Inbound Ambassador

SSL Livestreams 2021

Every weekday at 9am or 5pm- 60 min talks with entrepreneurs, activists, innovators, writers, artisans, filmmakers and people across the world making a living helping Japan’s people + planet.

Coming Up

  • 9am 5/7 Friday | Join us this week Friday as I have the chance to catch up with Refugees Empowerment International director Jane Best and Tove Kinooka to talk fundraising events and how the organization has survived during the COVID19 crisis, and the latest most pressing issues in Refugees International.
  • 9am 5/8 Saturday | Author – Translator Nadine Willems talks about her book Kotan Chronicles which shares Ainu poetry and discuss some of the heritage and historical backstory.
  • 5pm 5/10 Monday | Rill in Japan – Attractive Japan Travel Content Creator has great off-the-beaten-track travel insights for future travel success
  • 6pm 5/11 Tuesday | Writer Baye McNeil – Update on his latest articles, diversity in Japan issues and the effect of BLM and US politics on Japan inclusion
  • 9am 5/12 Wednesday | Jake Jung – JP to EN Manga and Anime Translator and Kagawa based photographer shares his insights on rural living and Japanese pop-culture exports
  • 9am 5/14 Thursday | Chris Weiners – Okayama Exports + Rural Insights as well as sustainable tourism hurdles in promoting mass tourism for gaming (casino) attractions in Japan and Asia

Past Livestreams

Seeking-Sustainability-LIVE Playlist

Listen to the SSL Talks in Audio Podcast Format

January 2021

  • 1/6 – Justin Potts talks collaborative projects, fermentation and rural development – in Chiba
  • 1/7 – Todd Van Horne talks the ups and downs of the Umeshu + Umeboshi Industry – in Wakayama
  • 1/8 – Yan Fan talks Coding and the future of Japan’s Tech IT industry – in Tokyo
  • 1/11 (mon) 10-12 SSL Workshop – Making farm-to-table, vegan Mexican Food in Japan
  • 1/12 (tue) 9am – Tyler Lynch – Kameisei Ryokan Japanese Inn Co-owner talks Sustainable Hospitality + Future of Tourism
  • 1/13 (wed) 9am – Thomas Kloepfer – Pitchfork Farms– Organic farming through winter – what you can grow indoors
  • 1/14 (thurs) 9am – Azby Brown – SAFECAST – Environmental open-source data research and information service
  • 1/18 (mon) 5pm Hikosaemon + I talk about Japan’s latest News + connections to Sustainability in #WhatTheSustainableNewsJapan sub-series
  • 1/19 (tue) 9am – Photographer Alfie Goodrich talks about his stunning visual-media projects
  • 1/20 (wed) 1pm – Byron Nagy + Jacob Reiner talk Rural Real Estate, Akiya Remodel and Rural Community Appeal – EarthEmbassy Collaboration
  • 1/21 Azby Brown – Sustainable Innovation from the Edo Period Japan
  • 1/22 (fri) 1pm – Helen Iwata – Speaker, Podcaster, Consultant and Coaching – founder of Sasuga Communications
  • 1/25 (mon) 5pm – Ann Kilzer – Coding Engineer and Co-Founder of SpeakHer
  • 1/26 (tue) 9am – Chef Sage – Vegan Cooking and LGBTQ + Inclusive Spaces
  • 1/27 (wed) 9am – Ayana Wyse – Community-building through BLM Activism / Diversity + Inclusion
  • 1/28 (thur) 9am – Azby Brown – Traditional Japanese Carpentry + Building Methods
  • 1/29 (Fri) 5pm – Carolin + Werner – Aikido in Japan + Germany
  • 1/31 Sunday 10-12 (SSL Workshop #2) Noriko Shindo teaches how to make delicious plant-based vegan Middle Eastern foods with Japanese Ingredients
  • FEB 2021

