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Transformations with Jayne

By Jayne Nakata

Jayne Nakata, resident of Japan, creator of PodLaunch with Jayne, a system for creating and maintaining the podcast you always wanted, shares her learning and interviews women from all walks of life, making it work on their terms.
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Transformations with JayneSep 13, 2020

Photography, design and adventures in nature with Janine Naoi

Photography, design and adventures in nature with Janine Naoi

Photography, jewelry design and outdoor adventures near Tokyo are just some of the topics I’m talking about today with my guest Janine Naoi from Ippei & Janine Photography.

Thank you to Sarah Nishina for encouraging me to contact Janine! If you have always wanted to spend more time in nature but don’t because you live in Tokyo or you think it’s too dangerous or scary (also me) then this is the episode for you.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Janine, @transformationswithjayne and @ippei.janine

Janine Naoi is a photographer and designer, adventurer, coffee and wine lover, wife of a Japanese man, and mummy of a dream daughter.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Covid has affected Janine’s photography business and a surprising bonus too
  • Tips for going into nature in Japan including what time of day snakes are out
  • Why having a photo shoot is empowering and some of the other surprising results too
  • A way to capture great photos of your family that doesn’t require them to smile!
  • Bonuses for listeners! Make sure you listen to the end!

Connect with Janine:

Website: Coupon Code: LoveFromGinza



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May 16, 202146:57
Using your intuition with Christine Brown

Using your intuition with Christine Brown

I had the pleasure of getting to know Christine back in January of this year and I was very curious to know about her sessions and how she uses her intuition to help others.

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Christine, @transformationswithjayne and @claritywithchristine

About Christine:

Christine Brown is an Intuitive Guide and the founder of Clarity with Christine. She has been intuitive since young childhood but didn't understand or know how to use her gifts to help others.

Seven years ago, she met her mentor and began training to strengthen her skills. After experiencing the impact that using her Intuition had on her own life, she created her business to guide others.

Her sessions are part visualization and part exploration. She helps you focus on a relationship or area of your life that is not working (or not working as well as you would like) and release stagnant energies. Shifting energy can bring clarity, confidence, and open new pathways to help you move forward.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Christine followed her intuition to New York and then Japan
  • What it’s like to be an intuitive guide and how she uses her skills to help others
  • Intuition vs Fear, which is which?
  • Christine’s intuitive message for listeners

Links of things mentioned in this episode:

Connect with Christine:

Clarity with Christine




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May 09, 202101:07:50
From In-Person to Online business with Victoria Close of Bikudesigns

From In-Person to Online business with Victoria Close of Bikudesigns

It was so nice to have my guest for this week back on the show again after exactly three years! In episode 7, Victoria Close from @bikudesigns spoke about just taking off with her accessory business and starting to ship internationally. Now she ships her creations all around the world and is trying new things, too. I loved checking in with Victoria to see how far she has come and how much bigger her dreams are moving forward! An awesome transformation!

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Victoria, @transformationswithjayne and @bikudesigns

Victoria Close is a long-term resident of Tokyo and is the founder of the vintage kimono accessories brand, Bikudesigns. She is passionate about all things handmade which led her to set up Overseas Makers Guild, a community to support expats around the world to establish and run their handmade businesses. Victoria is also the founder of Tokyo Instamingle, an IRL meet-up group for Instagrammers in Japan.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Victoria started moving from an offline business to almost completely online
  • How Victoria went from struggling to find time to be creative to working her ideal schedule
  • Some stores she would love to have her products in
  • How collaborations between businesses can create more value than the sum of the parts
  • Community building for makers around the world and how you can join
  • The importance of support and helping others to take a step in a new direction.

Links of things mentioned in this episode:

Native and Co:

Nadinoo Clothing

Shizen Natura

Erica Ward

Connect with Victoria:




Facebook VIP Club:

Overseas Makers Guild:

Tokyo Instamingle:

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Apr 25, 202153:54
It's Episode 100!

It's Episode 100!

Wow! I never imagined I would get this far when I first climbed into that small dark closet in my mother's house in NZ and sat down on a pile of cushions to record the first few episodes of this podcast on my iPhone with that microphone on the headphones! 

But here we are! 100 Episodes and 3 years. It took a while because, well, life! But I guess never completely giving up has served me well and even when I had to take a break because life was just a little too crazy or there was just no way to record because of lack of internet or quiet space, somehow we got there! Steady and sometimes painfully slow will still get you there! 

