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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 #7 - Sending you Aloha March 27, 2020

Aloha Friends, 

A lot has changed since the last IKIGAI update. While there has been a lot of fear circulating, I have also witnessed a lot of action coming from a place of love. I think if we remind ourselves that in the bigger scheme of things, challenging times occur for us, not to us. 

In the story of IKIGAI, our hero young Choichi is faced with challenges that help guide him and grow into his life's purpose, or IKIGAI. So if we look to the coronavirus for lessons, maybe we will start to see how people are helping one another, how Mother Earth has essentially sent us to our room to think so she can heal, how we can stay in our safe space and heal ourselves and encourage others to do the same. 

Rumi said, "The wound is where the light enters," This is true for me, it was true for young Choichi, it's true for Mother Earth and Humanity.  

And now for the IKIGAI update part:

 If you follow Flor Kaneshiro on Instagram, you will see that she has been sharing her progress on the illustrations for IKIGAI. They are absolutely timeless and beautiful. AND you can even check out online illustration classes that she is offering while we are staying at home. 

Nest steps for IKIGAI:

Complete illustrations in the next couple of weeks. Then, Publishizer will share the manuscript and illustrations to amazing publishers in April. We hope to have a contract in May. Once that happens I will let you know the publishing schedule. 

I would love to connect with any of you who are subscribing. Feel free to ask questions or just say hi!


Chiemi Souen