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The Ikigai Podcast
103 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
035 - What does it mean to be Japanese?
With the increasing attention on Japanese culture – all these Japanese psychology and concepts being applied in Western countries, what do the Japanese think about it? What does it really mean to be Japanese, despite how the West interprets their culture?In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Nick talks to Saori Okada on what it really means to be Japanese.
88 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
034 – The search for life meaning with Motoki Tonn
How can we find life meaning?There are plenty of courses and programs that offer solutions for people’s search for life meaning; there are also self-help books that act as guides for people in their pursuit of life purpose. For those who study life purpose in-depth, two significant authors can provide a deeper understanding of what it really means. Who are they, and what can we learn from them?In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Nick and Motoki Tonn discuss the search for the meaning of life through the works of Kamiya Mieko and Viktor Frankl.
64 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
033 - Transformative leisure and play: Bringing forth our reason for being
What is the importance of leisure and play? Leisure and play are something that people don’t put that much importance on; some might also think that “playing” is only for the young ones, but is it really the case?In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Nick talks with Dr. Suzy Ross about the importance of leisure and play, not only for the young but for people of all ages.
72 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
032 - Mindfulness Calligraphy With Rie Takeda
Who would have thought that mindfulness can be incorporated into art? When we hear the word ‘mindfulness’, usually the first thing that comes to mind is a form of meditation: sitting and relaxing. It turns out that we can also practice mindfulness while getting in touch with our creative side.In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, join Nick and his guest Rie Takeda as they explore the beauty of shodo (the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy).
51 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
031 - Yoko Inoue on finding happiness
Does happiness depend on the society we live in?Living in a good environment may be a factor in our happiness, but that is not enough to live a meaningful life. What are the factors that we need to consider in order to achieve life satisfaction?In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Nick speaks with Yoko Inoue as she shares her quest for happiness in the happiest country in the world.
52 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
030 - "Ikigai: Towards a Psychological Understanding of a Life Worth Living"
On this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead at the Univeristy of Derby, returns to discuss a book he co-authored and edited, "Ikigai: Towards a psychological understanding of a life worth living".Yasuhiro's teaching primarily focuses on mental health and research modules including supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests include self-compassion, intrinsic motivation, and cross-cultural psychology. He use both quantitative and qualitative to explore these interests.
69 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
029 - Ikigai in Education with Dr. Caitlin Kight
On this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, we have a guest who is a former behavioral ecologist who holds a PhD in Applied science by the name of Caitlin Kight.Dr. Caitlin Kight is currently an Education Researcher and Leader of the academic development and skills teams at the University of Exeter. In that role, she help academics and support staff reflect on their education-facing activities and improve their teaching and learning techniques.On this episode, Nick and Caitlin discusses teaching in relation to ikigai and how the Japanese concept helped Caitlin to educate others more effectively.
59 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
028 - The Health Benefits of Ikigai With Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera
On this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead at the Univeristy of Derby, delves into the ikigai concept and discusses with Nick the health benefits people can get from ikigai.Yasuhiro's teaching primarily focuses on mental health and research modules including supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests include self-compassion, intrinsic motivation, and cross-cultural psychology. He use both quantitative and qualitative to explore these interests.
60 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
027 - Morita Therapy with Dr. Holly Sugg
On this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Dr. Holly Sugg, a Lecturer in Education and Research for the Academy of Nursing at the University of Exeter Medical School, talks to Nick about Morita therapy. How it is different from the western approach and its similarities to the ikigai concept.Holly co-authored a paper titled “What is Morita Therapy? The Nature, Origins, and Cross‐Cultural Application of a Unique Japanese Psychotherapy”.
59 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
026 - The Psychology of Ikigai with Dr. Katharina Stenger
In episode 26 of the Ikigai Podcast, Nick talks with Dr. Katharina Stenger on the psychology of ikigai and how it can be used as a counselling tool. As a professional, Rina's mission is to include the art of living ikigai into her work as a mental health counsellor. Rina also has an international following on social media of 17,000 followers on Instagram, and 29,000 followers on Facebook from all over the world including; Germany, France, UK, USA and Japan as the alter ego Rina Bambina.
50 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
025 - A Japanese Perspective on Ikigai with Makoto Rexrode
In episode 25 of the Ikigai Podcast, Nick speaks to Makoto Rexrode to discuss what ikigai means from a Japanese perspective. The word Ikigai has become a viral global phenomenon. Several Ted Talks and a best selling book has perpetuated the myth that Ikigai is a word from Okinawa and the key to longevity and happiness. The word is also misunderstood and shared on social media as an entrepreneurial framework of doing something that you love, that you are good at, the word needs and that you can be paid for. But what does ikigai mean to the average Japanese?
96 minutes | May 27, 2021
024 – The Japanese Way of Acceptance with Scott Haas
On this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I interview Scott Haas, a writer and clinical psychologist and author of four books, including WHY BE HAPPY - The Japanese Way of Acceptance.The winner of a James Beard award for his on-air broadcasts on public radio, Scott holds a Ph.D. from the University of Detroit. He did his doctoral internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Scott works in Japan three to four times each year when there is no pandemic. He is currently based in Cambridge, MA.
