The Heroine’s Journey of Mayumi Ogihara

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I love having the freedom to use my imagination. The possibilities are endless.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
To be able to see beauty in the ordinary things in life. Surrounded by loved ones and that they’re also happy and healthy. Being able to create art.
What is my greatest fear?
When my children were little, my greatest fear was leaving my husband and my children behind at their young ages. Now, it’s losing loved ones I fear the most.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Lack of confidence.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I first saw her art many years ago. Though my art style is quite different from her work, I have always enjoy her creations and leant many things from her.
What is my greatest extravagance?
Watch Asian TV shows and movies online.
On what occasion would I lie?
Only if the truth would hurt someone greatly.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
I love creating art, but I don’t enjoy dealing with the business side of things such as maintaining my website, online shops, and prompting my art, etc.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I love the moment when I add highlights to my drawings. A touch of white breathes life into my art.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
Become less introverted.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Each of my art are born from my heart and mind. I feel that every pieces I completed are my great achievement.
Where would I most like to live?
Anywhere, as long as my husband is with me, it would be perfect.
What is my most treasured possession?
My creative mind and eye sight.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
My home where I can relax and let my creative juice flow.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
My house. Nothing is better than home cooked meals!
What books influenced my life and how?
“Mindset” by Carol Dweck, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, “Mango Shaped Space” and “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life” by Wendy Mass (juvenile fiction books but they’re very good), and more. They all helped to open my mind.
Who are my favourite writers?
Sharon Shinn, Lynn Kurland, Julie Garwood, Robin McKinley, Cecelia Ahern, Stuart McLean.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
“Ordinary Miracle” by Sarah McLachlan.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Morgan from Nine Kingdoms series by Lynn Kurland.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Anyone who shows kindness to others without expecting anything in return. 
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
The Shawshank Redemption, Boyhood, The Lord of The Rings, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
What role plays art in my life and work?
Art is intertwined with my life in many ways. It’s an essence, reflection, dream, and joy.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My husband.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
Anyone who inspire me, but I’m happy just working on my own.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?
It would be fantastic if I could meet some of my close artists friends I met online.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
I always have lots of ideas I want to work on, but this year I’m thinking about challenging myself and create Japanese steampunk art. We’ll see how it goes.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
All my drawings are posted on my website, Facebook and Instagram. 
Colouring pages and digital stamps – Etsy shop ( )
Books – Lulu shop (
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Ellen Million, Rebecca Sinz, Joanna Bromley, Margaret Morales, Natacha Chohra, Brynn Elizabeth.
How can you contact me?
Website – 

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at 


09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at 


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