Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Ikigai Book Japanese Secret

Book 1 of 2020

This is my impression:

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia Puigcerver

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I picked up this book because the concept appealed to me. Ikigai – the Japanese way of living and the 4 circles overlapping made me want to delve into the philosophy behind it. What particularly interested me was the 4th circle – What does the world need?

The book started off fine, and the first few chapters were engrossing as the author explained IKIGAI and took us on a journey to Okinawa and the residents and their way of life. Somewhere mid-way, it felt like the author lost his way. There were repetitive and rambling anecdotes and the connection to the bigger picture was lost. I did learn about Logotheraphy and Morito therapy and more, and it’s all super fascinating and especially in the first half of the book. The latter part felt a bit disjointed.

However, it is a good book if you want an in on what the philosophy is, how they live their lives, and the steps one can take to adapt a similar lifestyle. The general impression is that the Japanese are overworked and as a society they don’t know to relax, so just focusing on a few spots within Japan was not comprehensive as a whole imho.
Lots of pointers to take away and it’s a book am glad I own, coz I may just go back every now and then and read particular chapters.



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