Japanese Wisdom

The Japanese way of life and philosophy, continues to inspire and offer a very different perspective from the West to living well. These book recommendations are designed to offer a wide selection of Japanese wisdom and philosophy. A reading list filled with hope, novelty and transformation that piques the curiosity of even the most skeptical of minds.


Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life (Non-fiction) by Héctor García

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García

Ikigai is the Japanese version of the Danish hygee with the difference that hygge is the practice of doing nothing and ikigai is the practice of staying active by doing something — with focus, patience and joy.

The philosophy invites you to embrace meaning and joy in everything you do and actively doing this. This is the secret to long and happy life.

Literally translated, ikigai means your life’s purpose, your raison d’etre and finding this will truly give your life meaning, happiness and longevity. It infuses your day with passion, a vision for your life and a professional pursuit.

The Japanese strongly believe that you should never stop doing whatever gives your this ikigai. In fact, this is the reason why the Japanese don’t have a word for retirement — it’s because they never retire. They actively pursue what brings them joy habitually.

A wonderful, little audiobook to start your day with, perfect for the morning commute.

Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life (Non-fiction) by Beth Kempton

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The philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which explores the beauty found in the transient imperfection of life, is captured in this book in stunning vignettes that leave you feeling energised and refreshed, particularly after a difficult day. Happiness, after all is found right where you are.

It’s the perfect book for your coffee table to ensure that you’ll refer to it over and over again and get the most out of it.


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