So today is a solo episode, the first I've done in a while. I didn't edit it either. Going back to my roots of #imperfectaction and just getting it done. Sometimes that is all we need. 

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me @transformationswithjayne

On this episode you will hear:

What prompted me to start the podcast in the first place and some of the things that were important three years ago

Overcoming the challenges that life brings when trying to run a podcast

The top five things I've learned since I started podcasting, and these are relevant to everyone's life, not just fellow podcasters! 

Mentioned in this episode:

Episode One: Are you living the dream 

Another favourite episode:

What beautiful things will you speak into existence:

Lawyer on Air: 

PodLaunch with Jayne:

Apr 18, 202134:26
The surprising power of podcasting with Catherine O'Connell

The surprising power of podcasting with Catherine O'Connell

I’m thrilled to have the wonderful Catherine O'Connell on the show this week for a bit of a trip down memory lane as well as a fun discussion about what she’s been up to recently the surprising things that have happened because of that. We have been working together on launching her show “Lawyer on Air”  of which I am the Producer and Show Manager as well. It is a privilege to be part of this show coming to fruition and helping more voices that we don’t usually hear from have a platform to be heard. 

If you are interested in joining the events we speak about in this episode please message either me or Catherine!

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Catherine, @transformationswithjayne and @lawyeronair

In this episode you’ll hear:

The difference two and half years makes! Hear how Catherine and Jayne have transformed their podcasting appearance game over time

How timing can be the difference between a good and a great start

Catherine talks about some of the surprising things that have happened in the short time since she launched Lawyer on Air

A beautiful quote shared with Catherine by Sarah Bull from Elaine Welteroth

What Catherine and Jayne are planning for this year and beyond

Jayne’s best advice for someone thinking about starting a podcast

About Catherine:

Catherine, a New Zealander, is an in house legal counsel-experienced lawyer operating a boutique law firm in Tokyo. As the first foreign female lawyer to launch a law firm in Tokyo, she provides flexible legal counsel solutions for big and small clients, and works as outside General Counsel in private law practice for entrepreneurs. She excels at cross-cultural business communication bridging Western and Japan mindsets. She is also the host of the “Lawyer on Air” Podcast that features women lawyers in Japan.

She has over 18 years experience of working and living in Japan and is currently the President of Women in Law Japan. She won the BCCJ British Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020. She loves rugby, New Zealand wine and being a leader in the international community in Japan.

Links of things mentioned in this episode:

Transformations with Jayne Podcast  Episode 16

More than enough by Elaine Welteroth:

Connect with Catherine

Linked In




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PodLaunch with Jayne:

Apr 11, 202101:00:01
Thriving in Japan with Katheryn Gronauer

Thriving in Japan with Katheryn Gronauer

This episode with Katheryn has been a long time coming! I thought she was too busy to come on my show! She had been wanting to come on since she first heard about it. So there you go. Don't assume! 

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Katheryn, @transformationswithjayne and @katheryngronauer

In this episode you will hear:

  • How Katheryn came to be living and working in Tokyo
  • What it was like growing up with two countries, cultures and languages
  • How she pivoted her coaching business to be the “thriving” business it is today
  • Some of the top ways that people struggle when joining an organization in Japan
  • Transferring those skills to your private life
  • New ways of thinking about "self care" during the pandemic
  • What currently constitutes “fun” and do we have enough “fun” on our schedules

About Katheryn:

Katheryn Gronauer helps onboard professionals to live and work in Japan through executive training and coaching. Her specialties include orientation programs, cross-cultural education, and wellness coaching.

She has a degree in International Business & Culture from Sophia University, a certification in training and change-management from ATD, and a coaching certification from IIN. Most importantly, she was raised between Japan and America with firsthand sensitivity to the cultural differences and challenges that new expats encounter every day.

Katheryn’s company Thrive Tokyo has been named “One of Tokyo’s hotspots to satisfy anyone” by Eurobiz Magazine. Her work and accomplishments have been featured in Women’s Health, HuffPost, Mobility Magazine, Mindbodygreen, JapanToday, Savvy Tokyo, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal, The Everygirl, Thought Catalog, and Elite Daily.

Katheryn has worked with a wide variety of clients across a range of industries from multinational corporations such as Toyota to start-up companies to spouses and more. She has been a guest public speaker on wellness and lifestyle transition at the US Embassy, Toyo University, FEW Japan, and Roppongi Cooperative.

