Ep 27 | Meet KonMari Translator Yuno Imai

March 6th, 2018 · 21 mins 8 secs

About this Episode

Yuno Imai shares what it's like to translate for Marie Kondo and what inspired her to write a children's book based on her joyful life experiences.

Our guest, Yuno Imai, is a Japanese food and travel writer and copy editor based in LA. In addition to being one of the original translators for Marie Kondo and her team, she’s now living a life of joy and focusing on publishing a children’s book.

You can find out more about Yuno by visiting www.iknowyouknowyuno.com. Updates on the launch of her first children’s book will be made available there and you can track Yuno’s adventures and joyful lifestyle via instagram @iknowyouknowyuno.

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In this episode, you'll enjoy:

  • How Karin and Kristyn met Yuno during KonMari consultant training

  • How a fascination with American movies and culture inspired Yuno to pursue translating; the most challenging job she's ever had

  • What it was like to observe the message of the KonMari Method while it initially spread

  • How Yuno studied up on KonMari to prepare for her big translation gig

  • How translating allows Yuno to experience many industries and bridge Japan and America

  • Tricks Yuno uses to memorize her client's words and provide seamless translation

  • Why the gym doesn't spark joy for Yuno and the joyful way she achieves the same results

  • How life, death, prison, and food inspire Yuno's writing projects

  • Yuno's favorite children's books: The Red Shoes and The Rainbow Fish

What sparks joy for Yuno: Creating her children's book, Trevor and Me, based on real events in her life. Themes: friendship across generations, death and reincarnation.


  • "I just follow what I love."

  • "Positive attitude brings positives things in life."

  • "Do what makes you happy and go after your joy!"