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Author: Jayne Nakata

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The number one podcast for women living in Japan. Jayne Nakata, creator of "Jumpstart with Jayne" and the "The Women in Japan Mastermind", interviews women from all walks of life, living in Japan and making it work.
52 Episodes
 The Transformations with Jayne Podcast will be taking a break until after the summer holidays! The next new episode will be in September. This week's guest is Louise George Kittaka, from New Zealand. Louise George Kittaka is a writer, editor, university lecturer and cross-cultural training consultant. She was born in New Zealand and majored in Japanese and Economics at the University of Waikato. She also has an MA in Intercultural Studies from SUNY Buffalo.Louise is ‘mum’ to a son, two daughters and three very fat, spoiled cats. After coming to Japan on work training, she subsequently met her Japanese spouse and settled here. She was hired as the first full time non-Japanese employee for Benesse Corporation, Japan’s largest educational publisher, and later worked in the USA as a researcher at Vanderbilt University. As a freelance writer and editor for Japan’s educational publishing sector, she has contributed to numerous textbooks, study courses and national English exams. She is a regular columnist and features writer for the Japan Times newspaper and Savvy Tokyo, an online community for international women, and contributes to various other English media, including BBC Storyworks, GPlus Media, Campaign Asia and Kansai Scene. We talk about:How Louise came to be in Japan and the wonderful story about meeting her husband. Having children studying overseasUnexpected things that come up with having kids studying overseasBecoming a freelance writer in JapanLouise and Melody Cook will be releasing a book on Educational choices for international families in Japan: Summer 2019. A link will be added when available.Japan Times: Tokyo: Community(日本語)
This week is a solo episode, discussing those blue or down days we all have and some of the things I've been doing to get through them. Yes, I too have some real ripper days where I just want to throw my computer out the window and zone out with Netflix. Mentioned in this episode:Transformational Reiki Retreat with Silke Tyler: Women in Japan Mastermind opens for enrolment in September 2019.
Join the Podcast Club on Facebook here: This week I’m interviewing Helen Otori, from the UK and a resident of Japan for 30 years. She now runs her own English school: White Rose CCC in the Kishiwada area of Osaka. Helen has experienced being the “first foreigner in town” arriving in Ishikawa Prefecture as an ALT, and then finding her way to Osaka, raising a family and starting a business from home. LOADS of gold in there for anyone wondering what it might be like in the future with kids going on to study overseas after majority of schooling in Japan. We talk about:Crazy Japanese festivals, including the Kishiwada Danjiri FestivalHow Helen came to be in JapanHow she started her own English schoolSuffering from burnout and how she recovered Helen’s ideas and dreams for the future! Links of things mentioned in this episode:’s recipes: White Rose C.C.C
Join the Transformations with Jayne Podcast Club.This week I'm talking to Elizabeth Ralph about how we can improve our money mindset. Everyone can get a lot of benefit from this, even if you are not a business owner. Elizabeth comes from a corporate background in finance, but has learnt from her own experiences as an entrepreneur how hard it is to sell when you are the product. We talk about:What “Money Mindset” isThe biggest mistakes people make when making financial decisionsHow we can turn the tables on our money stories to help us see our own valueHow can we start to change our relationship with moneyOne of the biggest red flags she see with women in businessFind out more about Elizabeth:Website: www.elizabethralph.comFacebook group called Financial Story ( 
I'm talking to short term resident Kimberly today. I was touched that she reached out to me to be on the podcast and it was very interesting to hear her perspectives as someone who is still fairly new to Japan and trying to make a life here for a very short time. About Kimberly:After 17 years as a self proclaimed "Corporate Cog” in companies in California and Chicago, Kimberly Gimbel took a year off to Live in Japan with her researcher husband and their toddler.  This first time Stay at Home mom has been moving every 3 months, experiencing expatriate  life in Tokyo, Kyoto and soon Sapporo. She documents this and her interests on Instagram as @pecaninjapan   Due to unforeseen circumstances she’s going to need to go back to America early in September and is beginning the transition back to the workforce, as essentially a single mom after having a gap in employment. She also has problems with follow through and motivation.   We talk about:How Kimberly came to be in JapanWhat life is like for a short term expat in JapanWhat living in Japan taught her Returning to the workforce after being away overseasAdvice for women who are about to move to Japan for a short timeLinkedIn:
Hello! In this week's episode I'm talking about how we can "recalibrate" as we head towards the halfway point of the year. Mentioned in this episode:Jayne's Sumo wrestler snood! Victoria Close's jewelry brand: Bikudesigns Helen Iwata's style transformation Helen's style coach, Aya Jean Corin Kanazawa, stylist in TokyoDo come and join us in the Podcast Club! 
 Make sure you are a member of the Podcast Club! We talk about:How Laura came to be in Japan.Japanese school PTA insider informationWhy she decided to start a business from homeLaura’s life hacks for balancing 3 kids and a businessAbout Laura:Laura Marushima is an Australian living and raising a family in Japan, keeping on top of everything by using her organizational skills. Raising three kids in a country that is not her own means she has to have systems and help in place to make sure everything gets done. She has always been an organized person, but four years ago she turned these talents into a business, and Full Circle Consulting was born. She helps other Japan-based entrepreneurs with their businesses - some clients call her their executive assistant, others call her a VA (Virtual Assistant) and others call her their Chief of Operations. She refers to herself as an Administration Consultant but is happy to go by many names as long as they feel she is helping them and their businesses grow!Website: https://www.lauramarushima.comFacebook:
Join the Transformations with Jayne Podcast Club here!Jumpstart with Jayne is open for registration until May 16th, sign up here.Shout outs to Stacy and May on this episode! Today I'm talking about  #miniupgrades, which I learnt about from Sarah Furuya.How our brains process achievementsWhat is a "mini upgrade", why is it as good as a "big upgrade".Jayne's mini upgrade and some from listenersAs always you can find me on Instagram and Facebook.
Join the Transformations with Jayne Podcast Club here!Jumpstart with Jayne Information : We start May 20th, 2019! This week's guest is the amazing Gretchen Miura. I know I've had so many questions I've wanted to ask about her life in Akita! Gretchen is an American living on the Oga peninsula (Akita prefecture in the Tohoku region of northern Japan). She runs mindfulness weekend retreats at the Zen Temple Dairyuji with her husband Keno, who is a Zen Soto-shu priest. She also runs a handmade bento and eco friendly bags company called SORAbento.  We talk about:How Gretchen came to be in JapanHer introduction to Zen Buddhism What it’s like to be the wife of a Buddhist priestWhat mindfulness isHer upcoming Mindfulness Retreat: June 14-16, 2019. Don't forget to mention you heard about it on the Transformations with Jayne Podcast!Links of things mentioned in this episode:Mindfulness Retreats at Zen temple DairyujiWebsites - www.dairyuji-oga.cominstagram Handmade bento bag Gretchen Miura:
Join Jumpstart with Jayne starting May 20th! Hello! Today I'm talking about our journey with raising our two children to be bilingual and bi-cultural whilst living outside a major city in Japan. In this episode I talk about:How my husband and I manage two languages in our houseMaking English the number 1 priority in our family and how that affects how we liveMaximising the after school time for English Looking to other families for inspiration rather than comparison日本語のサマリーに、日本人の方はどんなことできるのかの話もあるので、是非、聞いてみてください。Make sure you are a member of the Transformations with Jayne Podcast Club! 
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