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Artist Satsuki Shibuya Is on a Spiritual Journey

Artist. Poet. Spiritual thinker. That’s how Satsuki Shibuya describes herself. Although she admits those titles seem to shift as she moves through life. Currently, she has a thriving career creating art that translates the energy of the unseen, spiritual world into something more tangible. Think: ethereal paintings, which have been found on the set of Marie Condo’s Netflix show. Or, a book of watercolors and poetry, written in both Japanese and English. Satsuki grew up in Los Angeles and still lives there today, while making trips to Japan to visit family. Read on to learn about her journey as an artist and a traveler.

What inspired you to become a professional artist?

After interning in various companies during my studies at Otis College of Art and Design, my heart was set on starting my own company by graduation. At the time, I was dead set on becoming the next Martha Stewart or Harumi Kurihara, but of course, things change.


 

 

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Let’s talk about “going places.” What’s on the horizon for you?

At the moment, there is a possible trip to Hawaii. But overall, my body is usually happy traveling about two times per year.

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What are you most proud of?

I am most humbled and moved by the community that has decided to be on this creative path with me. Although it is difficult to gauge how one is affecting another, I sense that the individuals who are choosing to engage with my work are beautiful spirits. I do truly feel blessed and grateful for this.

Tell us about the last adventure you took:

My husband and I took a three-week trip to Japan last year to celebrate a belated honeymoon. Usually going to Japan equates to visiting family in various locations, as that is the main reason for going. But this time, with our shared love of the country, we wanted to explore other parts on our own. Wandering the ancient temples of Kyoto, bike riding in the streets of Takayama, gazing at the ever changing views of Mount Fuji, and weaving our way around Tokyo — a truly memorable trip.

“Wandering the ancient temples of Kyoto, bike riding in the streets of Takayama, gazing at the ever changing views of Mount Fuji, and weaving our way around Tokyo — a truly memorable trip.”

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What do you never travel without?

Vitamin C for when a cold threatens to strike. Charcoal pills to help settle an upset stomach. Headphones, face mask, and eye mask to drift into my own world when things become a bit too chaotic. A warm blanket-like sweater for multiple uses. Gluten free, digestive friendly emergency food as one never knows when there will be food next. Pillow, when possible, as I am a light sleeper and the right one makes all the difference. Manuka honey and tea because it not only raises the body’s defense mechanisms and also has a calming effect. Baby wipes and disinfectant wipes, definitely.

Fill in the blank. Traveling makes me:

Excited, inspired, but also exhausted. To fully enjoy, it is imperative that down time is scheduled in or else my body starts to shut down.

What’s your favorite Summersalt travel piece?

I love The 24 hour jumpsuit. It’s classy, simple, and comfortable. I am drawn to pieces that allow for moving from one scene to another without hassle.

Got any go-to podcasts or albums for passing time on a plane?

I usually listen to audiobooks during flights and two that I enjoyed recently while in transit were Living Without Stress or Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh and Letting Go by David R. Hawkins MD, PhD. Both books have a meditative, contemplative hue, swinging back and forth between reality and the subconscious.

Courtesy Satsuki Shibuya

Share your most valuable travel hack

Light and packable are the two words I live by. Two items that I found invaluable and also love using even outside of travel are: Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote and Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody. They both fold into themselves allowing for maximum space in a suitcase, durable, lightweight, water-resistant, and also well designed. I believe function and aesthetic beauty are both important.

Courtesy Satsuki Shibuya

Talk about the best and the worst business decision you ever made. 

The worst business decision I ever made was to make my business the sole importance of my life, even above life itself. Life is more than work; it is a culmination of work, health, wellness, loved ones, conversations, and more. Even sleeping, eating, using the restroom when we need, cooking our own food — each experience combined is what creates life. I had forgotten this fundamental balance of being human, which lead to burnout. The best decision has been to follow my heart, allow the universe to be my guide, and let go. The more I trust, the more things flow.