, a membership site and podcast that focuses on the Ikigai concept from the Japanese perspective. As a Japanolgist Nick studies philosophical and physiological aspects of Japanese culture with an emphasis on Ikigai. Nick lived in Japan for over 10 years, living in various suburbs of the Big Mikan that is Tokyo and in Toki-shi a small village in Gifu prefecture where his wife is from. He currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his wife and son. He hopes to spend his life living both in Japan and Australia after the pandemic. Connect with Nick: Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasKemp (https://twitter.com/NicholasKemp) Ikigai Tribe website: https://ikigaitribe.com/ (Find Your Ikigai - Become a Certified Ikigai Tribe Coach) The Ikigai podcast: https://ikigaitribe.com/podcasts/ (The Ikigai Podcast - Exploring What Ikigai Means To Japanese (Ikigaitribe.com)) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
07-12-2021
47分
Re-release Episode 5: Dr Justin Sanders: Finding your Ikigai in Lifelong Learning
In episode 5 Dr. Justin Sanders and I talk about the connection of lifelong learning to Ikigai, the 60 year curriculum, how it helps the brain, and how to approach study when there are almost too many options available. We also touch on how credentials can be a way to increase your impact in the world - not just about the skills you learn but the different doors that will be opened for you. If you are wondering if you are too old to go back to school, be inspired by the 92 year old at TUJ! If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: Why Dr Sanders is so passionate about education How he found his way to Temple University Japan  About the benefits of lifelong learning beyond just employment advantages Criteria you can use when deciding what kind of learning to engage in About Justin: Dr. Justin Sanders is the Director of Temple University Japan's Continuing Education Program, one of the oldest and largest providers of personal and professional development to Tokyo's international community. With over 15 years in the international and higher education sectors, before coming to Japan, he served as a Research Specialist and then Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB), a leading global international education organization.  Prior, he spent several years supporting good governance in community colleges around the United States with the Association of Community College Trustees, and served a two-year tour as an education volunteer with the US Peace Corps, working in rural Azerbaijan. Justin received an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Arizona, an MA in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, and a PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University. His research focuses on international education and national development, institutional international strategy development, and adult learning. Connect with Justin: TUJ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TUJContinuingEd (https://www.facebook.com/TUJContinuingEd) TUJ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/school/35437867 (https://www.linkedin.com/school/35437867) Justin’s Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-sanders-2b386635/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-sanders-2b386635/) TUJ Website: https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/index.html (https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/index.html) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
21-11-2021
55分
Re-release Episode 2: Robin Lewis: Ikigai in Social Impact
It was a delight to talk to Robin Lewis about how he moved from inspiration to action to integrate his ikigai and purpose around sustainable living. He talks candidly about the challenges of being so engrossed in your ikigai that you fail to look after yourself, finding an ikigai partner, about being an intrapreneur or volunteering  as a way to bring even more fulfilment into your day. We also talk about home karaoke, the Princess Bride and a future career as a snowboarder. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: The experience that raised Robin’s awareness around the need for reducing plastic waste Moving to Hakuba and the perils of an all encompassing Ikigai What he learnt from the movie the Princess Bride and how Ikigai shifts What an ‘intrapreneur’ is and how it relates to Ikigai About  Robin: Robin has 10 years of experience working in the fields of social impact and sustainable development, including as a consultant at the World Bank, and has led humanitarian operations in countries including Haiti, Nepal, and Mozambique. He is the Co-founder of mymizu, an award-winning initiative to tackle plastic waste, and is the Representative Director of Social Innovation Japan, a platform for social good. In 2017, he took on a sponsored expedition, walking 600+km along Japan’s disaster-affected coastline to document the recovery from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis. Robin is a Board Member of the Shibuya QWS Innovation Council, a TEDx Speaker, and graduated with an M.A. in International Business. Connect with Robin: Websites:  http://www.mymizu.co/ (www.mymizu.co) http://www.socialinnovationjapan.com/ (www.socialinnovationjapan.com) http://www.robin-lewis.com/about (www.robin-lewis.com/about) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mymizu.co/ (@mymizu.co)  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robinlewisphotography/?hl=en (@robinlewisphotography) & https://www.instagram.com/mymizu.co/?hl=en (@mymizu.co) Twitter: https://twitter.com/robintlewis?lang=en (@robintlewis) Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinlewis88/ ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinlewis88/) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
