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The Untold Stories Behind the Cultural Encounters That Transform Our Lives

   The Show

Our podcast aims to demonstrate how exploring a new culture (in these stories, Japanese culture) can enrich one's life, but the same mentality of open-mindedness and adaptability can apply to just about anything. We believe a single moment of curiosity can lead to a lifelong pursuit, or simply allow us to realize the unexpected opportunities life presents and help us make more meaningful connections along the way.  We hope our listeners hear these stories and feel inspired to embrace what is unfamiliar.

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Our podcast program is made possible thanks to the support of the

Toshiba International Foundation


the japan foundation center for global partnership


For our sixth episode, we interviewed Kasia Lynch, founder of Ikigai Connections. Ikigai translates to "reason for being" and Ikigai Connections' goal is to help job seekers with a deep interest in Japan "discover their Japan-related ikigai." 

Kasia's Japan journey began as a teenager when multiple serendipitous moments led to a four-month exchange program with a high school in the middle of the Japanese countryside in Shiga Prefecture. This experience was so life changing that she knew her life and her work had to be centered around Japan. 

In our conversation, we explore how multiculturalism has been a foundation of Kasia's life since the very beginning, from her Polish parents to her undergraduate and graduate studies and culminating in careers that have spanned three continents. But even more than that, we focus on her deep love for Japan and the Japanese people. 

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