Utilizing Kamiya’s Contributions

Kei Tsuda is training to become an ikigai development advisor in Japan, and Kamiya's works were part of the textbook. This helped Kei understand that ikigai changes as people get older. While ikigai is a common term in Japan, its importance in a person's life can vary with age.

Practically applying Kamiya's work

Nick: I believe at the time when she published her book, it did become a best seller. I'm not sure what that really means in Japan; how many sales that equates to. But it is a bit strange that no one seems to know her.

Kei: There's one exception, I think, is among the folks called the Ikigai Development Advisor in Japan. So that's the program I'm going through myself right now, to become a certified health and ikigai development advisor, is what they're called.

Their textbook prominently features Mieko Kamiya herself her book, Ikigai-ni-tsuite. With that in mind, I think there is a little bit of thinking that ikigai is for the eldery, or for people who has aged more. That sentiment is sort of there.

And we don't necessarily hear too often about ikigai among, let's say, young Japanese—college students and others. I mean, it is a commonly used word as we've been saying all along. But how often do they use it, will probably differ by age.

Nick: Yeah, so touching on these health and ikigai development advisors in Japan. So you're currently taking the program, and you're in Japan, and you're going through it. So how was it when you discovered they featured her work? Specifically, another mentioned her ikigai needs and her definition, and also the characteristics.

So was that sort of refreshing? And I guess, something you celebrated like, ‘Oh, they're recognizing her work.’

Kei: Learning to see that her work is actually being used in something more practical or a program that designed to prompt action. Because in the western world, there’s a lot of ‘how to’ or self-care books and everything else.

Well, here it is, I think the Ikigai-ni-tsuite concept is being used and kind of integrated into some of the activities that can be planned and executed among, in this case, the retirees and elders in Japan.