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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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Success! IKIGAI has already sold 1281 pre-orders , was pitched to 106 publishers , and will be published by Brandylane Publishers, Inc. .
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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 #2 - WHOA -- ! WE'RE HALFWAY THERE! Jan. 25, 2020

Hi Friends, 

I am so grateful! It's only week one, and we are at the halfway to 500 mark. If we keep on this pace we will hit our 500 goal well before the Feb. 20 (Hawaii Time) deadline. 

Thank you to groups who have invited me to speak to their membership. Thank you to my MPI Class of 1990 for expressing your support at today's reunion organized by Lia Young Hunt. There have been orders steadily rolling in today.

If you have signed up for any of the bonuses with the presentations, let me know what you would like to learn. It will most likely be online. I am thinking of offering some options in lieu of an online presentation, for example, if you are a school and in Honolulu, I could come and do a reading for students. I have also done some guided journaling, the theme can be "IKIGAI." Let me know your thoughts so I can create a great bonus presentation. 

To help those who are not "tech savvy," I would suggest organizations buy one of the larger packages and selling them to their membership. A few organizations have already decided to do that. Also, some businesses are buying the Legacy Bonus to get a sponsor acknowledgement written into the book. 

This is great for kids of all ages, career planning for teens and young adults and for those interested in Okinawan culture. 

Ippei Nifwe Deebiru (Thank you in Okinawan),

Chiemi Souen