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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 (https://www.afusochoichikaiusa.com) and Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Dojo (https://senjukaihawaii.com).
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, https://florkane.wixsite.com/florkaneshiro.
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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 #16 - The Books Are Finally Here and Being Distributed Aug. 12, 2021

Aloha Friends and Family, 

I have been furiously mailing books out almost daily. I have temporarily run out of packaging so if your first name starts with Sa-W, it's coming soon. 

Also, to those who have received books and have shared with me that you or your loved ones are enjoying IKIGAI, THANK YOU because my heart is FULL with gratitude. 

One other pending matter is that the ebooks are not completed. Everyone who ordered books on Publishizer will get an ebook version. I will send these out by email as soon as they are ready.

My first virtual event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. It is called "An Afternoon With an Author" and is hosted by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui via Zoom. You can register for the FREE event here https://www.nvmc.org/event/aft... . This is more of an adult event about how and why I wrote IKIGAI. 

If you have not purchased a book and want one, or want to order more, you can order them on:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ikigai-...

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com...

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/iki...

For businesses, schools and libraries, you can find IKIGAI on Ingram or contact Brandylane Publishers by email, pr@brandylanepublishers.com .

Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement.

With gratitude, 

Chiemi