07-11-2021
42分
Ikigai and Art with Konatsu Ishijima
Have you wanted to do more art but think of yourself as not creative? My guest is the wonderful Konatsu Ishijima, an artist, personal coach, and theatre company founder. I was very impressed with Konatsu’s courage as this is not only her first podcast in English, which is not her first language, but her first podcast ever!  Konatsu has a wonderful artistic perspective which correlates to her Ikigai. She talks about her Ikigai as a fluid experience of moving between different ideas, emotions and experiences, ‘a shaking and a changing’. This shaking and changing is also something she incorporates into her art practice.  Konatsu also believes everyone can be an artist and in the interview she talks about different ways you and I can express ourselves artistically, including dancing with our families.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: How being born in an artistic community in the Japanese countryside, with its contradictions, shaped Konatsu’s idea of Ikigai as ‘a shaking and a changing’ of seemingly disparate ideas and states of being How she incorporates this shaking and changing into her visual and performance art What led Konatsu to start her own theatre company despite having no formal experience in the theatre About Konatsu’s personal coaching and live painting sessions Why art is not limited to the formal or institutional, and why dancing at home with your family is art About  Konatsu: Born in 1984 in Mashiko, Tochigi. Konatsu Ishijima grew up with her father, a potter, and her mother, an art college graduate, in a town of art and nature. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University in 2007, she worked in the customer service industry at a venture company and Leica Camera Japan K.K., where she worked with over 2,000 customers, mainly executives and artists. In 2017, she started her own personal coaching business using a unique method called "Colourful Notebooks®", in which she uses coloured pens to draw what's on her mind on a plain white notebook. In 2018, Konatsu was teaching mutual understanding training at venture companies, listed companies and multinational corporations. She supported team building that focuses on the human side of people, not on common sense and preconceptions. In 2020, in order to start a theatre company, which Konatsu has always wanted to do, she set up a theatre company despite having no experience, and gathered 20 members in two nights through social networking sites. In 2021, she changed her coloured pens to brushes and acrylic paints, and started live painting to vividly depict people's true nature on a blank canvas. By letting go of words, her expression awakens like a fish in water. In the meantime, her own work as an artist has made her more persuasive in her personal coaching, and she offers six months of continuous coaching to help her clients who want to take care of not only their work, but also their family and all the things they love. Connect with Konatsu: Website: https://colorankoran.com/ (https://colorankoran.com/) Theatre company: https://gekidan-unlimited.studio.site (https://gekidan-unlimited.studio.site) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/konatsu.ishijima (https://www.facebook.com/konatsu.ishijima) Instagram: https://instagram.com/conatwo.i (https://instagram.com/conatwo.i) Note: https://note.com/conatwo (https://note.com/conatwo) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
24-10-2021
49分
Ikigai and Yarigai in an NPO: Supporting marginalised youth with Kozue Oka
Children living in care homes due to neglect or abuse are largely invisible to us here in Japan. Kozue Oka, the director of Mirai no Mori shares with us the reality of working in an NPO that is necessary because of a problem. Kozue’s stories of how Mirai no Mori supports these children is so inspirational, as are the plans they have to create their own dedicated campsite to become a trusted place in the world for children who are growing up in care homes.