Where do you currently live?
I am living in Toyota city, in the Aichi prefecture in Japan. Aichi is not so famous as Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto. It is located near the center of Japan and is known as the manufacturing city. And yes, Toyota city is the place where the head office of Toyota motors is.
What are some ways you like to spend your time?
I really love to spend my time talking and working with the community members of NPO Seven Generations in Japan, which partners with Pachamama Alliance. Community members live in many different places throughout Japan so we usually talk and work with Zoom. We are always working on some projects like the Game Changer Intensive team or the PR team and learning from it!
I also love going to the museum, gardening, growing seasonal vegetables and fruits, walking with my dog, reading etc.
How did you first connect with Pachamama Alliance?
I was part of an English study group several years ago where the teacher gave us an assignment to write the report about the video The Story of Stuff. When I watched it, it totally changed my worldview. I was shocked, and wanted to do something about it!
I talked about these feelings with my personal coach and she introduced me to the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. (She is an Awakening the Dreamer Facilitator.) I took the Symposium in December 2015 and soon became a community member of NPO Seven Generations.
What is a memory or experience with Pachamama Alliance that stands out for you?
I participated the Pachamama Alliance Global Gathering in Northern California in 2018 with my Japanese friends and met with so many great leaders and Pachamama Alliance community members. Their being was so authentic and beautiful, and it had a big impact on me. I truly felt from the bottom of my heart that we are all connected, and that working for an “environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just world" is my mission in life. And that experience encouraged me to become the first female representative of NPO Seven Generations.
What is something you are proud to be doing in service of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet?
I was one of the start-up project members within Seven Generations members who made the Game Changer Intensive available in Japanese beginning in January 2017. It was not easy. We had many struggles, disagreements, and challenges, but we made it! The Game Changer Intensive Japanese course has continued for 3 years and keeps empowering a lot of Game Changers in Japan.
What is something that you would like to see change in the world in the next 10 years?
I would like to see the Great Transition that Joanna Macy always says will happen from humans having a destructive presence on earth to one that is sharing, sustainable, peaceful and compassionate. I hope to see every creature on Earth respected and cherished. We humans must change our own old story and start to spread and tell the new story to the world.
Is there anything else that you would like to share?
Thank you for always supporting our work in Japan!