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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

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Discover the Japanese secret to a long and happy life with the internationally bestselling guide to ikigai - 'a refreshingly simple recipe for happiness' (Stylist Magazine)

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living peop
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Cornerstone Digital (first published April 2016)
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Marcelo Galuppo This is not addressed by the authors, but I think you misunderstood their intention. They discuss how people from Okinawa achieve a very old age (abou…moreThis is not addressed by the authors, but I think you misunderstood their intention. They discuss how people from Okinawa achieve a very old age (about 90 years old) through alimentation, exercise and, sure, Ikigai (something that connects one`s mission, profession, vocation and activity). I think it is irrelevant that most suicides take place in Japan (Okinawa isn`t quite Japan). The question is why the most old people are from Okinawa.(less)
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Chris Chester
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I kind of feel bad panning this book, because I think helping people find their ikigai -- or their purpose in life -- is a worthwhile goal.

The problem is, I have to think that the author and his publisher know that this book doesn't come anywhere close to achieving that goal.

Instead, this book is a jumbled mess. It borrows heavily from the work of others, from Victor Frankl to the guys studying flow states, slaps on a thin veneer of received wisdom from Japanese octogenarians and attempts to pas
This book has nothing to do with Ikigai. Honestly it should've been titled How to Live a Long Life like an Okinawan.

Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means your reason for being.

Iki' in Japanese means' life,' and 'gai' describes value or worth. It gives a person a reason for living.

This book, written by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia, tells us the Ten rules of Ikigai, which are, distilled from the wisdom of the long-living residents of Ogimi:
They are

1) Stay active; don't retire.
2) Take it slow.
3) Don't fill your stomach.
4) Surround yourself with good friends.
5) Get in shape for your next bir
Gabriela Pistol
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could live with the fact that every idea about the Western approach to finding a purpose in life is taken from Frankl, Taleb and a few others. With no personal contribution from the authors. But to claim that you interviewed 100 people from Okinawa and to present your readers with no more than 5 pages of random (and in no way revealing, profound or even interesting) quotes from these interviews...that is just disrespectful. To the reader and to the interviewees.
Muhammad Abdullah
Bring meaning and joy to every day with ikigai.

IKIGAI is a distinguish read for me. I learn a lot of things from this book. This book is about the life and culture of the people living at Okinawa island in Japan. This island is famous for the longevity of its people. There are almost 22.55 people over the age of 100 for every 100,000 inhabitants—which is far more the the global average.

This book is categorized into NINE short chapters, each with its unique and profound nature. In these chapter
Dec 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh look, another self help book that told me to 'not worry' and 'have a healthy lifestyle'.

I might as well throw my psychology degree out the window when there are self-help books with just advices like these.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book's title is a little misleading: while it does talk about ikigai, it also talks about what things are connected to it, and the main point is on having a long, happy, healthy(ish) life, as seen from the (mostly) Okinawan way of life. The authors traveled to Ogimi, which is in Okinawa, Japan, and spent time there interviewing and observing the oldest people, who all seemed to have this ikigai (the reason to get up in the morning), a joy of life and very active daily activities.

The chapters
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot of things going for it - it is concise, packages best known & appreciated theories on a long life & happiness and provides examples from Japan on a fulfilling life.

Ikigai is the Japanese concept of a purposeful life where what you love, are good at intersects with what the world really needs and is willing to pay for making it a winning combination which you as an individual enjoy pursuing. The authors start with Logotherapy pioneered by Victor Frankl, who after a painful per
Jo (The Book Geek)
This book was a little hit and miss for me. The primary reason I picked it up was due to my interest in Japanese culture, but also because I wanted to find out more about 'Ikigai.' I found this to be a fairly straightforward read, and could be read fairly quickly if one had the time.

I appreciated that the author gives some practical advice on how find ones 'flow' and how to do this with diet and exercise. Also, snippets in Japanese culture were scattered throughout the book which made it more o
Ammit P Chawda
Feb 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 ⭐


What a wonderful book to read this season!! Ikigai The Japanese secret to a long and happy life focuses on finding a meaning and purpose in life. The book captures life's of most of the people who have gone on to live for 100+ years of age mostly from Okinawa region of Japan.

The author has interviewed people who have gone on to live long asking them questions about their schedule, hobbies, exercises, food consumption, habits etc.Most of the conversations ar
Jasmin Martin
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I expected more but this book disappoints. It doesnt seem to follow a clear thread but rather jumps randomly around from one fact to another (which the authors thought relevant) such as stress and what it does to the body, and then short profiles on some of the longest lived persons on the planet. These don't have much to do with the Ogimi folk of Okinawa that the researchers were going to visit and interview. I though they were going to write about them and their entire time spent with them, bu ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Life is not a problem to be solved, just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you."
Ikigai is a beautiful little read about the simple ways of life and the peace of mind. About happiness, appreciation and connecting with nature. If you are looking for some great revelation after reading this little book, then just know... it's not happening. It's only meant to slow you down, rethink, focus, and live a long ha
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. It's really just a recap of The Blue Zones of Happiness with emphasis on the Okinawa aspect. The quote I find most disconcerting, after reading the entire book, is "There is no perfect strategy to connecting with our ikigai"....but (what we learn from the Okinawans) is "don't worry too much about finding it." But then, in the next and final page, they say, "if you don't know what your ikigai is yet, as Viktor Frankl says, your mission is to discover it."
So which is it? And aside from exerci
Nadia King
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally inhaled this book. Ikigai is a beautiful book about Japanese culture and discusses the secret to a long and happy life. If you're interested in Japanese culture and self-development this gorgeous book is for you. Just reading this had a calm and centering effect on me. "Happiness is always determined by your heart." 💙 ...more
Feb 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

Everyone has there own ikigai:
A reason to jump out of the bed every morning, a reason to live happily, a reason to keep following your heart instead of the arms of a clock. The book is not just informative and motivational but also comforting and soothing. Written about passionate people, by passionate people. Full of information, researches, case studies.