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: The difference between the well known term“Ikigai” and “Yarigai” How Kozue came to working for the NPO Mirai no Mori that supports the growth neglected and abused children through outdoor experiences The situation with children in care homes in Japan and the challenges they face when they “graduate”. Challenges of providing outdoor programs to children in care homes during the pandemic The dark side of ikigai and how Kozue keeps herself well Mirai no Mori’s plans to build their own campsite to support marginalised children even more Kozue’s advice for those thinking about joining an NPO How you can help Mirai no Mori achieve their big goal of creating a dedicated campsite  About  Kozue Kozue Oka is the Executive Director at Mirai no Mori. Born and raised in Japan, she has always believed in the power of nature. After studying Environment/Outdoor Education in Sweden for a year, she joined Mirai no Mori to share her experiences and to create an environment in which marginalized youth can be steered toward a positive cycle of self-actualization and creativity by discovering new possibilities and develop into confident individuals. Connect with Kozue Website: https://mirai-no-mori.jp/ (https://mirai-no-mori.jp/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiraiNoMori (https://www.facebook.com/MiraiNoMori) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mirainomori/ (https://www.instagram.com/mirainomori/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mirai_no_Mori (https://twitter.com/Mirai_no_Mori) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
10-10-2021
40分
Re-release Episode 3: Noemi Inoue: Ikigai in Public Service
Noemi Inoue is the first foreign-born woman to be elected as a local councillor in Japan. Originally from Bolivia, Noemi talks about how her ikigai around public service led to her starting an NPO, changing her nationality and then becoming a three-time elected politician in Sumida ward in Tokyo. We had some issues with sound quality as is the joy of online recording but I loved hearing about Noemi’s story as a proud Sumida resident who is not ready to give up my British passport. I am in awe of her! And so impressive to be interviewed in her third language too. I hope you enjoy it! 2:50 From Bolivia to Tokyo 5:30 Coming back to the workforce after 10 years 6:40 Mr Inoue suggests “why don’t you become Japanese and work for the UN?!” 7:20 And now why don’t you become a councillor?! 8:20 Changing nationality as part of a commitment to her Ikigai 11:40 Rights and Obligations 12:58 The trigger between idea and action to run for office 15:01 Seeing the challenges of foreigner living in Japan and wanting to ease that 17:00 “It’s not part of my job…” but doing it anyway from an act of service 20:50 Motivation to support those in needs in daily life 22:30 Being a voice for the disenfranchised 22:42 Talking about the Sumida Koen renewal project 25:55 Challenges as a politician - how Noemi keeps going 28:42 Her secret weapon - an approachable politician! 30:30 Being not only a councillor but a friend 31:55 Where does she get her energy from? 33:21 Advice for foreigners in Japan 35:08 Taking your first step in public service 38:30 Noemi announces the next iteration of her Ikigai! (just kidding!) Bio Noemi Inoue, Born in La Paz, Bolivia in December 5th 1961. Noemi Inoue completed her studies at the San Andres University where she majored in Economics. She started a high-powered career at the Banco Central de Bolivia which she left years later for a career at the United Nations, a move, she calls, “the turning point in my life.”  Eighteen years ago, Noemi moved from New York city to Tokyo to become the first non-Japan born woman to join local politics. Currently, she holds the official post as Councillor of Sumida ku which Noemi describes as "a busy but rewarding career." HomePage: http://inouenoemi.com/ (Noemi Inoue | 井上ノエミ墨田区議会員公式ホームページ) Blog: http://noemiblog.at.webry.info/ (http://noemiblog.at.webry.info/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noemi.inoue.7 (https://www.facebook.com/noemi.inoue.7) Twitter:      https://twitter.com/inouenoemi?lang=en (https://twitter.com/inouenoemi?lang=en)
03-10-2021
43分
Re-release Episode 6: Dr Ashley Dash: Finding your Ikigai in Positivity
I loved talking about recovering a positive mindset, practical tips around unemployment and the thrillingly disconcerting moment when everyone gets behind your idea. I just loved chatting with Dr. Ashley Dash and after we stopped recording we went on for another 30 mins! Wish I had a director's cut!  Dr. Ashley Dash inspires action through her lived experiences in person and online. She often shares her greatest life challenges, including how she went from being an unemployed college graduate to landing a $100k+ job in Human Resources with Mercedes-Benz. Or revealing how years later, she restarted her life after facing foreclosure and unemployment, shifting back to six-figures with an international move to Japan. Dr. Dash is known for her ability to help individuals identify the patterns that keep them stuck and move them into action. She is determined to create safe spaces for black business professionals in Corporate America through speaking, coaching, and courses using her high energy and direct approach. Her mission is to help people overcome personal circumstances, regain control of their lives, and find purpose through career freedom. A self-proclaimed information junkie, she believes in Faith over Facts and Facts over Feelings. Dr. Ashley Dash has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, an MBA, and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership. She is also a Certified Job and Career Development Coach and Job and Career Transition Coach. However, celebrating and loving Black men remains her best and all-time favorite superpower. Facebook: https://facebook.com/drashleydash LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleygaryroper/ Career Breakthrough Strategy Session: www.workwithdrashleydash.com National Black Man Day™ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natlblackmanday Website: www.blackmanday.com Speaker Sheet: bit.ly/drdashleyspeaks Show Notes 01:35 First culture shock - what do you mean by countryside? 