Ikigai-Kan and The Return of Nicholas Kemp

This week on the podcast we have a returning guest, Nicholas Kemp, who we interviewed back in Season 1 Episode 18. Nick Kemp is a podcast host, Japanologist, Ikigai expert, solopreneur, and now author of the wonderful book on ikigai called IKIGAI-KAN: Feel a Life Worth Living. Join us as we discuss Nick’s journey ofContinue reading “Ikigai-Kan and The Return of Nicholas Kemp”

The Ikigai of Family with The Kumagai Family

On this episode of the podcast, for the first time I interview a family! The Kumagai family are an amazing and inspirational family that believes strongly in family togetherness. Through individual projects and family projects the Kumagais are bringing their philosophy of togetherness, inclusion and connection to their neighbourhood and wider community. This conversation isContinue reading “The Ikigai of Family with The Kumagai Family”

Adventure, Ikigai and Coming Home with Cory McGowan

Welcome to another episode of Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai! This week I had the pleasure of talking with Cory McGowan, half adventurer, half transformational coach, half bear dancer. Cory currently lives in scenic Minakami, and is actively involved in the rural revitalisation movement in the area. Listen to this episode to hear a fantastic conversationContinue reading “Adventure, Ikigai and Coming Home with Cory McGowan”

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 peopleContinue reading “Ikigai and Jennifer Shinkai”

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 alsoContinue reading “Authenticity and Ikigai in the Workplace with Yuta Hasumi”

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 conceptContinue reading “Beyond the Ikigai Venn Diagram with Nick Kemp”

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 firstContinue reading “Ikigai and Art with Konatsu Ishijima”

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 upContinue reading “Design Thinking and Ikigai with Brittany Arthur”

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 outcomeContinue reading “Improving lives and Ikigai with Henry Seals”

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. AlongContinue reading “Life and Ikigai when you have cancer with Matthew Dons”