Connect with Katheryn:

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Apr 04, 202149:56
Social Impact Architect Sarajean Rossitto helps us prepare for a natural disaster

Social Impact Architect Sarajean Rossitto helps us prepare for a natural disaster

Sarajean was in a very uncomfortable situation when the shaking started on 3-11 in Tokyo. In this episode, we talk about how she became involved in the recovery work in Tohoku and some of the things she discovered that she is now using as knowledge to help us be better prepared for future natural disasters. You should definitely listen to this episode if you are wondering if you have everything in your emergency kit! 

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Sarajean, @transformationswithjayne and @roseito

We talk about:

  • How Sarajean came to be in Japan
  • Trialing what your future life might look like
  • The tricky situation Sarajean was in when the 3-11 earthquake struck
  • How her connections and experience led her to become involved in the recovery work in Tohoku
  • Leading groups in the recovery zone, and how she overcame cross-cultural communication difficulties
  • The things you have probably forgotten from your emergency kit
  • The two most important things to know in an emergency
  • Her social impact training: Develop yourself to inspire others

Connect with Sarajean:




Linked in

About Sarajean:

Sarajean works with people wanting to have/make a positive social impact, for example, people from the private and public sectors as well as key players in the nonprofit space.
By linking actors and providing project coordination and advisory services she helps nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, international organizations and corporations better tackle social needs.

Sarajean has been working with nonprofits in Japan for more than 20 years. Since March 2020, she has coordinated and initiated a number of online training and organization development programs including expanding the Develop Yourself to Inspire Others (DYIO) capacity development training to a wide variety of organizations. In 2021, she continues her research on how the pandemic is impacting children not living with their families and how crisis affects nonprofits in Japan. She is also teaching about such themes at Temple University, Japan Campus and Sophia University.

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Mar 28, 202144:12
Helping Tohoku and the Sharks with Dr Mareike Dornhege

Helping Tohoku and the Sharks with Dr Mareike Dornhege

Dr. Mareike Dornhege is such a cool and powerful woman! I hope you will enjoy our episode this week as we continue the remembering 3-11 theme. 

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Mareike, @transforamtionswithjayne and @mareike_and_the_sharks.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Mareike became a shark researcher and marine ecologist
  • What brought her to Japan 10 years ago
  • Her experience in Tokyo on 3-11 and trying to get home again after the earthquake
  • How her research helped the port of Kesenuma to rebuild as a sustainable fishing port
  • Her advice for sustainable seafood consumption and why we should all be doing this

About Mareike

Half Dutch, half German, Mareike (pronounce: Ma-rye-ka) hails from the sea and grew up in a family of avid sailors. She has always loved the ocean and turned it into her passion and career. As an 8-year old she left her mum puzzled over scientifically accurate drawings of blue sharks. But her family supported her passion and at 14, her father signed off on her first scuba diving license. Two decades later, she is a doctor of marine ecology and a divemaster, teaching others how to dive and showing them a whole new world underwater.

Mareike is the chief science officer of a marine conservation startup in Asia, Ocean Eye, and a shark researcher. She has published her research in Nature, the world’s most acclaimed science journal, and appeared on Shark Week. She completed her Ph.D. research in northern Japan and she was faced with a unique problem: while the world’s fisheries were in crisis with rapidly dwindling fish stocks, so were the fishermen of northern Japan.

They had lost everything in the severe tsunami of 3/11 that devastated whole swats of coastal towns. While originally an animal lover, her work in Kesennuma forced her to see the duality of people/environment of the problem. The oceans were suffering, but so were the people now after their town and once highly productive port were destroyed. And with Japan’s highly resilient attitude of persistence, here lay a huge opportunity: that for rebuilding sustainably to serve both nature and people better.

Connect with Mareike

Instagram: @mareike_and_the_sharks 


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Mar 21, 202153:30
Remembering March 11, 2011 and how failing forward helped Angela Ortiz help others

Remembering March 11, 2011 and how failing forward helped Angela Ortiz help others

Do I have a great episode for you this week or what! I have to say, this is one of the most moving and fascinating interviews I've done on the TWJ podcast.

On March 11, 2011, Angela Ortiz experienced an earthquake in Tokyo that would become known as the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. What she did next is a story of guts, determination, a coming together of people with the right skills at the right time.

