- The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
- Narrated by: Naoko Mori
- Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 18-09-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Bring meaning and joy to your every day with the internationally best-selling guide to ikigai.
The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.
Inspiring and comforting, this book will bring you closer to these centenarians' secrets: how they leave urgency behind; keep doing what they love for as long as possible; nurture friendships; live in the moment; participate in their communities; and throw themselves into their passions. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own personal ikigai.
Because who doesn't want to find happiness in every day?
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By juozas kasiulis on 24-03-18
Really enjoyable audiobook. It explains well the ikigai concept gives plenty of examples. Also there are plenty of mental physical practises to achieve longer better life.
Narration well done.
I am glad I bought it.
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By Nicki on 01-02-18
Beautiful and insightful principles to live a long and happy life. I want to listen to this book all over again, and I’ve only just finished it!
By Christine on 03-02-18
Too shallow to really make a difference
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This book is not bad, but just too shallow and simplistic to make a real difference. Many points the writers make seem to be explained either too little, or seem to be woven into the Japanese culture too much for a member of Western society to be able to adapt it so quickly. For example, the writers tell the listener there is no Japanese word for ''retirement''. How do the writers then expect a Western reader to immediately understand and adapt to the Japanese idea of never retiring when they have grown up with retirement all embedded in their life? There's also a much too optimistic description of how ''every Japanese person has a passion they follow'' and how this keeps them going. Why not tell the reader the whole story, about the crushing pressure the Japanese society holds on people, the pressure to succeed, to get a good job, to behave perfectly and be humble and agreeable and whatnot? Perhaps the people of a 100 years old did not feel this pressure yet in their youth, but the current Japanese society is definitely not as ideal and full of ''passion'' as these writers try to make it seem. This book is written like an unrealistic, idealistic fairytale that just does not hit the right spot. A real shame.
What about Naoko Mori’s performance did you like?
The voice of Naoko was very nice to listen to. It was soft and the Japanese words came out so perfectly, they made a welcome change to the English.
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