Ikigai by Hector Garcia Puigcerver


“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused wi...

Details Ikigai

Release DateApr 30th, 2016
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Philosophy, Cultural, Japan, Health, Personal Development, Psychology, Audiobook, Spirituality

Reviews Ikigai

  • Chris Chester
    I kind of feel bad panning this book, because I think helping people find their ikigai -- or their purpose in life -- is a worthwhile goal.The problem is, I have to think that the author and his publisher know that this book doesn't come anywhere close to achieving that goal.Instead, this book is a jumbled mess. It borrows heavily from the work of others, from Victor Frankl to the guys studying flow states, slaps on a thin veneer of received wisd...
  • Gabriela
    I could live with the fact that every idea about the Western approach to finding a purpose in life is taken from Frankl, Taleb and a few others. With no personal contribution from the authors. But to claim that you interviewed 100 people from Okinawa and to present your readers with no more than 5 pages of random (and in no way revealing, profound or even interesting) quotes from these interviews...that is just disrespectful. To the reader and to...
  • BookishDubai
    This book has nothing to do with Ikigai. Honestly it should've been titled How to Live a Long Life like an Okinawan.
  • 7jane
    The book's title is a little misleading: while it does talk about ikigai, it also talks about what things are connected to it, and the main point is on having a long, happy, healthy(ish) life, as seen from the (mostly) Okinawan way of life. The authors traveled to Ogimi, which is in Okinawa, Japan, and spent time there interviewing and observing the oldest people, who all seemed to have this ikigai (the reason to get up in the morning), a joy of ...
  • Nadia King
    I literally inhaled this book. Ikigai is a beautiful book about Japanese culture and discusses the secret to a long and happy life. If you're interested in Japanese culture and self-development this gorgeous book is for you. Just reading this had a calm and centering effect on me. "Happiness is always determined by your heart." 💙
  • Jasmin Martin
    I expected more but this book disappoints. It doesnt seem to follow a clear thread but rather jumps randomly around from one fact to another (which the authors thought relevant) such as stress and what it does to the body, and then short profiles on some of the longest lived persons on the planet. These don't have much to do with the Ogimi folk of Okinawa that the researchers were going to visit and interview. I though they were going to write ab...
  • Imogen
    Ikigai is a Japanese concept that translates to 'reason for being'. Until picking this book up on a whim (the cover was pretty, and I am easily sold on pretty books), I had never really heard of this idea, so this book acted as my introduction. The Good - This book was simply written and concise (for the most part), with little emphasis on flowery or pretentious writing, thus making for a quick and easy read.- The cover of this book is stunning. ...
  • Helen
    Meh. It's really just a recap of The Blue Zones of Happiness with emphasis on the Okinawa aspect. The quote I find most disconcerting, after reading the entire book, is "There is no perfect strategy to connecting with our ikigai"....but (what we learn from the Okinawans) is "don't worry too much about finding it." But then, in the next and final page, they say, "if you don't know what your ikigai is yet, as Viktor Frankl says, your mission is to ...
  • Rose
    Quick review for a quick read. I definitely like the concept of "ikigai" and looked forward to learning more about the concept based on the description this book gave. However, upon finishing this - I felt that some of the advice was helpful, but very generalized and unfocused in this book. You get tidbits of insight on Japanese culture here, but it's more in the eyes of the authors experiencing the culture than it is direct voicing from the cult...
  • Patrick Sherriff
    I just got my Japanese pension book in the mail today, but won't be able to use it for a good 20 years yet, so staying alive for a long time suddenly just became a bit more real for me: to get all my pension payments back I'll need to be around for a good 30 more years at least. And the advice presented here seems irrefutable: eat more fruit and veg; drink less alcohol; do a bit of exercise everyday; don't sweat the small stuff; don't sweat the b...
  • Siqahiqa
    Mixed feelings while reading this book. I believe the title and content is not matched. About 30% for the secret of Japanese people. The rest is all about other research findings. Nonetheless, this book makes me more understand and know about some concept even though it was not related to Japanese such as Logotherapy. Should read Epilogue only then. Overhyped. Yes.
  • thebookishbulletin
    The below review is as on https://thebookishbulletin.wordpress....Having read a good number of self-help books in the past and not being too inspired by any of them, I was kind of reluctant to pick this one up. But there was something so soothing and inviting about the cover-the depiction of Japanese cherry blossoms because of which I decided that maybe it was worth a shot. Believe me, I was not disappointed.Ikigai is a treasure trove of life’s...