58 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
023 - The Impact of AI and Human Enhancement on Ikigai With Dr. Soenke Ziesche
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast I speak with Dr. Soenke Ziesche on the fascinating subject of the impact of AI and human enhancement of on ikigai. Dr. Soenke holds has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg. Soenke has worked for over 20 years for the United Nations in the humanitarian and recovery sector. And, until 2019 he worked as a senior researcher on artificial intelligence at the Maldives National University. Currently, Soenke is an independent consultant, mostly for the United Nations, based in New Delhi, India.
86 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
022 - Lack of Ikigai: Loneliness and Relational Meaning
In this episode of the ikigai podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Chikako Ozawa-de Silva on the subject of A Lack of Ikigai: Loneliness and Relational Meaning.Chikako is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.Chikako’s research focuses on cross-cultural understandings of well-being, especially mental well-being, and contemplative practice. Her work brings together Western and Asian (particularly Japanese and Tibetan) perspectives on the mind-body, religion, medicine, therapy.
63 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
021 - Houkousei - Theorising the Temporal Aspect of Ikigai or Life Worth Living
In this episode, I welcome back expert in leisure behavior science, Assistant Professor of Alberta University, Shintaro Kono.This is part 3 of a 3 part podcast series. On episode 4, we discussed your research on valued experiences and how ikigai relates to leisure. On episode 17, we talked about experiencing ikigai in the context of interpersonal relationships.On this episode, episode 21, we will discuss houkousei - life directionality, where we can experience ikigai from associations with the past, present, and future
70 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
020 - Dr. Iza Kavedzija on Happiness and Ikigai - Insights From Ageing Japan
In episode 20 of the Ikgai Podcast, Dr. Iza Kavedžija shares her insights on happiness and Ikigai from the perspective of the elderly in Japan.Having spent 14 months observing and conversing with her interlocutors, a group of elderly friends who regularly spend time at a community cate Iza come to discover that "Happiness in the Japanese context can usefully be understood as deriving from a series of negotiations or “balancing acts” between contrastive values and orientations to the world." Interestingly, her interlocutors rarely spoke directly of “happiness”. In Japan, stating such things about oneself could be perceived as bragging, and it is customary in Japan to represent oneself and one’s associates in a modest, self-deprecatory manner.
43 minutes | Dec 26, 2020
019 - Kokorozashi: A Personal Mission That Benefits Society
Kokorozashi could be defined as something that not only will satisfy and fulfill a person but also as something that has a positive impact on society. Kokorozashi, a word rooted in bushido is very relevant to leadership and business in Japan. In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I speak with the Dean of the Graduate School of Management at GLOBIS University, Tomoya Nakamura. GLOBIS is the largest and fastest-growing business school in Japan and aspires to develop visionary leaders who will create and innovate societies.
38 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
18 - The Art of Namba Walking
This is episode 18 of the ikigai podcast and my guest today is someone who I like to think of as my Senpai or the Senpai I wish I had while living in Japan, William Reed. William is a Japan certified coach, a best-selling author, a long time resident of Japan, almost 50 years, and has an eighth-degree black belt in Aikido, an 8th dan in Shodo, which is brush calligraphy, and a seventh dan in small brush calligraphy. The list of Will's achievements in Japan goes on and on - too many to mention in this introduction, but I should mention that Will holds a Master Teacher rank in Namba Walking, which he defines as the art of physical finesse.
74 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
017 - How We Can Find Ikigai In Our Interpersonal Relationships
In episode 17 of the Ikigai podcast, Assistant Professor Shintaro Kono shares his research results from a qualitative study on how Japanese university students experience ikigai via interpersonal relationships. Theorizing the Interpersonal Aspect of IkigaiIkigai is strongly influenced by "ibasho"; authentic relationship. In such relationships, students felt that they could be true to who they were and that their close others genuinely cared about them. In summary, Shin's research and resulting theory suggest that having authentic relationship is characterized by two distinct types of subjective perceptions; self-authenticity and genuine care. Authentic relationship was often developed and maintained through two modes of interaction; "experiencing together", and "communicating experiences". Lastly, these interactions were conditioned by echoed values and trust.
39 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
016 - Why Ikigai Is The Most Honourable and Rewarding Thing One Can Do
In Japanese Culture, finding your Ikigai is the most honorable and rewarding thing one can do. It’s the key to a long and happy life. So what exactly is Ikigai? The literal translation is “the reason for which one lives”, which does the word justice. Your Ikigai can be your job, your lover, your family, your hobby, or anything else. It’s whatever brings you satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life. If you’ve ever woken up next to someone you truly love, you know the feeling.In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Yohei Nakajima shares with us that in order to truly understand the nuances of this word, you must know the different ways in which it’s used. Ikigai is something you can have, feel, search for, or find.
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