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Chiemi Souen

Chiemi Souen

Honolulu, Hawaii

Chiemi Souen is a literary and journalistic writer. By day, she is an editor for "The Hawai‘i Herald, Hawai‘i's Japanese American Journal." By night, she is a creative writer and musician.

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About the author

Chiemi writes to give a voice to Okinawan-Americans of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generation descendants of contract sugar plantation workers who immigrated from Okinawa in the early 1900s and remain faceless in literature.

The author is a member of Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai ( and Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Dojo (
She has received a scholarship sponsored by the Okinawan Prefectural Government for Okinawan descendants.

Illustrations are by Flor Kaneshiro. She is an accomplished illustrator who has experience illustrating Okinawan children's books. Her illustration style is timeless and will continue to be considered beautiful far into the future. Please see her work on her website,
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$20 Find your Purpose

109 readers

You'll get:

- 1 printed copy
- 1 free eBook

1 copy + ebook included

$5 shipping

$40 Sharing Ikigai story

66 readers

Share a copy with a friend. You'll get:

- 2 printed copies
- 2 free eBooks

2 copies + ebook included

$5 shipping

$150 Small Group

12 readers

You'll get:

- 5 printed copies (autographed)
- 5 free eBooks
- 30 min webinar with Chiemi for Q&A
- Free shipping

5 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$250 Okinawan Culture

2 readers

You'll get:

- 10 printed copies
- 10 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Free shipping

10 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$500 Okinawan History

3 readers

Perfect for schools, you'll get:

- 20 printed copies
- 20 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Invite to the book launch
- Free shipping

20 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$1000 Legacy

18 readers

This is great for non-profit organizations.
Also great for any practice or association that deals with children, motivation or life-coaching.

- 50 printed copies
- 50 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Invite to the book launch
- Your organization's name written in the book as a Sponsor in the acknowledge page
- Free shipping

50 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

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Update #13 - The First Printed Version of "IKIGAI: Life's Purpose" and FAQs April 11, 2021

Aloha Family and Friends, 

My family is jumping for joy! 

The first printed proof of "IKIGAI : Life's Purpose" has arrived from Brandylane Publishing and I have sent in my approval after checking everything very carefully for one last time. That means the preorders will soon be printed and nearly 1,300 books will be sent to my house for signing and mailing out to all of you who have preordered. 

Here are some questions that I have been asked by many of you:

Q: When will we receive our preordered books? 

A: I have just approved the last proof. The date when books will be printed should be in the next email reply I receive from Brandylane Publishing. I will send out another update as soon as I have a solid date. 

Q: Where can I buy the book?

A: The official book launch is scheduled for mid-August 2021. At that time you may purchase the book at Barnes & Noble and on amazon and other bookstores. As information on which bookstores are carrying it become available, I will send updates here through email and on social media: for IG follow @chiemi_souen and Jodie Ching on Facebook. 

Q: Can I still preorder the book?

A: Brandylane Publishing recently let me know that I can still order books before the book launch. If you don't want to wait until mid-August. Please message me on social media. 

Q: Why is your pen name "Chiemi Souen"?

A: "Chiemi" is my Japanese name given to me by my Grand Aunt Emi. "Souen" is a name that honors my Okinawan ancestral poet roots. 

Check out the unboxing of the first printed version of "IKIGAI: Life's Purpose" on my social media pages: IG (@chiemi_souen) or Facebook (Jodie Ching). 

Ippei Nifwe Deebiru, 

Chiemi Souen