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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life by [Héctor García, Francesc Miralles]
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Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for themMarie 'KonMari' Kondo

I love [this] book… I read it and it’s bewitched me ever since. I’m spellbound

A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness... According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. It means your purpose – the reason you get up in the morning. The thing that fires you up and keeps you busy. Your raison d'être. ― Stylist

Curl up on the sofa with this and enjoy an insight into Japanese culture while picking up some self-care tips you may not have considered before... Ikigai offers an insight into a gentle yet focused way of life built around a sense of purpose. ― Independent

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.

[The] Japanese art of ikigai ... Its basic message is about "authentic living". Practitioners must fill in overlapping circles that cover motivation, fulfilment, what they earn and what improves their life. The answer at the centre will be the key to a happy and long life.Guardian

If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something - and doing it with supreme focus and joy. ― New York Post --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Héctor García (Author)
Héctor García is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of Spain, where he was born. He is the author of several books about Japanese culture, including two worldwide bestsellers, A Geek in Japan and Ikigai. A former software engineer, he worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan.

Francesc Miralles (Author)
Francesc Miralles is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of books about how to live well, together with the novels Love in Small Letters and Wabi-Sabi.

Alongside Héctor García, he was welcomed to Okinawa in Japan, where the inhabitants live for longer than in any other place in the world. There they had the chance to interview more than a hundred villagers about their philosophy for a long and happy life. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B073D36KNM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (7 September 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 33482 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 158 pages
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Reviewed in India on 12 October 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Light Reading. May Disappoint - Dependent on Reader's Expectation.
By Short of a Century on 12 October 2018
The book does a decent job of relating the concept of Ikigai to modern day psychology (with Frankl's Logotherapy from Man's Search for Meaning among others) and a few scientific references in a simple manner. It talks about how purpose plays an important role in a man's life and the different ways in which it manifests itself. It also tackles some ways to 'find your flow' and ensure that what you do receives 100% of your attention and that you enjoy whatever you are creating.

The book also discusses certain other Japanese concepts like takumi (specialized workers) and moai (connections with community or friend-circle). The brief discussions have the benefit of being to the point and simple but also pose the risk of trivializing them into regular self-help advice. The book also delves into Japanese perspectives on living life and persevering without getting caught up in artificially-created urgency. But again, maybe the authors wished for the readers to research more or meditate more on the content given the concise treatment of the same.

The chapters on diet and exercises have more details and thus, may be more useful. Certain foods are dealt with in greater detail as is the concept of 'hara hachi bu' wherein one eats only 80% of what would actually assuage his hunger. The chapter on exercises includes illustrations and steps. While they may suffice for some of the purposes mentioned in the book - the philosophy behind them, progressive increments and other essential details are missing or insufficient.

I was interested in the concept of Ikigai and wanted to read more about it. Despite being well-written and presenting modern applications, the book did not fulfill my requirements at all. Some of the condensed content made me think that the extended research, including on-site interviews, done by the authors for writing this book was clearly lost in translation or presentation in certain parts.

The hardcover is pretty and soothing with its matte texture. Inner pages are smooth and heavy with a cream tinge. The font size is good. The spine as well as pages hold up well. Overall, the book is quite light and sturdy. Bought it for INR 460 against MRP of INR 499.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ikigai
By Seethalakshmikshetty on 14 October 2019
Just read a back of book and its enough dont waste like me😢
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little hyped!!
By Radhika Saimbi on 22 July 2019
The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
By Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

I will be confessing by saying that i bought this book just because of its attractive cover, such a soothing color combination which itself calmed me.

This book is all about finding your passion in life, your “ikigai” which will help you to live a happy, content, active and long life. It talks about art of staying young while growing old, about relaxing, about not running behind materialistic things, how to improve your performance in daily routine and to stay focused.

One of the best lesson which I liked was how to be more anti fragile. It talked about creating more options, by devoting time in your passion, taking small risks for increasing your experience and to get rid of the things which makes us more fragile.

Before reading this book I felt that there would be some manoeuvre to follow for finding your ikigai, but there is just overview of many therapies which left me little unsatisfied and disappointed. There were few things like proverbs, quotes and traditions from centritains which I found were not really required. There is no rocket science written in this book but some of the facts are eye opening.

P. S . And seriously I wish I could learn sun salutation and other exercise by reading.

Overall I will say it’s a easy, simple read for beginners for setting up small goals.

Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.
——-Japanese proverb

Book starts with this proverb and this literally summarises the book.
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Timothy J Chisholm
2.0 out of 5 stars And this is why I hate self help books.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2021
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2.0 out of 5 stars And this is why I hate self help books.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2021
Okay. So, I normally balk at purchasing self help books and try to find some other way of gleaning the often infinitesimally small bit of useful information that they actually impart. Free months on kindle unlimited etc.

If this book has done one thing, it is to reinforce that rule and remind me not to be so foolish in the future.

For those of you that are considering buying this book but do not want to waste precious time, sifting through the 95% of this book that is, bulking, waffle, irrelevant, endless repetition of the work Ikigai and theories as to why people on Okinawa live longer than most on the planet....

** There are two things that you need to know.

1. Write down the activities, hobbies, work, that you do, that make you happy (you are half way through the book before they ask you to do this!). Things that not only make you smile and feel fulfilled but where the time passes noticeably more quickly because you are focussed on the enjoyable task at hand.

2. Incorporate those activities as much as you can in your daily life.

The answers are pretty much in front of you on the Amazon web page for this book. Just take a look at the pictures provided and work it out for yourself from there. It’s not rocket science.

Good luck and live a happy and long life with an extra £10 in your pocket. The Scottish secret to a long marriage and happy wife.

I do not receive any payment or free goods for writing these reviews. I am just happy to share my views on my purchases with fellow like minded Amazonians in the hope that you may find it helpful.
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Steve Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely helpful in the search for meaning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2018
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 September 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb and simple book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Peaceful Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2018
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