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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 #5 - 660 and counting! And IKIGAI wisdom Feb. 13, 2020

Hi Friends, 

I am doing  a "happy dance" today because we are at 660! I am seeing orders coming from various places around the U.S. which makes me so excited to be reaching places beyond the shores of my island home in Hawai‘i. 

Today, I want to share some of the wisdom I learned from Grandmaster Choichi Terukina-Sensei who inspired me to write IKIGAI. Here is an excerpt from IKIGAI: Life's Purpose:

“Good job. You have practiced hard and are on a path of becoming a sanshin master. You must teach your pupils now, but most of all, you must show them their own life’s purpose. Help them find their ikigai. Plant seeds of radiant light in their hearts. Teach them to cultivate their own light by listening to their hearts. You see how the old have become young, the sick have become healthy, and the poor have found abundance? By sharing our own special gift each of us will send ripples of love, healing, and blessings to every shore.” — Miyazato Sensei to young Choichi in IKIGAI: Life's Purpose.

Mahalo for sharing IKIGAI. Flor Kaneshiro is working hard to complete the illustrations. We are focused on partnering with a publisher who believes in the value of this children's book, an inspiration to children from 8 to 100 years old. 

Help us by sharing IKIGAI on your social media.

Ippei Nifwe Debiru ("Thank you very much" in Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language),