02:48 Ikigai as a positive mindset Revisit your genius level as a child 03:47 Getting back to being ready to take on the day with positivity 5:11 When did the joy stop showing up? 6:58 Ashley’s journey back into positivity - talking about issues that need to be dealt with 8:35 Gratitude in a box 9:13 Music as a mood shifter and a big plug for Goal Cast! Don’t force positivity but find ways to lift yourself up 11:29 Curation of information 13:20 Innovation around Black Man Day 14:23 Who is supporting multi-layered Black men in a positive way? 16:16 Curating what a whole Black man looks like- building empowered and positive hub of resources 17:50 The power of sharing your idea - making it real 19:53 but how it can be a bit disconcerting when you are used to people pushing back! 20:48 How your ikigai can resonate with others 21:18 Magical moments - against all odds - short time, pandemic, time zones 22:43 August 8th 2021! 23:31 Don’t make finance a barrier to service 24:43 Make it Matter Book - Make your Legacy 25:31 The power of choice and intention. Integrating all the information that you have 26:55 3 pieces of practical Advice for those furloughed or laid off due to Covid 29:34 Stay in practical mode for 48 hours and then you can grieve 30:19 Why positive mindset is essential for the long term unemployed 31:01 How being open AND having clear criteria brought Ashley to Japan 31:56 Be specific and people can help you 34:55 Friday Career Affirmations - turning her homesickness into gratitude 37:50 The power of amazing bosses 39:94 Even in difficult situations you still have control 41:34 the power of the F* off Fund 42:23 Finances first 43:11 Believe you are the right candidate for the job 43:57 Interviews aren’t the time to be humble - but you don’t need to be braggadocios either! 45:30 An extra tip for when you are laid off - get your appraisals printed outa and your factual achievements on your linked in profile! 46:31 Do all Japanese people have ikigai? 47:33 Yes, but are they always connected...
26-09-2021
57分
Re-release Episode 8: Dr David Sweet - Ikigai and Arete (Pursuit of excellence)Re-release Episode 7: Ikigai as flow and identity with Jessica Gerrity
Could your hobby become your ikigai? Be inspired by Jess's Kyudo story Jess’s description of flow - being in the here and now The long journey of 11 years from the first view to being an integral part of who she is now Identity transition - from runner to archer, how different roles serve us at different times How the flow from kyudo (her ikigai) spreads into other parts of her life. In this episode you will hear: 2:17 Starting Kyudo Japanese archery in your 30s 3:03 A life of many elements including being a tourism Ambassador for Saitama prefecture, working with artisans 5:58 transforming into a fearless warrior! 7:05 Jess’s journey into kyudo began with Robin Hood! 7:46 Stumbling upon a dojo and being transfixed by the silence, calm 11 years ago 9:28 Finding a way in took a long time - 3 kids worth in fact! 11:47 How important it is to make it easy to get beginners to find the information - 13:01 from fun hobby to ikigai - The falling away. deprioritizing of other interests Kyudo filling the stress relief space of running, slowing her life down 15:40 A shifting sense of self and identity - does this one thing need to remain my ikigai? 17:37 Jess masterfully handles my question about why is Kyudo so blooming slow! focus on the self and the breath, not the target 18:29 dancing with strangers, developing synchronicity immediately building trust and togetherness 21:09 Individual performance versus the movement of the team 21:48 cycle of competence 23:06 Jess describes a recent experience of achieving flow during Kyudo 26:36 is it better not to have a record and just hold it in your mind? 27:36 Challenging sports yabusame - horse back archery 29:16 Sports Yabusame’s refreshing Approach to beginners 31:40 Finding the approach that matches your lifestyle needs - how to make it sustainable? 