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The Little Book of Ikigai

The Essential Japanese Way to Finding Your Purpose in Life
Written by: Ken Mogi
Narrated by: Matt Addis
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Welcome to ikigai, a Japanese mind-set that will change your life. Ken Mogi, a Japanese expert and best-selling writer, reveals all about this mysterious and fascinating miracle that is at the heart of Japan's record-breaking long life, astonishing appreciation of sensory beauty and inherent mindfulness.

It is extraordinary that Japanese men's longevity ranks fourth in the world while Japanese women's ranks second. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of ikigai is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do: in their professional careers, in their relationships with family members, in the hobbies they cultivate so meticulously.

Ken Mogi identifies five key pillars to ikigai:

  • Pillar 1: Starting small
  • Pillar 2: Releasing yourself
  • Pillar 3: Harmony and sustainability
  • Pillar 4: The joy of little things
  • Pillar 5: Being in the here and now

The Japanese talk about ikigai as 'a reason to get up in the morning'. It is something that keeps one's enthusiasm for life going, whether you are a cleaner of the famous Shinkansen bullet train, the mother of a newborn child or a Michelin-starred sushi chef. The Five Pillars are at the heart of everything they do. But how do you find your own ikigai? How does ikigai contribute to happiness?

Neuroscientist and best-selling Japanese writer Ken Mogi provides an absorbing insight into this way of life, incorporating scientific research and firsthand experience and providing a colourful narrative of Japanese culture and history along the way.

©2017 Ken Mogi (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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Sumo wrestling is .......

Interesting especially about Shinto shrine and sumo wrestling as I had a different perception about these. however it would have been great to include some suggestions to find own ikigai. overall ok. narration was excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-19

A must read in today's world, it beautifull

It's a must read in today's competitive world. It beautifully reminds us to sit and talk to oneself and find your own ikigai

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  • Jason Renoux
  • 29-01-19

Bring Ikigai in your life

Loved this book. Having studied the art of keeping trees in pots aka bonsai, I can feel Ikigai strong(ish) within me.

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  • Hiroki Sugi
  • London
  • 26-11-17

First audiobooks

This is my very time reading (listening to?) an audiobook so let me write a small review on the app first. Audible is very simple and friendly to use. As an English learner, I found this very nice to train my listening skills. I’ll definitely continue using this app and see how it works. The book was well-made as well. One day he talked in the radio “My next goal is writing a book in English” and now, it comes true. This book is mainly written about Japanese culture presented by the neuroscientist Ken Mogi, so there are many unique perceptions for even Japanese people like me. There are so many things to learn, and now I’m really looking forward to his future work on English books.

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  • alexkusuma
  • 02-10-17

Very interesting introduction to Ikigai

An short but sweet introduction to Ikigai. The reading is good, though the production is a little bit less than perfect due to some patched audio. I understand that it probably needed to be done to fix some bad audio, though the voice/audio should be made less distracting.