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”

Sustainable Wellness and Ikigai with Saori Okada

This week on the podcast I talk to Saori Okada, Founder of Mogami (最上), a Japanese wellness brand headquartered in London (U.K.). Saori’s work is focused on wellness that is centred around longevity and empowering people to achieve sustainable wellness. In the episode Saori will share with you about her work in this field, herContinue reading “Sustainable Wellness and Ikigai with Saori Okada”

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, innovationContinue reading “The Ikigai in Sharing Happy Moments with Tiziana Alamprese”

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 intoContinue reading “Ikigai and Community: Make March Matter”

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”

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 soContinue reading “Ikigai and Yarigai in an NPO: Supporting marginalised youth with Kozue Oka”

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”

Let’s Escape! 5th Anniversary Celebration

On July 16th, a group of intergalactic explorers joined me for a virtual escape room in space. Hosted by The Super Fantastic Company (great name!), we had an intense and fun 60 minute experience with code cracking, quizzes and laughter. “Who is the scribe?” “What is going on?!” Sometimes I felt a bit lost butContinue reading “Let’s Escape! 5th Anniversary Celebration”