  • Feb 1 – Talk with James Clark, a travel writer based in the UK about his plans for a trek along Tohoku’s MCT (Michinoku Coastal Trail) to document the stories of locals and capture the beautiful views and experiences in film and a book.
  • Feb 2nd – Michiaki Nishio talks of his passion for minimalist design, connection to nature in architecture and his HiroshimaGraphy art project.
  • On Wednesday, February 3rd, I talked with Kimono Fashionista and influencer Sheila Cliffe in #SSL187 about her research and collaborations with people working in the Kimono industry in Japan, as well as promoting it abroad.
  • Thursday, February 4th was a great chance to learn the ups and downs of running a small inn in Japan from Helen in #SSL188. Helen and her sea loving husband run the Kamakura by the Sea Inn. We were also treated to many of Helen’s insights on some of the best temples and shrines to visit in the area of Kamakura.
  • Bonus Talk with Azby Brown about the Genius of Japanese Carpentry – here are an interesting 19 minutes that didn’t quite squeeze into our 60 minute livestream chat. Some great takeaways here worth watching.
  • Feb 8th 6pm- The Simple Environmentalist talks Eco-Living + Vegan Tips in Japan | Emma Dendler
  • Feb 9th 10:30am – writer Melinda Joe gives us insights into some of her articles on Japanese culture, living and society
  • February 10th 9am Daniel James Moore talks Japan travel including Pickleball, Nagano lodgings and more.
  • Feb 14 (Sun) 10-12 SSL Workshop – Traditional Japanese (Vegan) Kaiseki Dishes taught by Kamesei Ryokan Chef Takei + Innkeeper Tyler Lynch – Private Online Cooking Class – Space Limited to 20
  • Monday 9am – Azby Brown has been in the series previously to talk about his book Just Enough, the Genius of Japanese Carpentry, and his work as lead researcher for SAFECAST radiation monitoring. This time, Azby will talk about his book: ‘The Very Small Home- Japanese Ideas for Living Well in Limited Space‘ with a forward by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. I really enjoy reading the stories of these small houses in Japan which make such good use of natural light and functional design to bring the outside in and dismiss the notion that small spaces are cramped or limited.
  • Tuesday 5pm- Astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker joins the series to introduce some key points from her book, ‘The Planet Factory’ as well as introduce us to the Hayabusa2 mission and other projects she helps introduce to the public in her Outreach and translation role for JAXA in Japan.
  • Author Hannah Kirshner gives us insights into her new book available from the end of March, 2021 – about her experiences in the beautiful mid-mountain Yamanaka area of Ishikawa prefecture
  • Travel Destination Content Creator and Tour Guide Justin Velgus introduces the appeal of his hometown of Sendai in Tohoku and we discuss sustainable tourism and travel issues in Japan
  • ((Soon)) Vegan Baker Rosa founder of Trick-or-Treat Sweets in Osaka will talk about some of her favorite plant-based sweets and her journey to launch her own business in the Kansai region of Japan.
  • Monday March 1st at 5pm: Shu Matsuo talks about his book, “I took her name- Lessons from my Journey into Vulnerability, Authenticity and Feminism”
  • Tuesday March 2nd at 9am: Follow-Up with Artisan baker Lee of Lee’s Bread in Oiso, Kanagawa to hear about her new shop, the new build project, new products, great staff and future plans
  • See my first talk with Lee about her amazing bakery here.

