Quill Podcast Awards 2022 Finalist: Best Society and Culture Podcast – Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai

Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai has been selected as a finalist in the Quill Podcast Awards 2022 in the Best Society and Culture Podcast category. A full list of the nominees across all categories can be found on Quill’s website.

The Quill Podcast Awards is a yearly digital awards event that celebrates podcasters and industry professionals for their production, innovation, and work to elevate the medium and industry. 
Through a hybrid of a public nominations and a judging period by a panel of experts, the awards are given to companies and podcasts that have built strong audiences, innovated within their category, and created outstanding content.

Fingers crossed for March 30th but having listened to some of the other nominees…it’s going to be a stretch!

And if you prefer YouTube thanks to everyone’s support we are now the proud owners of a custom url https://www.youtube.com/c/ikigaiwithjennifershinkai/

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!

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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. The 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/

www.hope.or.jp 

www.navigate22.com 

www.pacificsolo.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlY62JTMMkU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pacificsolo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lowellinjapan/

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Never-Too-Late-Change-Course/dp/0825461014

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/

Hello Points: Simple but Deep

“The process was simple but very deep. I enjoyed sharing with people and listening to their stories. The atmosphere of the workshop was very lively and comforting, thanks to the beautiful facilitation!”

L1 Hello Points Participant

In February 2022, I was delighted to co-facilitate a Hello Points Level 1 Points of You® Academy Workshop with Yumiko Fujisawa. We welcomed 5 Explorers to the Points of You® Tribe – some were using Points of You® for the very first time, some were retaking the course in English as a refresher. As always, we could feel the power of diverse perspectives with people from different backgrounds and locations sharing their thoughts.

Sharing our most insightful card and takeaway at the end of the first session

I will be more intentional to pay more attention to the present moment and to myself and not be taken away by thoughts and emotions too much. I think this will help me become more motivated and take actions without fear because I can trust myself. I will work to stay close to the people that I care and support them.

L1 Hello Points Participant
Blowing out the candle on the the final day!

Thank you for the opportunity for me to experience the world of Points of You last week. It was a very educational workshop, and I am always impressed what a great group of people turn up at your workshop, Jennifer!

I took a break (according to my 24hr action plan) and looked at the cards this morning for the first time after our session on Friday. As I said, they are quite spot-on considering my circumstances!

L1 Hello Points Participant

Upcoming Academy Programmes

Happy to announce that I will be facilitating another L1 and L2 Academy programme in Spring 2022. It is a rare chance to experience this work in English in an APAC time-zone friendly way to experience the amazing tools and their personal and professional applications. (I’m currently supporting a global programme from 9:30pm to 2am! Not the easiest way to have coaching presence!)

L1 Hello Points

Coaches, Trainers, Facilitators, Counsellors, Managers who want to help people open heart, break patterns and create a sense of belonging with an introduction to Points of You® Tools.

In this 6-hour course you will learn ways to facilitate “unexpected but precise” insights in individual, one on one, and group work using the Points of You® tools. By understanding the philosophy and background of the tools in depth, you will be able to create an unlimited number of experiences for your participants.

Tuesday March 22, 2022 13:00-15:00
Wednesday March 23, 2022 13:00-17:30

L2 Creative Practice

Already completed your L1? Are you ready to take the next step?

This rhythmic workshop, decorated with our personal touch, is packed with both experiential and practical knowledge that will be easily integrated into daily professional use.
Get ready for 4 energetic half days days of diverse techniques for different target audiences, and a creative practice of two Points of You® tools – Faces and Flow.

Schedule: You must join all 4 days to complete the course

Day 1 Monday, April 11th 14:00-18:00 JST
Day 2 Tuesday, April 12th 14:00-18:00 JST
Day 3 Wednesday, April 13th 14:00-18:00 JST
Day 4 Thursday, April 14th 14:00-18:00 JST

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

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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/

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.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 stories about business and life in the law from women working in the law in Japan. She believes that no two lawyers are the same and every lawyer has an inner lawyer extraordinaire whose story is just waiting to be unlocked. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/oconnellcatherine/

www.catherineoconnelllaw.com

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

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

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Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

Connect with Jayne

Linked In: Jayne Nakata 

Facebook: Transformations with Jayne Nakata | Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/transformationswithjayne/

Website and Podcast: Podcast | Japan | Transformations with Jayne Nakata

Authenticity and Ikigai in the Workplace with Yuta Hasumi

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

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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/

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

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

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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

Ikigai Tribe website: Find Your Ikigai – Become a Certified Ikigai Tribe Coach

The Ikigai podcast: The Ikigai Podcast – Exploring What Ikigai Means To Japanese (Ikigaitribe.com)

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/ 

BBA 2021 Nominee: Responsible Business Award

Delighted to have been nominated for the second year running for a BCCJ British Business Award in the Responsible Business Category.

