Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Tim Tamashiro delights us with a journey into the discovery of Ikigai, a treasure map for finding one’s own happiness. Ikigai originates from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate and home to one of the highest percentages of centurions in the world. Take the first step in discovering your own Ikigai, and earn your yellow belt in finding your purpose.
A love of music, and a dream to create a life full of it, carried Tim Tamashiro all the way from childhood music lessons to a successful career as a jazz musician. Growing up in small town Alberta, Tamashiro felt differently than the other kids, and embraced that feeling to pursue creative outlets that he enjoyed. Piano lessons led to music school, work with with HMV retail, then a role with MCA Records. For twenty years, he enjoyed working in music, from performing with bands, singing at events and in front of prime ministers and royalty. He sang jazz standards with The Jump Orchestra in Edmonton, then moved to Calgary and joined a local jazz group called The Swinging Bovines. He released his debut album, “Wiseass Crooner,” in 1995, and toured Canada promoting it. Most recently Tim authored the book "How to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life's Purpose" This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://www.ted.com/tedx