I hope you will listen to this episode and hear what Angela and her team achieved during those difficult times and how they have relentlessly supported Tohoku during the 10 years since.

We talk about:

Angela’s experience on the day of March 11, 2011

How she and her family helped bring supplies to the disaster zone

Starting an NGO and growing with it

What is needed long term to support the disaster zone

Angela’s Book: 8 Principles that will make you an effective leader in social impact

How we help others effectively when disaster strikes

Angela Marie Ortiz is a Colombian American multinational,  long-term resident of Japan, with over 30+ years living in rural Japan and Tokyo.

She is a social impact entrepreneur, CSR professional, author and fitness enthusiast.

Her career began as an early childhood educator in Tokyo in 2005. She transitioned into social impact after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters of northeast Japan where

she established her own company, Place To Grow - a community building nonprofit using fitness and language exchange to Inspire and connect children in the rural province of Tohoku.

In 2016 she moved into the corporate sector, supporting companies like H&M and Adidas Japan to launch and grow social and environmental sustainability programs. She supports with project management, impact marketing, cross sector stakeholder engagement and partnership development. She also has a wealth of experience in public speaking.




Mar 14, 202101:08:23
Dr Jackie Steele: Lessons from 3-11

Dr Jackie Steele: Lessons from 3-11

Today I'm talking to Dr. Jackie Steele. Jackie, a Canadian, Founder & CEO, enjoi Diversity & Innovation, was in Sendai on March 11, 2011, and this experience influenced the course of her life. 

We talk about:

How Jackie came to be in Japan, after years of Japanese study

Why Jackie was in Sendai on March 11th, 2011 when the earthquake and tsunami struck

Her experience on that day and how they escaped the disaster zone

How she found a way to contribute using her unique skills and knowledge

The challenge with the Japanese legal family definition and system

Disaster risk as a diversity issue

How the disaster has encouraged women to take on grassroots leadership roles

Dr. Jackie F. Steele is a trilingual political science professor, published author, and longtime Japan resident. An expert in diversity, women's empowerment, diverse talent mobilization and inclusive decision-making, Jackie is experienced in guiding leaders in the co-creation of organizational mission, policies and practices that place diversity and innovation at the heart of high performing, inclusive culture. Dr. Steele’s approach to D&I is evidence-based, and uses scientifically credible metrics in support of holistic systems design and mindset change via education. Jackie has taught at leading universities in Canada (UOttawa) and Japan (UTokyo). She teaches in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University. In her volunteer life, Jackie leads the Global Diversity Management Committee as a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, serves as Vice President of FEW Japan, and is the Strategic Advisor of WomEnpowered International (UTokyo).





Mentioned in this episode:

Link for the Facebook lives available on Youtube:

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Mar 07, 202101:04:47
Taking action no matter what, with Tracey Northcott

Taking action no matter what, with Tracey Northcott

In this episode, I'm talking to Tracey Northcott. She is an inspiration, with how she has created so many businesses across different markets. Her business Tokyo Family Stays has been an amazing success, until Covid closed the borders and her main market could no longer travel to Japan. 

In this episode we talk about:

How Tracey and others were affected by the Covid Pandemic

A great online group for entrepreneurs in Japan we have found a lot of support from

How Tracey started what became a 7 figure “Minpaku” business

Being a bridge between newcomers and locals

The importance of niching down

Some cool ideas for places to spend this summer in Japan

Australian Tracey Northcott of Enfour, Tokyo Family Stays and Tracey Northcott Consulting is a serial entrepreneur and multi-preneur based in Tokyo, Japan. She is one of the most successful Airbnb hosts in Tokyo, at one point having 23 properties for rent in the Tokyo 23 Wards. She also runs Software development company Enfour with her family as well as Tracey Northcott Consulting where she helps other hosts discover the true potential of their STR or Airbnb business maximizing their investment, enjoyment and hospitality standards.

Make March Matter:


Feb 28, 202101:08:37
Persistence and Creativity with Kristen McQuillin

Persistence and Creativity with Kristen McQuillin

I first met Kristen in person a couple of years ago and was pleased to become reacquainted with her again at the end of 2020. On the show we talk about:

How Kristen came to be in Japan and living in the countryside end of Chiba

Fun things about living in the Japanese countryside

The reward for being persistent with yoga practice

Jayne announces her “Theme Word of the Year”

Kristen also announces hers!