33:42 Dealing with the haters who question your approach - “How can you start something else when you haven’t mastered this?” 34:30 Different approached to mastery and living your life 36:38 Understanding your own motivation 39:01 Acknowledging the change in yourself when you are engaged in your ikigai and how it impacts other parts of your life 41:28 Changing relationship with children, physical and mental health 44:38 Advice on taking your first steps - test out the community and the environment 46:30 Building your ikigai into your lifestyle sustainably 47:56 Starting You, Me and Zen Kyudo Club https://www.facebook.com/youmeandzen/ https://www.instagram.com/you.me.and.zen/ 49:26 Transition into your ikigai can be life changing and bring magical moments About Jessica: Jessica Gerrity was born in Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating her Masters she came to Japan to work as an English teacher with no Japanese language ability. Jessica has worked in the Japanese media industry for over 15 years. Often appearing on television to talk about her home country. Jessica currently writes for GekkanNZ a Japanese language magazine based in New Zealand, and for Kyudo Nippon, a quarterly magazine for all things related to kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery. Jessica practices kyudo in her spare time. She started 3 years ago after watching a practice she decided that she would start too. Jessica is the Saitama Prefecture tourism and PR Ambassador: Love Saitama Ambassador. Jessica is a mother to three children, 11, 10 and 7. Her youngest child was born with microcephaly and has intellectual and physical disabilities. This month her youngest was also diagnosed with epilepsy. Social Media Links Instagram- https://instagram.com/jessintokyo (https://instagram.com/jessintokyo) Twitter- https://instagram.com/jessintokyo (https://instagram.com/jessintokyo) Youtube- https://youtube.com/c/jessintokyoblog (https://youtube.com/c/jessintokyoblog)
12-09-2021
51分
Design Thinking and Ikigai with Brittany Arthur
When Covid hit, Brittany found herself locked out of Japan, her usual country of residence, where her home and her business are located. 18 months later, she is still waiting to be allowed to enter Japan again but this has not stopped her from keeping her business moving forward even if it means waking up at 2 am to lead a workshop for clients in Japan. I hope Brittany’s story will inspire you to take another look at your own situation and use Brittany’s design thinking insights to redesign your Ikigai. In this episode you’ll hear: What happened when Japan closed its borders to foreign residents and how Brittany overcame this challenge How the pandemic has given Brittany a chance to define what it is she loves about her work Brittany’s top tips for using design thinking to help you identify your Ikigai  Why it’s important to give more time to define the problem before you look at solutions How we can make a prototype of our Ikigai and why it’s important to go through iterations that have a set time frame About Brittany Brittany is the co-founder of Design Thinking Japan and the host of the Business Karaoke Podcast and Business Karaoke MeetUp. She is passionate about curating a community of global leaders who exchange stories to modernize the dialogue around business in and with Japan. She also specializes in facilitating Human Centered Design workshops for the Japanese market. These workshops support organizations and individuals to ignite innovation and creativity to achieve business impact in our ever-changing world. Connect with Brittany Website: https://www.designthinkingjapan.com/ (https://www.designthinkingjapan.com/)  IG: https://www.instagram.com/_brittanyarthur/ (https://www.instagram.com/_brittanyarthur/)  ​​ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittanyart/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittanyart/)  Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
29-08-2021
51分
Improving lives and Ikigai with Henry Seals
We all want to instinctively move away from pain, it’s in our DNA. My guest today is Henry Seals, a man who spends his time helping people to do this and to live better lives. Henry gives us an open and honest account of how he navigated divorce in Japan to achieve the best outcome for everyone - a philosophy that can apply in all areas of life and work.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: How Henry navigated divorce in Japan and the philosophy that helped him  His mother’s sage advice that helps him to lead his life The question that helped him to decide when it was time to make a change and how letting go of someone helped them to find their own way in life How we can help people with visualisation instead of just venting Henry’s final advice for us when it comes to how we deal with our own problems About Henry The author of Making It in Japan, Henry has spent over 25 years in Japan helping companies and individuals find success, overcome obstacles, and make a difference in society.  Born in West Virginia USA, Henry attended Harvard University where he majored in East Asian Studies.  After studying at Kyoto University during this time, Henry Graduated and began his career as an IT consultant in Japan. Supporting numerous Silicon Valley companies as the IT lead and CIO for Asia, Henry also provided his services to Dale Carnegie, where he became a Trainer and Coach.   In 2009 he focused talents on helping address the impact of the financial crisis on companies and their staff by providing his insight to transform Human Resource approaches in such global companies as NN and AIG.   He has held executive positions in several cutting edge technology start-ups with a focus on infusing engagement as a tool for building high performance and dynamic work environments.   