Happy New Year!

11 Jan

Have you had a restful holiday season? I’ve spent much of the holiday at home, following the Japanese new year tradition: cleaning, cooking, and reflection. I hope you’re staying warm.

My goal for this year is to start my podcast, Bliss. The show will be in Japanese, but I’ll write a summary of each show and share it with you. My hope is to give you an idea about what is happening in the field of healthcare and music therapy as well as social issues in Japan.

Wishing you a new year filled with peace, happiness, and health.

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BLISS: New Podcast

15 Dec

I’m starting a podcast called Bliss. On this show I’ll invite guests from healthcare and social welfare communities in Japan to discuss various topics ranging from music therapy to spirituality.

Last month I’ve started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the project. The site doesn’t have language support, but if you’re interested in supporting the project, please let me know.

▼ Learn more
https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/47413

▼ Guests

♢ Jun Chiba (Doctor)
♢ Kei Okada (chaplain)
♢ Noriko Nakamura (Music Therapist)
♢ Kana Okazaki (Music Therapist)
♢ Noriyuki Katsumata (Doctor)
♢ Tetsuya Hirasawa (speech therapist)
♢ Yuki Arai (Researcher)
♢ Kuninori Chida (Music Therapist)
♢ Kazuko Mii (Music Therapist)
♢ Junichi Koeda (doctor)
♢ Ren Ohnishi (NPO Moyai Director)
♢ Jun Kawauchi (Social Worker)
♢ Yuki Masuyama (Music Therapist)
♢ Hisako Nakayama (Music Therapist)
♢ Taketoshi Ozawa (Doctor)
♢ Shinichi Nakamura (Doctor)
♢ Kiyoe Sato (Nurse)
♢ Yuji Igari (Music Therapist)
♢ Koichiro Shougaki (Validation Teacher)
♢ Rika Ikuno (Music Therapist)
♢ Haruyuki Kasuda (Doctor)
♢ Hirotaka Isse (Dentist)
♢ Yoshimasa Takase (Doctor)
♢ Yuri Iwamoto (Nurse)
♢ Takaharu Azekawa (Doctor)
♢ Kayo Ikeda (Clinical Psychologist)
♢ Keiko Chida (Director of End of Life care Association of Japan)
♢ Seiji Kokawa (Doctor)

The name of the show comes from one of my favorite sayings:

“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”

― Joseph Campbell

【New Book】Heart of the Dying

27 Dec

Heart of the Dying”

(POPLAR Publishing Co., Ltd.)

By Yumiko Sato

1/10/2017 (Release Date)

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I’m happy to announce that my second book “Heart of the Dying (Shi ni yuku hito ha nani o omounoka)” will be published in January, 2017 (The book is in Japanese).

Since returning to Japan three years ago I’ve met many people through my work as a hospice music therapist. What I’ve learned from them is that Japan faces unique challenges on end-of-life issues, and that one way to address them is helping families whose loved ones are dying.

I don’t know what he is thinking about any more.

I’m doing the best I can, but he is always angry at me!

It’s so hard to be with her, because there is nothing I can do.”

These are the words I often hear from them. Being with the dying is difficult, and losing our loved ones is one of the biggest crises we face in life.

In this book I examine the emotional and spiritual changes of the dying and how we can help them.  Over twenty case examples included in this book are the experiences of my former patients and families- some are Americans, some Japanese. They’ve taught me that death, dying, and loss are universal experiences through which we can grow. This book is dedicated to them.

 

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