Advice for getting started with painting

Kristen says:

“The worst question ever is “What do you do?” because it's hard to pin me down to doing just one thing. I have reinvented myself so many times that I can list 64 different jobs I have been paid for - some in the arts, in technology, in education, and in business management. I'm currently focused on art, yoga, and making sense from chaos. I’ve been on the Internet since 1991 and was for many years the first search result for “Kristen” but was later eclipsed by actress Kristen Stewart”.

MEDIATINKER (personal)

Instagram  @mediatinker




Instagram @drawing_meditations_workshops


Also mentioned in the show:

Katheryn Gronauer:

Daily yoga class:

Next Class with Kristen:

Feb 21, 202153:28
Surviving and Thriving with Harumi Suzuki
Feb 14, 202152:22
Talking Tea and Resilience with Xenia Blanco
Jan 31, 202154:49
How NOT to move countries in a pandemic

How NOT to move countries in a pandemic


Not since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in my back yard have I had such a challenging week as just before Christmas when we tried to move back to Japan during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This week is the first episode I have recorded for the year and from my very own recording studio/walk-in closet back in Iwaki, Fukushima. 

and I am talking about: How NOT to move countries in a pandemic.

1) Don't get taken to hospital by ambulance on the day you are moving

2) Don't miss your PCR test that is key to the whole family being able to return to Japan

3) Don't nearly give yourself a heart attack waiting for your test results...and more!

Even when it feels horrible and you wonder how you can get to point B, eventually, you will get there and realise you are where you so badly wanted to be before. Touching down in Japan and passing through immigration was a huge relief, right up there with escaping from Fukushima during the nuclear meltdown.  I know. Talk about dramatic. Jeez, can't you just move countries like a normal person?!?! Apparently not. 

I'm also talking about what 2021 might hold for us now that we are in Japan, how I'd like to contribute to our community as we come to the 10th anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. 

I'll be bringing you more voices this year in the form of new shows and I'll even be managing some of them too! 

To find out more about my podcasting services you can find that information here:

Jan 24, 202125:56
Encore Episode with Mr Nakata
Jan 17, 202148:28
Encore episode with Minori Hanashima
Jan 10, 202156:02
Encore episode with Jacqui Miyabayashi
Jan 03, 202101:04:30
Encore episode with Jennifer Shinkai
Dec 27, 202048:28
Encore Episode with Sarah Furuya

Encore Episode with Sarah Furuya

In 2018 I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Furuya for my podcast.  Sarah is a life coach, executive coach and facilitator who works with entrepreneurs, educators, executives and more. Sarah has a BSc Hons in Human Psychology and Human Biology, is a certified practitioner of Lumina Spark and Saville Wave psychometrics and a graduate as a trained Systems Coach (ORSC) and in 2019, not long after we recorded this she started her own interview series which is now also a podcast. In this episode we talk about: How Sarah came to be where she is today How Sarah uses a word of the year CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility and what that looks likes for Sarah About being bold and the importance of visibility The three similarities Sarah sees across her coaching clients And so much more! If you missed it the first time, definitely listen in- or perhaps it is time for a re-listen. At the time, her legends interview series was still a thought in the back of her mind- we had no idea at the time that I would then consult with her to get her own series online in podcast form! 

Earlier in 2020 I consulted with her to make it happen- you can check it out here- 

Sarah’s one year coaching programme starts in February 2021: 


PodLaunch with Jayne Nakata: #transformationswithjayne #podcast #podlaunch #podlaunchwithjayne #rereleasedgems #sarahfuruya #legendsinterviewseries

Dec 20, 202001:36:32
Let's review 2020 together
Dec 13, 202030:01
How are we doing Christmas this year?
Nov 29, 202027:11
Sayonara Sweden
Nov 15, 202030:03
What do you know to be true now that you didn't know a year ago?
Nov 01, 202026:36
Success at (insert your age here)
Oct 18, 202026:56
Check your Connection
Oct 04, 202029:29
How's that uncertainty working out for you?
Sep 13, 202034:29
One small step back onto the path
Sep 06, 202023:52
Aand we are back!!

Aand we are back!!

