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生き甲斐 : Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”, “the reason to live”, your raison d’être.

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Morning mist. Mountains of Anhui, China.

In the culture of Okinawa, Ikigai is thought of as “your reason to wake up in the morning”, your reason to enjoy life.

So, have you found your Ikigai? What makes you get up in the morning?

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“I believe that art can help create a society where people are free to figure out their own dreams. I‘m challenged every day to make that happen. Beyond art’s influences on social, political and economic factors, I believe that it can help more people to pursue their vision in life.”

– Kenta Torimoto.

Kenta Torimoto is a Japanese art curator based in Shanghai. Here’s an interview by Fumio Kanda on CNN Travel:
http://travel.cnn.com/shanghai/play/kenta-torimoto-eye-chinese-art-745879

“I believe that art can help create a society where people are free to figure out their own dreams…

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A young Japanese-American girl struggles with identity, imprisonment, and the rediscovery of her ancestry as she and her family are forced into Japanese-American Internment camps during World War II.
ShortsNonStop Jury Prize Finalist. http://www.ithentic.com/

Directed and produced by: Hayley Foster