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Ikigai & Other Japanese Words to Live By
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Mari Fujimoto Simon Winchester
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Ikigai & Other Japanese Words to Live By

Mari Fujimoto Simon Winchester Michael Kenna



Language: reference & general;


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Introducing and explaining some of the most poignant Japanese words, Ikigai is a lifestyle as well as a language book. From the wistful poetry of mono-no-aware, a word that asks us to recognize the bittersweet transience of all things, to the quiet harmony of wa, which knits together all of society's structures, this book is an introduction to the intricacies and value of Japanese phrases and concepts. It hopes to inspire you to incorporate these words into your own lifestyle and adopt a more mindful attitude to life's stresses, seeking meaning beyond materialism.

In addition to over 40 `words to live by', Ikigai features musings on the place of beauty, community, time and nature in Japanese thought, teaching mindfulness by way of compelling haikus, and illustrated by Michael Kenna's reflective photography throughout.

By:   Mari Fujimoto
Photographs by:   Michael Kenna
Foreword by:   Simon Winchester
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781911130888
ISBN 10:   1911130889
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mari Fujimoto is the Director of Japanese Studies at Queens College, New York and teaches all levels of Japanese language and linguistics. She believes that language learning is the first step towards the understanding of a culture. David Buchler is a South African artist who lives and works in Tokyo. A photographer, illustrator and writer, his art takes inspiration from Japanese culture.

' [Ikigai] is a beautifully presented oasis of calm in a frenetic world. I thought it represented katachi (the direct connection between the beauty in the creator's soul and the object of their craft) flawlessly and I loved it. ' - Linda's BookBag ' [Michael Kenna's photographs] are an excellent compliment to the text and succeed in making Ikigai a beautiful book visually as well as literally. ' - Madam J-Mo ' This book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Michael Kenna...I often mentally take one of these pictures and focus on it during my meditation. ' - CountryWives ' There's something about this small but perfectly formed little book which really appeals to all the senses. Firstly, it's just the right size to hold comfortably and the beauty of its cover draws the eye...Ikigai is warm and gentle, thought provoking and enlightening and a real oasis of calm in a sometimes deeply troubled world. ' - Jaffa Reads Too ' In the busy world, we live in today, this is a very special book. ' - The Book Trail ' The book reinforces the benefit that understanding words particular to different languages can bring: we can see the world in two different ways, holding both viewpoints simultaneously. ' - Fiona Macdonald, BBC Culture

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