Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day

Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day

Introducing IKIGAI: find your passions and live with joy

Ikigai is a Japanese phenomenon commonly understood as “your reason to get up in the morning.” Ikigai can be small moments: the morning air, a cup of coffee, a compliment. It can also be deep convictions: a fulfilling job, lasting friendships, balanced health. Whether big or small, your ikigai is the path to success and happiness in your own life.

Author Ken Mogi introduces five pillars of ikigai to help you make the most of each day and become your most authentic self:

1. starting small > focus on the details
2. releasing yourself > accept who you are
3. harmony and sustainability > rely on others
4. the joy of little things > appreciate sensory pleasure
5. being in the here and now > find your flow.

Weaving together insights from Japanese history, philosophy, and modern culture, plus stories from renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono, anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and others, Mogi skillfully shows the way to awaken your ikigai.

Title:Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781615194759

    Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day Reviews

  • Marija S.

    Easy to read, fluent. I applaude the appreciation of the IKIGAI concept, however by its disarrayed writing, this book only partially explained and disambiguated the phenomena.It is great that a Japane...

  • Laura | What's Hot?

    This book review was first published on What's Hot? here.Hygge was last year's trend, this year it's Ikigai. It's a concept that the Japanese roughly translate as "a reason to get up in the morning". ...

  • Lou Robinson

    So, I've joined a "Women in Leadership" programme being run by the ICAEW, and as part of that, I now have a mentor, Belinda (who is totally brilliant), and she's been talking to me about where I go ne...

  • Isaac

    Ikigai is about how the Japanese in particular have learned to enjoy the little things in life.Thankfully, the book itself is a reading experience that flies by without any hassel. The double spaced p...

  • Yk Chia

    Pretty neat book to read when you are relaxing. Too much examples as the book could be summarised in 10 pages or so.Principles i learnt:1. Harmony ib life makes things easier, work better and life hap...

  • Adriana

    I feel this book has good potential, but it gets lost in its anecdotes. It's rich in history and facts about Japan and its culture, which are interesting to read about, but it deviates from the purpos...

  • Julius Butcher

    The Ikigai itself is a fascinating subject, and we have much to learn from the Japanese. This book gives a nice summary what is Ikigai, and how the Japanese people achieve happier life through it. How...

  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -

    I struggled mightily with this one, yet there were things about the Japanese culture that were really interesting. (Which is why I'm giving it a three instead of two.)Mogi starts with the basic pillar...

  • Liz De Coster

    Author’s voice was undistinctive and a little lacking in personality. It made it hard to find the book persuasive or engaging....

  • Nopadol Rompho

    This book is filled with interesting idea and examples of how to live your life. It is strongly recommended....