  • Wednesday 5pm Talking with Louise Sorenson of PeaceBoat “Building a Culture of Peace and Sustainability” about the non-profit’s work in the past, during COVID19 and plans for the future
  • 3/8 – Author Azby Brown Talks about the traditional and technological influences on Japan’s Dream House ideal over the years.
  • 3/9 – Soil Scientist and Worm Researcher Robert Blakemore talked about the importance of organic farming, and composting for sustainable soil health for a sustainable future. He has done research on worms in Japan and around the world for many years and has great insights.
  • 3/10 – 11am- 10 years of Place to Grow NGO supporting the people of Tohoku – PTG Founder Angela Ortiz + her father Erwin Ortiz, long time business owner in Aomori – about their efforts after the 3/11/2011 disaster and support over the last ten years through the non-profit PTG work.
  • 3/12 – 9am – Life-Coach + Podcaster Jayne Nakata – Deciding to Stay in Fukushima, Empowering Women with Retreats and Coaching, and Returning to Japan after Sweden.
  • 3/15 – 9am – Bernd Schellhorn + Mitsue Nagase – share insights and stories of Japanese food traditions, culture + heritage they are investigating with a series of interviews.
  • 3/16 – 9am Stephen Filiatrault [CyberSensei] – Talks about his Blog and Podcast “The Rising Son”, the import health supplements business, investing in solar and battery technology at home, unpacking Japanese cultural and traditional concepts worth aiming for in daily life no matter where you live- for example harmony, hospitality and the fleeting passage of the seasons.
  • 3/17 – 5pm – Ria + Robert – founders of Kansha Farm – an organic farm that is focused on building a more sustainable community in Kagoshima
  • 3/18 – 9am Brigitte Noveau – French-Canadian Brigitte talks of her Yoga and meditation training and advice for others about mindfulness and minimalism that she gives to her coaching clients.
  • 3/22 – Artist Mika Horie – Washi Paper Making and Sustainable Rural Living + Art
  • Read the transcript, listen to the podcast and watch the video of the interview here.

  • Author Chelsea Szendi Schieder – Japanese Female Student Activism: Coed Revolution- The Female Student in the Japanese New Left
  • DaveInOsaka – Livestreaming Virtual Travel – Tohoku 10 Years Later / Nikko
  • Taylor E – Halo Style Osaka Flea Markets and Sustainable Fashion
  • Winifred Bird – Eating Wild Japan
  • Lauren Scharf- Next Level Minka Remodeling + Travel
  • Louise Poppy – Sustainable Travel Livestream Guiding / Ideas from New Zealand
  • Nassrine Azimi – UNITAR Peace + Conflict Negotiation and Trees of Hope from Hiroshima
  • Shannon Green – Kimono Culture Abroad – Sunshower Kimono in California
  • James Pankiewicz – Okinawan Karate Masters + Local Travel Insights
  • Hikosaemon + Japan Sustainable News Updates
  • Saki – JustAJapaneseGirl – Kimono Culture in Europe / Happs Livestreaming / Teaching Japanese
  • Kowen Katsufumi Wang – Kayu Package – Can this wooden bento box company help Japan’s plastic crisis?
  • Mareike Dorhege – Shark Research and Sustainable Fishing / Marine Life Conservation
  • Chris Summerville – Environmental Education in India, China and Japan – Ideas to Engage Students with the Climate Crisis
  • Lauren Shannon – Arigato Food Tours – Future Food Tours + Virtual Travel Projects
  • Helene + Noriko – Sustainable Living, Shopping and Innovation App EKOLOKAL
  • Axel Deroubaix – High-quality Artisan Souvenirs Peko-Peko Box and Future Travel
  • Jeff Aasgaard – Rediscover Tours and Traditional Guesthouse Stays in Japan
  • Nick Bradshaw – Writing Stories of Sub-Cultures and Connection in Japan
  • Jon Stollenmeyer – Japanese Carpentry and Rebuilding a 100-year-old Japanese House into a Model Home
  • Jin Kobayashi – Saving Japan’s Most Sacred Shrine Forests and Tallest Trees
  • Farid EL KHALKI – Parental Leave to Tottori From Tokyo + Permaculture From Zero
  • Susan Mercer – Heart Tokushima Animal Rescue, Shelter, Neuter Clinic and Training Facility on Shikoku Island
  • Tina McCarthy – Love of Empowering Women Through Cycling Trips to Japan
  • Laura Blackhall – Hello Travel Japan + Lotus Fields House into Dream Home Remodel Project


SSL Livestream Talkshow Archives from 2020