IKIGAI-KAN BOOK

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Japanese Wisdom For a Fulfilling and Meaningful Life

Bringing together insights from leading authorities and researchers on the ikigai concept and Japanese psychology.

Prof. Akihiro Hasegawa

Prof. Akihiro Hasegawa

Dr. Shintaro Kono

Dr. Shintaro Kono

Dr. Chikako Ozawa-de Silva

Dr. Chikako Ozawa-de Silva

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera

Ken Mogi

Prof. Gordon Mathews

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech

Rie Takeda

Dr. Iza Kavedzija

Tomoya Nakamura

Yohei Nakajima

Dr. Dean Fido

Dr. Dean Fido

Dr. Caitlin Kight

Dr. Katharina Stenger

Dr Holly Sugg

Dr. Holly Sugg

Theodore-Bonnah

Dr. Theodore-Bonnah

One my personal goals in writing this book is to return this beautiful concept back to original cultural context and move readers, who are familiar with or use the Venn diagram, from cultural appropriation to cultural appreciation.

- NICHOLAS KEMP ‧ AUTHOR

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Insights From Japan's Leading Ikigai Researchers

Many of the insights and perspectives that you’ll discover in this book are from guests on my podcast, The Ikigai Podcast, who graciously gave their time to share with me their authentic perspectives of ikigai. This includes the research and theories from two of Japan’s leading ikigai researchers, Professor Akihiro Hasegawa of Toyo Eiwa University and Dr Shinatro Kono of Alberta University, as well as words of wisdom from neuroscientist and author of The Little Book of Ikigai, Ken Mogi.

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Ikigai has become one of Japan's most misunderstood words and culturally appropriated concepts. It’s not a word from Okinawa. It’s not the Japanese secret to longevity. It's not a Venn diagram showing you how to find your bliss or become a successful entrepreneur. And it’s not the pursuit of a single life purpose. 

 And it is not the pursuit of a one life purpose. This book clears up these misconceptions and offers an authentic perspective of ikigai in the context of Japanese culture..

As a Japanologist and someone who has been fascinated with Japanese culture for half their life, lived in Japan for 10 years and loves the Japanese people and language, these misunderstandings have long been a source of personal frustration and what drove me to write this book. By writing this book, I hope to bring true expression to a concept that will make you feel that life is worth living. 

If you are to purchase my book, I ask you to let go of what you know about ikigai and start with a beginner’s mind and open yourself up to all the possibilities ikigai has to offer. If you can let go of your preconceived notions about Ikigai, it will make you open to a unique, multifaceted Japanese cultural concept that will make you feel that life is worth living. And that's what Ikigai is all about – living a life that feels meaningful and worthwhile. This is something that is important to understand now, that more than anything, ikigai involves your feelings. Ikigai is not something you chase or achieve. Ikigai is something you feel. Keep this in mind as you read through the pages of this book.


An Authentic Perspective

The purpose of this book is to share with you an authentic perspective, the Japanese perspective of what makes life feel worth living. This book was written to help you understand that ikigai isn’t something you chase, but rather something you feel. This book will contradict most of the content you’ll find on the web and in best selling books that claim ikigai is the secret to longevity and a concept from Okinawa. 

While pleasant to imagine, romanticising ikigai as a happy island lifestyle or the secret to longevity prevents us from discovering what ikigai truly is and how it plays into Japanese culture. As you will discover in this book, your ikigai can come from many areas - from the simple things in your day-to-day living, the connections in your social world, your hobbies, but also by facing and overcoming life’s most painful challenges.

- Nicholas Kemp ‧ Author

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