In his spare time Henry continues to provide coaching and training through his Seals Improvement Seminars, as well as volunteering to provide outreach to the disabled in Japan and together with his wife, continues to publish books and articles on how to achieve financial, spiritual, and professional success in Asia, while chairing and participating in NPO activities to raise the profile of the disabled and other minorities in Japan. A naturalized Japanese citizen, in 2020 he was appointed as the first naturalized Japan Human Rights Commissioner. A father of 5 daughters, in his free time Henry enjoys spending time with his children, gaming, investing and volunteering. Connect with Henry Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/henry.seals/ (https://www.instagram.com/henry.seals/)  YouTube (Seals Improvement Services): https://youtube.com/channel/UC5KlzKIfeHpHxih0iue5mHg (https://youtube.com/channel/UC5KlzKIfeHpHxih0iue5mHg) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sealsimprovementservices (https://www.facebook.com/sealsimprovementservices)  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-seals-b27267/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-seals-b27267/)  Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
15-08-2021
52分
Life and Ikigai when you have cancer with Matthew Dons
How would you react if the doctor told you your test results were bad, so bad that you only have months left to live. This is what happened to my guest Matthew Dons, five years ago. Since then he has been on a quest to find information and treatments that would save his life. Along the way, he has used his experiences to help others to do what he has done. Matthew has some fascinating insights on life that we can all learn about Ikigai and put into practice now.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: His early interest in computers and introduction to the “other internet” How not following the rules led him to establish a successful “unconference” that launched a tech community in Tokyo  The actions that Matthew took when he was told he had less than a year to live The importance of having things to look forward and things to reminisce from the past Why a self-confessed cynic would take up marketing  How you can support Matthew and his family through his https://www.gofundme.com/f/matthewdons (gofundme page) About Matthew Matthew Dons is a marketing consultant based in Tokyo. He specialises in Direct Response Marketing, the only form of marketing that can be measured, tested and tracked. He takes clients by referral only but can be contacted here: http://www.makemarketingpay.com/ (http://www.makemarketingpay.com/) Connect with Matthew https://www.gofundme.com/f/matthewdons (https://www.matthewdons.org ) https://www.youtube.com/c/KaraMoon/videos (https://www.youtube.com/c/KaraMoon/videos)  Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
01-08-2021
1時間
Using Ikigai for inclusivity and love with Steven Haynes
Be prepared to laugh and maybe even have a bit of a teary moment too and look out for the fabulous shoes! My guest in this episode is none other than Steven Haynes, a most beautiful soul, who is a prolific creator and bringer of joy and love to this world. I hope this episode will be a chance for you to get to know a little more about how he both deliberately and then also spontaneously weaves his ikigai into his many projects and how his biggest wish is to for us all to be happy, to be who we want to be and move forward together. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway.  In this episode you’ll hear: How Steven starts his day and how he manages it and finds inspiration The opportunity that Steven took to create a documentary that ultimately reunited a trans woman with her parents Stevens concerns about the terrible suicide rate in Japan and what he personally does to support the people around him Why Steven decided to create a beauty pageant for plus size women and how it’s going - spoiler alert- it’s going great! Why your advancing age is your permission slip to do and give more About Steven Born in San Francisco, USA, Steven Haynes has worked with Japanese and International legends like Diana Ross, Hikaru Utada, Ken Hirai, DCT Steven is a multi-talented entertainer active in TV, movies, commercials, magazines, events, etc. In August 2020, he was the Executive Producer for  “You Decide (息子のままで女の子になる” which won the Japanese film documentary award at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. As a beauty pageant producer he has supported four Japanese winners (Miss International Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Miss International Queen Ai Haruna, former Miss Universe Performing Partner)  Currently, he is the owner and national director of Miss Supra National Japan, one of the top 5 beauty pageants in Japan, and in 2021 launched “Today’s Woman” a plus sized beauty pageant encouraging body positivity in Japan. You Decide Documentary: https://www.youdecide.jp/en (https://www.youdecide.jp/en)  Today’s Woman Pageant: https://www.todayswoman.com/ (https://www.todayswoman.com/)  Connect with Steven Website: http://steven-smile.com/top.htm (http://steven-smile.com/top.htm)  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steven_a_haynes/ (https://www.instagram.com/steven_a_haynes/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steven.haynes.543 (https://www.facebook.com/steven.haynes.543)  Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/)  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach)  Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