Click here to watch on YouTube
Wow. That was some five months of craziness! If you have been wondering where the "Transformations with Jayne Podcast" has gotten to, I'm back to tell you all about it!
In this episode, I'm talking about :
- Our sudden covid repatriation to Japan
- Our "Back to the Future" lifestyle in Japan
- Four things that helped us to get through our time Covid exile
You can check out the blog post that goes with this episode HERE, with some bonus photos of our "Show Era" living quarters.
If you think you'd be a good fit for the podcast, please get in touch with me, through this blog, or on instagram @transformationswithjayne I love to profile and talk to women like you, living your life your way, wherever you may be.
Aug 23, 202034:36
Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

What can we do with this thing that is called "The Past". Should we forget it? Move on and don't look back?
Sometimes I think so, other times I don't.
In this episode I cover:
- Some of the things that are useful to take with you from the past
- A short exercise for finding the positive themes of your life
- How "should" interfere with our real purpose
By connecting the dots, we can see where we might go if we give up on those "should" things.
I'd love to hear from you if you've found a new "connect the dots" that helps you with your future direction!
Mar 08, 202025:30
Magic can happen when we take responsibility in our lives

Magic can happen when we take responsibility in our lives

It's been nearly 9 years exactly since my world was turned completely upside down. One minute I was a first time mother expecting a baby and living a very usual life in a small town in Japan (just your average kind of life! ha ha!). The next minute a massive earthquake and tsunami has set off the worst natural and man made disaster in the history of the world. My house became uninhabitable for a 7 months pregnant woman, I thought we'd lost everything. I had one small bag of clothes and the car we drove away from Fukushima in. We thought we might never see our old life again.
Fast forward 9 years and here I am living a most unexpected life in Sweden. Not Japan at all.
This week I'm discussing how we can change the course of our lives with tiny seemingly insignificant steps forwards.
I also talk about a workshop I held for parents here in Sweden, despite the fact that I am "new" and despite that "I don't know much about Gothenburg yet"...
I'd love to hear how you are not letting things keep you from trying. From taking a tiny step. They can set off a chain of events that will take you in a direction you never dreamed of! Woo hoo!
Mar 01, 202029:25
What's one thing that would improve your life?

What's one thing that would improve your life?

This week's episode title speaks for itself: What's one thing that would improve your life?
It might be an easy to answer question or not!
I talk about:
- how we often don't notice areas for improvement
- how we create barriers to keep doing what we've always done
- ideas on ways you could improve your life by not doing something
- how I've overcome my self inflicted barriers around grocery shopping!

Small incremental changes add up to lots! I can't wait to see what I can achieve with the extra 2-3 hours of time I'm not wasting at the grocery store!!
Feb 23, 202021:56
Interview with Minori Hanashima
Feb 10, 202058:59
What beautiful things are you going to speak into existence?
Feb 02, 202020:00
Interview with Jacqui Miyabayashi
Jan 28, 202001:03:48
Interview with Jodi Harris

Interview with Jodi Harris

This week I'm interviewing Jodi Harris from World Tree Coaching!
Jodi Harris was born in the United States, but from a very early age was fascinated by the idea of living in other countries. Since her first study abroad experience in 1997, she has lived in Spain, Japan (twice), Northern Ireland, the Dominican Republic, Madagascar and now Belgium.
We talk about:
What it's like to live in Madagascar
How long it generally takes her to settle into a new country
How mindfulness can help us in times of transition
The 3 Rs of mindfulness
Thriving vs surviving overseas

A little more about Jodi:
She is an ICF accredited coach, trained clinical social worker, Personal Leadership Senior Facilitator (a mindfulness-based cross-cultural communication framework) and writer. She has a BA in Spanish and a BA in English both with a focus on secondary education. In 2003, she shifted her career from education to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on Clinical Social Work and Peace and Conflict Studies.
With over 15 years' experiencing working with globally mobile communities, she's supported immigrants to the United States, trauma survivors, serial expats, diplomats and members of the military and their families, and Peace Corps volunteers.
Jodi has a deeply rooted belief in each individual’s inherent ability to thrive and overcome challenge. Through her company World Tree Coaching, LLC, Jodi offers coaching, training and facilitation, and online courses which support expats and other globally mobile individuals in fostering resilience, cultivating everyday mindfulness practices and finding a safe place to grow no matter where their feet are planted

Facebook page:
Facebook group - Globally Mindful:
Jan 26, 202055:43
Word of the Year 2020

Word of the Year 2020

This week I'm announcing my Word of the year for 2020 and how I came to choose it this time round.
If you struggle with goal setting or find goals to be heavy and arbitrary, then perhaps a word or theme to guide how you want to act and feel could really help!
Also, the Women in Japan (and the World) Mastermind opens its doors again for round 3 (wow! Round 3 I can't believe it!) starting March 1st, 2020 and running until September 30th, 2020. We'll take a break for some of July and August so you can enjoy your summer so don't worry about that!
Sign ups close on February 23rd, 2020.
If you'd like to find out more or be considered for the Mastermind, make sure you listen to this episode and then message me.

