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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • One: starting small - focus on the details
  • Two: releasing yourself - accept who you are
  • Three: harmony and sustainability - rely on others
  • Four: the joy of little things - appreciate sensory pleasure
  • Five: 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.

©2018 Ken Mogi (P)2018 Tantor

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SOMETHING I'VE HAD ALL ALONG AND NEVER REALISED.

This is a great book. It has helped me to organize some of my own thoughts and focus more on what and who I am. The authors goes on a few lengthy stories that often could be summarized or shortened, but overall a must read if you're still trying to find yourself.

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Great narrator. Great book. Very useful, it gives you new insight. It has helped me a lot

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A true gem! A must read!!!

This book is wonderful, because it makes you reflect on the things that matter to the reader. It inspires you to be happy, and where to find it in a life that is competitive, stressful, and unpredictable. This book points you in the right direction and is full of interesting narratives that help with that.