  • Ezgi Tülü
    DNF @ 35%
  • Shhhhh Ahhhhh
    This isn't a bad book but it's not as informative as I hoped it would be. I didn't feel that an adequate job was done of fleshing out the titular concept. It read more like a sci pop piece (in the style of Gladwell, not Pinker or Diamond) mixed with an amateur's ethnography of a blue zone. I appreciate the smatterings of references to more dense material but felt that it was haphazardly weaved together. I don't feel like I've gotten a primer on t...
  • Chris
    Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy LifeIkigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. Examples include work, hobbies and raising chil...
  • Louise Garnier
    I'm so disappointed. I thought this would be an amazing book but actually it's a mess. I could see what the authors were trying to do but they could have done it in 40 pages or less. There were some contradictory thoughts, not to mention the amount of times the same ideia was repeated over and over. Most of the times the graphics were completely unnecessary, as the text is super simple and easy to understand. Also, the amount of information about...
  • Stella
    This is a short book with a mismash of ideas starting about finding one's purpose and how keeping active, having a social life within a community and having light work is the secret to longevity. However there was nothing new or insightful here, and towards the second half of the book there was just a description of different exercise forms e.g. tai chi, yoga; a weird section on NNT's book and concept Antifragile, and some quotes from centegerian...
  • Jenny Grant
    The last book I read on this topic was really inspiring and I couldn’t put it down. I was looking forward to reading this one and was woefully disappointed.It’s insipid, tedious and misses the point entirely.
  • Thomas Clairmont
    Ikigai 生き甲斐 is a Japanese term for "a reason for being." The word Ikigai usually refers to the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile.First of all, I wish I had enjoyed this book more since it was one of my most anticipated read for this new year. I had this idea in my head that this little book would be a life changing one and that I will be able to learn a lot of useful things. Unfortunately, it wasn...
  • Bjorn Lee
    Authors demonstrate a superficial understanding of the subject matter “ikigai” - it seems like they produced a nice Venn diagram and stopped there, resorting to name-dropping and sprinkling of the common consciousness tropes (eg flow state, meditation, stoicism) for the rest of the book. It was disjointed, incoherent and perhaps only useful if you want a quick skim of the topics of longevity & happiness from a Western perspective with shallow...
  • Vince Van Grootel
    Enjoyed reading the book. It gave me some good, smaller insights. The kind you need to re-read once in a while. Towards the end some topics were discribed in too much detail and therefore they were not that interesting. I would recommed the book, it's a light and interesting read.
  • KC
    This is a small. It powerful book filled with easy and obtainable goals. I've learned that I must achieve flow by giving up multi-tasking, slowing things down, living in the moment, and to breathe. Back to my sun salutations and meditations.
  • Felix Sun
    Only a small portion is actually about ikigai.
  • Piotr Szymański
    Some interesting remarks and a lot of fake science.
  • Nanya Srivastava
    Ikigai: the sweet spot where passion meets profession meets mission meets vocation. This book isn't about how you can find your ikigai , even though it does offer a few tips on finding your "flow" and maintaining it. This book is primarily about longevity, and contributing factors. So, do not pick it up if you think it will help you discover meaning in life.The district of Okinawa in Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. Apart from ...
  • Acordul Fin
    Ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:What you love (your passion)What the world needs (your mission)What you are good at (your vocation)What you can get paid for (your profession)This was a mess. Surface level, vague information that you can Google under 5 minutes and still learn more than this book has to offer. How can this claim to be about Japanese culture when it barely delves into it? The way this was put together make...
  • Daphne
    I liked the majority of this book but I was not enthused with the focus on Eastern exercise techniques (that chapter seemed too long). I found the stories about individuals and their own lives more interesting instead of the movement and breathing exercises. For me, I would like to know more about the longevity secrets of healthy nonagenarians and centenarians, not just the Japanese. Since I was listening to this I forgot the subtitle - The Japan...
  • Karen
    Maybe it was because I have read The Blue Zone, but this felt stale; nothing new.