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”

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”

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 episodeContinue reading “Using Ikigai for inclusivity and love with Steven Haynes”

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 throughContinue reading “The rest is the work – the art of “Time off” and your Ikigai with Max Frenzel”

Year 5 in Review – Curating the business

Today marks the start of my sixth year as an entrepreneur. With 50% of small businesses failing in the first 5 years, it is a milestone I can give myself a pat on the back for! I’ve really had a blast this year and am so grateful to my clients for trusting me and inspiringContinue reading “Year 5 in Review – Curating the business”

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 “HafuContinue reading “Finding your Ikigai in your community with Nina Cataldo”

How your Ikigai evolves from the core

Loved talking to the passionate and professional Sarah Liu of The Dream Collective about finding the core of your ikigai and evolving how it shows up in the world.  She also talks about how borderline burnout was the impetus of her side hustle becoming her priority and the importance of saying yes and experimenting. LetContinue reading “How your Ikigai evolves from the core”

Leaving glamour, gaining health through your Ikigai with Violet Pacileo

Have you been thinking about leaving Tokyo and finding your own piece of paradise in the Japanese countryside? That’s exactly what Violet Pacileo did when faced with the reality of her highflying but stressful life in Tokyo’s financial industry. However, moving her family to the slowly dying town of her ancestors in Otoyo in Kochi,Continue reading “Leaving glamour, gaining health through your Ikigai with Violet Pacileo”