According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a happier and longer life.

Ikigai is an introductory self-guide book to help you discover your own reasons to get up in the morning.

Ikigai makes for a good reference guide as it takes its bits and pieces from a variety of sources. It is a bit chaotic in its layout and there’s some repetition involved.

I did find very little connection between this book and japanese culture/lifestyle, not to the extent I was hoping for anyway.

It does not go into any topics to a great extent and does not offer a lot of expertise but it is an enjoyable read if taken lightly. I don’t see myself going back to it but I noted down few references and areas that I’d like to explore further.

I am unsure of whether this book has brought me ever closer to finding my Ikigai but it introduced to the concept and I’m grateful for that.

What is your Ikigai?

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