“By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2021 (#BBA2021) nomination period, we had received 38 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

The following 7 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Responsible Business trophy. (AstraZeneca, Barclays, British Airways, Calon Wen, Global Perspectives, imageMILL, Jennifer Shinkai)

“Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective responsible business (social / environmental) programmes or initiatives in Japan over the past 12 months. Nominees should not be NPOs.”

(BCCJ Website)

Astounding to see Make March Matter, the free online community that I founded to support small business struggling with Covid related issues, up there with the Astrazeneca non-profit Covid vaccine!

Wish us luck on November 5th and do feel free to register online and buy some raffle tickets!


Jennifer Shinkai

Facilitator and Executive Coach, Jennifer Shinkai, created a flagship programme during Covid, Make March Matter, to support SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth”. The mental and financial strains on SMEs have been severe, but the supportive and caring nature of this free, online and sustainable community of 365 owners has led to both friendships and business opportunities over the last 20 months.

L2 Creative Practice Workshop December 2021

Jennifer Shinkai, Points of You® Master (Japan) and Topa Hashimoto, Points of You® Expert will co-facilitate L2 Academy Creative Practice Online in English from Tokyo in December 2021.

This rhythmic workshop, decorated with our personal touch, is packed with both experiential and practical knowledge that will be easily integrated into daily professional use.
Get ready for 4 energetic half days days of diverse techniques for different target audiences, and a creative practice of two Points of You® tools – Faces and Flow.

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Schedule: You must join all 4 days to complete the course

Day 1 Tuesday, December 14 14:00-18:00
Day 2 Wednesday, December 15 14:00-18:00
Day 3 Thursday, December 16 14:00-18:00
Day 4 Thursday, December 23 14:00-18:00

What will you learn?

The Power of photos
An introduction to the language of today’s world – the empowering language of Photos.

Points of You® Method
Learn the 4 simple steps of our unique method.

The Potential Me with Faces
A new version of our best selling process with the eye-opening cards of Faces. After experiencing the process we will teach you useful techniques and practice various adaptations.

A full day of Frequently Used Activities
Take part in creative ice breakers, feedback activities, an interview process and more.

Layout Charts – Create your own
Build your personal workshop based on a Points of You® secret ingredient – Our Layout Charts.


Who is it for?

Coaches, Trainers, Facilitators, Counsellors, Managers who want to help people open hearts, break patterns and create a sense of belonging with an introduction to Points of You® Tools.

In this 16-hour course you will learn ways to facilitate “unexpected but precise” insights in individual, one on one, and group work using the Points of You® tools. By understanding the philosophy and background of the tools in depth, you will be able to create an unlimited number of experiences for your participants.

Level 2 training includes:
Training: Live Workshop
Creative Practice – 4 days, 16 hours

Follow up Online Course
How to facilitate the Hello Points Workshop
2 hours + L.1 Facilitator E-booklet

Points of You Tools
Faces(¥36,300)/ Flow(¥25,200)

Creative Practice Pack
Workshop Booklet
Notebook
L.2 Exclusive set of cards
Goody Bag
Canvas bag

Certification Benefits
L.2 Certificate of Attendance
Certification of completion title: Points of You® Practitioner
Accreditation: 18 CCEUs from ICF

Turn knowledge into profit
Creative Practice is your entry ticket to our amazing facilitation team.
Points of You® Certified Practitioners, can facilitate Level 1 workshops in their countries. Take your first steps as a Points of You facilitator and pay it forward to your local tribe.
As part of our professional facilitation team, you will receive ongoing marketing and business support from your Points of You® Country Leader, including a powerful branded marketing kit.

About the Facilitators: Jennifer Shinkai and Tomohisa TOPA Hashimoto

Jennifer and TOPA are the only facilitators delivering the L2 Creative Practice Workshops in English in Tokyo.

Schedule:

You must join all 4 days to complete the course

Day 1 Tuesday, December 14 14:00-18:00

Day 2 Wednesday, December 15 14:00-18:00

Day 3 Thursday, December 16 14:00-18:00
Day 4 Thursday, December 23 14:00-18:00

◉ The minimum number of participants is 4 people, Maximum 8

◉ On the day, as a student, experience the world of Points of You® Academy in a fresh way.

◉ Please note that videos may be recorded on the day.

◉ The details of the online venue such as ZOOM will be notified directly to those registered

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

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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/

Theatre company: https://gekidan-unlimited.studio.site

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/konatsu.ishijima

Instagram: https://instagram.com/conatwo.i

Note: https://note.com/conatwo

Connect with Jennifer

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach 

Website: https://jennifershinkai.com/