Jan 19, 202019:29
Interview with Jo Ebisujima
Jan 12, 202001:05:14
Welcome to 2020!

Welcome to 2020!

Hello!! First episode of the new year today!
Today I'm talking about some of the things that have helped me decide what I'm going to focus my energy on in 2020.
Grab a piece of paper and as you listen jot down the things that pop into your head:
What did you love about 2019
What are you going to do more of in 2020
I've been experimenting with how things will go now that I'm in Sweden. I've decided that I will definitely be continuing with the things that have brought me so much joy.
1) My Women in Japan Mastermind (we might need a new name...ha ha!)
2) Live events
3) Podcasting!
Things I'm going to work on more this year.
Just the one thing.
Fitness and health. Listen to the episode to hear more about the #sasukeonnachallenge !
What did you love in 2019 that you are going to do more of in 2020?
Jan 05, 202020:18
Are you looking forward to or dreading the end of the year?

Are you looking forward to or dreading the end of the year?

Hello again from Sweden!
We've heading into our third week in Sweden and starting to hit our stride a bit with things! This is the last episode for 2019! I'll be back after the winter holidays with more interviews for you!
In this episode I talk about:
- Rookie mistakes of living in a Nordic country
- Dreading or looking forward to Christmas and New Year?
- Creating new traditions and giving up outdated ones
I'd love to hear what you are giving up doing at this time of year! It's easy to add something new but harder to give up what no longer works for us.
Have a wonderful winter holiday and look out for the first episode in January!
Dec 02, 201917:33
We're in Sweden!

We're in Sweden!

Well, we are finally here!! After a sudden change to our moving schedule and three weeks to move, we made it here surprisingly stylishly!
In today's episode I'm talking about:
Our move to Sweden
How trusting helped us get through a usually extremely stressful time
What's happening next for the Transformations with Jayne Podcast
I'd love to hear from you all about what you'd like to hear more of in the future. Please drop me a message on instagram or on FB!
Nov 24, 201928:40
5 things I've learned hosting live events

5 things I've learned hosting live events

This week I'm taking some time to discuss the learning I've had from creating live events for women here in Fukushima Prefecture.
I talk about
The dissonance between what you think you want and what you and the world actually needs
My top five tips for creating and leading live events
Feedback from my most recent event
I hope that this episode will inspire you to go out and create something, no matter the size because it's so needed.
Start somewhere, anywhere is fine! It doesn't have to be and it won't be perfect the first time around. That's ok because you are already ahead of 90% of the other events that are still just ideas in someone's head.
Stay tuned for more updates as we hit the move to Sweden!
Nov 17, 201938:36
Interview with Amanda O'Brien of Jima Designs

Interview with Amanda O'Brien of Jima Designs

This week I'm talking to Amanda O'Brien, Designer at Jima Designs and 24 year resident of Osaka.
Amanda believes that there are no coincidences in life and that everything will turn out OK in the end. Mostly, her story is a result of living this philosophy wholeheartedly. She studied Industrial Design in Australia and on a whim in her final weeks of study she jumped on a plane and arrived in Tokyo. It was the waning years of the bubble era. She looks back now and wonders how in hell she found an apartment and a job the very next day, even though the only Japanese she knew was “konnichiwa” and “arigatou”. It was tough living in Tokyo though, and she left within two years vowing to not return. After leaving Japan, she returned again to Australia and worked as a kitchen designer. It wasn’t too long however, before she packed up and headed to live in London. It was on her first day here, passing through the train station, that she met Yoshiko the woman who introduced her to her husband. After two years together in London they travelled extensively and then finally returned to Osaka. They have three teenagers. This is her 24th year here. The longest place she has ever lived.
We talk about:
How Amanda came to be in Japan - it's a doozie!
How she started an architectural firm in Japan with her husband
Funny stories about name mix ups
Using an architect vs a house building company
A transformation that Amanda had gone through
Being introverted and playing the extrovert
Come and join us in the podcast club:
Links of things mentioned in this episode:
Nov 10, 201951:43
Moving to Sweden, more lessons in trust

Moving to Sweden, more lessons in trust

A solo episode for you this week!
I'm talking about a shock we had recently that means we need to move to Sweden one month earlier than planned!
So today I'm talking about some of the lessons I learnt about
"Letting others down" and trusting the process.