There are some interview answers of the Okinawans which can influence many people
Neha Lathr
This goes without saying that the book was well written and researched. The hard work behind the interviews and the surveys can easily be detected. Although, in my opinion, the title of the book i.e. IKIGAI, is a little trickery. The novel tells us a lot of meaningful and insightful things but the only thing it forgot to tell us is how we can uncover the dilemma of searching our ikigai. No doubt there were topics like flow indicating how a person gets so involved in a specific activity that noth ...more
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Having read a good number of self-help books in the past and not being too inspired by any of them, I was kind of reluctant to pick this one up. But there was something so soothing and inviting about the cover-the depiction of Japanese cherry blossoms because of which I decided that maybe it was worth a shot. Believe me, I was not disappointed.

Ikigai is a treasure trove of life’s secrets. It posits a series of precise and workable
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad to complete my 2020 with such a great book. It didn't really make me feel like I was reading a self-help book it was more like I was reading about Japanese culture. And, now I want to visit Japan. Well, maybe after this COVID is done 😷

It's so inspiring how people in Japan and Okinawa's centenarians live their life. How they are so active both mentally and physically even after they have lived 100 years by following their ikigai. I liked all the chapters, especially "Masters of Longevity
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a great fan of non-fiction. But this book was an excellent read. It discusses how the inhabitants of Okinawa, Japan live. What is special about Okinawa? It's the place with the highest number of centenarians in the world. What is their secret to such a long life? This book also discusses the meaning of "ikigai" which kind of translate to 'a purpose to live or the reason why you want to wake up everyday'.

This book is not superficial and the topics discussed make sense and are easy to follow.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today.

Patrick Sherriff
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
I just got my Japanese pension book in the mail today, but won't be able to use it for a good 20 years yet, so staying alive for a long time suddenly just became a bit more real for me: to get all my pension payments back I'll need to be around for a good 30 more years at least. And the advice presented here seems irrefutable: eat more fruit and veg; drink less alcohol; do a bit of exercise everyday; don't sweat the small stuff; don't sweat the big stuff; hang out with your loved ones everyday; ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A terrible generic self-help book that doesn’t even remotely touch on Ikigai and Japanese living. You get way more out of reading the back cover (the back blurb and diagram is really interesting) than wasting your time attempting this book.
Mixed feelings while reading this book.
I believe the title and content is not matched. About 30% for the secret of Japanese people. The rest is all about other research findings. Nonetheless, this book makes me more understand and know about some concept even though it was not related to Japanese such as Logotherapy.

Should read Epilogue only then. Overhyped. Yes.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, 2021
“Once you discover your Ikigai, pursuing it every day will bring meaning to your life.”

This is my first review of the year 2021. I deliberately chose a book that was highly acclaimed to be something which will give a positive outlook on life. I am a really pessimistic person in general. I always see the negative side of things and tend to be anxious almost everyday. This has affected my confidence, belief and potential deeply. My sole aim for 2021 is to be more happy and positive, and I thi
Louise Garnier
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so disappointed. I thought this would be an amazing book but actually it's a mess. I could see what the authors were trying to do but they could have done it in 40 pages or less. There were some contradictory thoughts, not to mention the amount of times the same ideia was repeated over and over. Most of the times the graphics were completely unnecessary, as the text is super simple and easy to understand. Also, the amount of information about techniques and breathing exercises seemed as if t ...more
Morgan Stout
My primary goal in reading most books is to gain perspective on how other people think and live as well as to see how I can improve myself. This book met my needs, though I must agree with other reviewers in saying that the beginning and end were the most worthwhile parts of the book. I enjoyed listening to "Ikigai" while I washed dishes and folded laundry. It helped me feel like seemingly menial tasks like these would keep me moving over the years and increase my longevity. ...more
Apoorva Ranade
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.”

A short book with powerful messages!
Acordul Fin

Ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:

What you love (your passion)
What the world needs (your mission)
What you are good at (your vocation)
What you can get paid for (your profession)
This was a mess. Surface level, vague information that you can Google under 5 minutes and still learn more than this book has to offer.

How can this claim to be about Japanese culture when it barely delves into it? The way this was put together makes it look like the authors looked up "longevity in
Quick review for a quick read. I definitely like the concept of "ikigai" and looked forward to learning more about the concept based on the description this book gave. However, upon finishing this - I felt that some of the advice was helpful, but very generalized and unfocused in this book. You get tidbits of insight on Japanese culture here, but it's more in the eyes of the authors experiencing the culture than it is direct voicing from the culture itself. That's a problem when you're trying to ...more
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I'm the author of several Japanese culture books: The Magic of Japan, Ikigai the Japanese Secret for a Long and Happy Life, The Book of Ichigo Ichie, Shinrinyoku, The Ikigai Journey and A Geek in Japan.

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