Author(s): Erin Niimi Longhurst
A Japanese-inspired guide to living a happier, more fulfilled life. This fascinating book, packed full of advice, takes you down the path to a fulfilling and happy life by drawing lessons from Japanese culture and ancient philosophy . It gives you tools to make the most of every day by learning from some of the simple life lessons intrinsic to the Japanese way of being..The book is divided into two themes - Kokoro (heart and mind) and Karada (body), In Kokoro, you learn about ikigai or your purpose, be this in your career or your personal passion for a pastime. Igikai is fundamental to the Japanese way of life and has been cited as the reason people live long and happy lives. Wabi-sabi and kintsugi are the Japanese philosophies that value imperfection and balance and the importance of approaching life holistically. In part 2 the author shows the practical and actionable steps that Westerners can take to incorporate some Japanese philosophies into their own lives, from forest bathing (shinrinyoku) and connecting with nature, to the delicate art flower arranging (ikebana) which encourages a mindful state of being, to the practicality of bento boxes . With recipes, lifestyle tips and lots of ideas to put into practice, the third section of the book will help you establish new routines and habits.Beautifully illustrated throughout by Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemaso, this little book of wisdom is the perfect gift to enhance your life.
Erin Niimi Longhurst has always treasured the Japanese traditions that shaped her upbringing. She spends time in Japan every year and currently lives in London. Her blog Island Bell focuses on food travel and lifestyle. She currently works freelance as a digital marketeer.