Nov 03, 201923:42
Interview with Melissa Uchiyama

Interview with Melissa Uchiyama

One thing I love about podcasting is getting to know all the wonderful women who are out there doing things in their own corner of Japan. Without this podcast I wouldn't get that chance!
Melissa Uchiyama is a writer, a US National Board Certified educator, and mom who has made Japan her home for eleven years after growing up, getting her education, and marrying near the beaches of South Florida.
In the episode today Melissa and I talk about:
Her road to finding her feet in Japan
How she created a writing camp in Tokyo
How we deal with "Bad Japan days"
Creating a community around baking
Her new project “Eat en”:
Mentioned in this podcast:
Best Living Japan:
Tokyo Writers Camp:
Bilingual Baking Classes:
Other Links:
More info about Melissa:
Melissa is on a mission to document and showcase the beauty found in kitchens throughout Tokyo with her big Eat•en project! She believes that value is found in the process of creating, making, and procuring that which feeds us, while also believing that our food provides a window into culture, heritage, and the soul of a person, people, or a family, she has begun a project that brings her into the real cooking and dining spaces throughout Tokyo, where she documents the people, stories, and craft behind each meal, drink, or snack.
More to come soon!
*If you have special food that reflects your immigration story or family heritage in Japan or anywhere in the world, and you are based in or near Tokyo, wanting to welcome Melissa into your home kitchen, she would love to hear from you!
Oct 27, 201901:03:37
Interview with Jennifer Shinkai
Oct 20, 201948:60
Fresh starts and crossing the finish line in style
Oct 13, 201921:02
Interview with Alice Holmes from Look no Pura

Interview with Alice Holmes from Look no Pura

This week I'm talking to Alice Homes,
I really enjoyed her take on how we can start to reduce our plastic consumption by focusing on one thing at a time! Now that sounds doable!
We talk about:
How Alice came to be in Japan
How she became involved in her current project with looknopura
Overcoming helpless feelings and taking action
Her tips for starting to live a less wasteful life
A special offer for listeners
Online Blog:
Links of things mentioned in this episode:
Anita Moorjani books:
Dying to be me
What if this is heaven
Alice Holmes. Educator, bilingual public speaker, general busy body, currently living in Miyazaki City, Kyushu, Japan. Alice, a New Zealander, has spent most of her life in Christchurch, New Zealand. She currently works part-time teaching English at the University of Miyazaki, volunteering with the Miyazaki Eco no Kai, and does freelance speaking engagements. Her hobbies include sewing, crafts, reading (nonfiction) and gardening.

Oct 06, 201901:14:27
Live recording and a spooky story about vision boards

Live recording and a spooky story about vision boards

This week things have been wildly busy and I decided to put the episode out live on my Facebook Page and record for the podcast at the same time!
This week I'm talking about
Different kinds of vision boards that you can make
A cool story about manifestation and my vision board
The details of the Reiki retreat on 14-17th of November, 2019
Look out for interviews with more fabulous women from our community coming soon, including:
Alice Holmes
Melissa Uchiyama
Amanda O'Brien and
Jennifer Shinkai!
Sep 29, 201918:02
Interview with Joelle Kuiper (日本語のサマリー)

Interview with Joelle Kuiper (日本語のサマリー)

This week I'm talking to Joelle Kuiper, a New Zealander living in Saitama and now also an avid hiker.
We talk about:

How she came to be in Japan
How she took her first steps to join a new community
How Joelle started writing articles for a publication
Taking the focus away from yourself, and focus on who your helping

Mentioned in this episode:
Mud Parks in Tokyo:
Hike it baby Website:
IG: @shehikesjapan
Twitter: shehikesjapan

Born and raised in New Zealand, Joelle moved to Japan looking for adventure and never looked back.
After her son was born, a friend invited her to join Hike it Baby where she found a supportive community to raise her son in.
Joelle is now a volunteer Hike it Baby ambassador. She also writes for Savvy Tokyo magazine and teaches part-time.
Joelle is always looking for trails to head out on with her young son and her camera, many of which turn into Hike it Baby hikes!
Sep 22, 201901:01:54