- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (August 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143130722
- ISBN-13: 978-0143130727
- Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Hardcover – 29 August 2017
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"Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for them. . . . Much in the same way that The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up emphasizes 'choosing what we want to keep, and not what we want to get rid of, ' [Ikigai] demonstrates that aging could be an opportunity to keep working, keep smiling, keep active, and keep being social even as centenarians." --KonMari Newsletter"Want to live longer? Keep super busy. If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something--and doing it with supreme focus and joy. . . . Pack up those cozy blankets and candles you purchased in last year's hygge-fueled Ikea spree. Fall's biggest imported lifestyle trend is ikigai, and it might help you live to 100." --New York Post "Busy-ness is a concept I'm familiar with and fascinated by, especially living in New York City. . . . The Japanese concept of ikigai (the happiness of being busy) [is] attainable and even an important key to living longer." --Mia Feitel, Elle.com "Discovering your ikigai, or passion, can be one of the greatest journeys you will embark on." --Forbes "Definitely worth the time it will take you to enjoy a cup or two of green tea as you digest this small, charming book." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "A must-follow lifestyle hack, ikigai makes hygge look like a trip to Ikea. . . . Think feng shui with Venn diagrams--although this time there is no need to move the front door." --The Guardian "You've tried hygge and lagom--but it turns out ikigai is the key to happiness." --The Independent (London) "Forget hygge. It's all about ikigai." --The Times (London) "Ikigai is what allows you to look forward to the future even if you're miserable right now. . . . It might just help you live a more fulfilling life." --BBC "Originating from a country with one of the world's oldest populations, ikigai is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better. . . . [It] is helping people live longer on Okinawa as it gives them purpose." --World Economic Forum "Ikigai. Ick-ee-guy. It's a word you'll be hearing quite often come autumn. . . . It's Japanese, and it means something like 'purpose in life, ' or 'thing that you live for, ' or 'thing that gets you out of bed in the morning.' . . . An extended lifespan, according to the long-life expert Dan Buettner, is what awaits havers-of-ikigai." --The Sunday Telegraph
"A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness." --Stylist "The most eye-catching autumn lifestyle trend is the Japanese concept of ikigai, which translates as 'reason to live.' . . . An attractive and absorbing book." --The Bookseller "A Japanese concept that offers a new perspective on finding happiness." --The Debrief "Persuasively shows that small changes can help readers find more joy and purpose in their lives [with] clear, succinct information . . . skillfully compiled . . . into an engaging, easily accessible format with lists, charts, and illustrations." --Publishers Weekly "Ikigai gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Science-based studies weave beautifully into honest, straight-talking conversation you won't be able to put down. Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind." --Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation
About the Author
Héctor García is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of Spain, where he was born. A former software engineer, he worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan, where he developed voice recognition software and the technology needed for Silicon Valley startups to enter the Japanese market. He is the creator of the popular blog kirainet.com and the author of A Geek in Japan, a #1 bestseller in Japan.Francesc Miralles is an award-winning author who has written a number of bestselling self-help and inspirational books. Born in Barcelona, he studied journalism, English literature, and German, and has worked as an editor, a translator, a ghost-writer, and a musician. His novel Love in Lowercase has been translated into twenty languages.
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It is a good book. My overall rating of the book has little to do with the quality of the writing or the underlying concept. The former is quite good and the latter is valid. My rating is strictly personal and relates more to who might be considering adding it to their reading list. Not a “don’t,” for sure. More like, “understand it for what it is.”
For those who are ardent fans of all things philosophical and psychological, as I am, this is a good book that plows relatively little new ground. Finding purpose in life, keeping busy, eating well, and finding connection to the world around you is important. It’s ground, however, that has been covered by many authors over the years.
If you haven’t sampled of these past triumphs you will enjoy this book very much. It is a great and easily read introduction to the topics of longevity and the benefits of living in the moment. And it chronicles many of the philosophies and prior contributions to the topic, from Buddhism to Stoicism, with a stop at the Serenity Prayer. Eastern, and particularly Japanese, contributions are given extra attention. Wabi-sabi and ichi-go ischi-e, for example, are explained in some detail, but remain an overview. Relatively newer concepts like antifragility are also explained. It even covers the Six Healing Sounds introduced by Sun Simiao in the sixth century. (This one was new to me.)
A lot of the book turns on Ogimi, in the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan, which holds the distinction of being the oldest village on the planet. (In that many of the residents have lived very long lives.) It’s a delightful visit. Having lived in China for nine years and having visited Japan many times over the course of more than three decades, I have a deep fondness for places like Ogimi. I’m not sure, however, that they aren’t byproducts of the totality of Japanese culture. Could they take seed in places like California or Virginia, for example?
Part of my ikigai is to be a nice person and not think disparagingly of anyone. And I am not here. This book was an interesting read for me, and may be a revelational read for you. I make no judgment on that. I just give you my experience as a reader.
This book would, in my opinion, make an excellent gift for anyone in your life that might need a little boost or is otherwise hard to buy for. There is absolutely nothing here that could meet with controversy or resistance. It is decidedly upbeat throughout.
And that is saying a lot of good things about any book.
I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. It’s nice that the author has such a positive view of Japan, but I would prefer if they hadn’t spent 30 pages espousing how amazing Japan is compared to everywhere else. And it is amazing, I’ve lived there and have visited many times since I moved away. This is simply too much.