18-07-2021
47分
Episode 11: The rest is the work - the art of “Time off” and your Ikigai with Max Frenzel
Max Frenzel makes his own sourdough. What a guy! He obviously makes time to do this. In Episode 11 of Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai, he talks about the benefits of rest and something he refers to as (Insert American accent here) “Noble leisure”. If you have ever wondered how you can improve your life through choosing your activities more carefully, then this is the episode for you. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Come and find https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (Jennifer) andhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/max-frenzel-60597361/ ( Max )here on LinkedIn. In this episode you’ll hear: The idea of work ethic vs rest ethic Why Japan is losing 3% of its GDP from overwork A western history of celebrating being busy instead of rest What is “noble leisure” and why we should do more of it Why boundaries are critical for deep rest The importance of sleep for productivity and creativity How to reframe time off to avoid guilt About Max Max Frenzel is the co-author of the international bestseller Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress. His ideas have been featured in Fast Company, Financial Times, Thrive Global, Entrepreneur Magazine, and other publications. After receiving his PhD in Quantum Information Theory from Imperial College London and working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Tokyo University, Max has been involved in several tech startups, focusing on the intersection of AI research and product design. Most recently he has been interested in the applications of AI and deep learning to creativity, design, and music. Some of the AI-art Max has been involved in was exhibited at places like the Barbican Centre in London, and he is a regular public speaker on topics such as AI and creativity. In his time off, Max enjoys good coffee, tries to perfect his bread baking skills, and produces electronic music and performs around Tokyo. Connect with Max Website: https://maxfrenzel.com/ (https://maxfrenzel.com) Time Off: https://timeoff.co/ (https://timeoff.co) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-frenzel-60597361/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-frenzel-60597361/) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mffrenzel/ (https://www.instagram.com/mffrenzel/) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach) Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
04-07-2021
58分
Episode 10: Finding your Ikigai in your community with Nina Cataldo
When Nina Cataldo moved back to Japan after finishing college she was surprised to find that even though she considered it her “motherland”, having grown up in Tokyo, she was seen as an outsider. This set her on the path to creating a community for women who identify as Hafu (mixed-race Japanese person) called “Hafu Women”. A proud Hafu herself,  Nina advocates and educates for recognition and the fair treatment of marginalized communities in Japan. Nina is someone making waves and following her passions, so I just knew I had to interview her to find out more about her ikigai. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Come and find https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (Jennifer) and Nina on LinkedIn. In this episode you’ll hear: How Nina’s experience of being shy at a young age has helped her in her life and career as an adult What Nina did when she noticed a lack of support for Hafu Women like herself Nina shares her Brave and Bold Mastermind for Asian Women and how it helps entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses The importance of Asian women being even more visible in spite of racial tension and discrimination Nina’s challenges with her own energy when her work is also her passion About Nina Nina Cataldo is a DEI Facilitator and Multicultural Communications Specialist based in Tokyo, Japan. Originally from Tokyo, Nina grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States before returning to Japan at the age of 23. She is the founder of Hafu Ladies and co-founder of the Brave & Bold Mastermind program for Asian women entrepreneurs. In 2019, Nina quit her full-time job in order to sail around the world on Peace Boat for 4 months as an English-Japanese interpreter. Upon returning to Tokyo, she began her career in the fields she’s most passionate about: communication and fostering human connections through the DEI lense.  Connect with Nina Website - http://www.ninamcataldo.com/ (www.ninamcataldo.com) Brave & Bold Mastermind - https://kristymariko.wixsite.com/bravebold2021 (https://kristymariko.wixsite.com/bravebold2021) Hafu Ladies - http://www.facebook.com/hafuladies (www.facebook.com/hafuladies) Connect with Jennifer Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach (https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach) Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ (https://jennifershinkai.com/ )
20-06-2021
46分