Kamiya Mieko

Mieko Kamiya – The Mother of Ikigai Psychology

Mieko Kamiya could be called the Mother of Ikigai Psychology. She was one of the first researchers to extensively study ikigai. Her seminal book, Ikigai-ni-Tsuite (What Makes Our Life Worth Living) is still considered standard by current-day Japanese researchers, professors, and psychologists, despite it being published in 1966. Unfortunately, her book is yet to be translated into English. Even more unfortunate is that Kamiya died at the ripe young age of 65 in 1979.

An Ikigai Example – Steve Vai on the Joy of Reaching Your Goal

Steve is an inspiring example of someone living their ikigai. In this Guitar Center masterclass guitarist, Steve Vai talks about success and how to achieve it as a musician. He touches on the importance of knowing what you want, practicing with visualization, the joy you can experience of reaching a goal and achieving a state of flow. All these elements relate to the concept of ikigai.