• Sushma Ramesh

Book review- ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Book by Hector Garcia and Fransesc

Updated: Jul 26, 2020


Hello all, how’s the fall season treating you all? I am so in love with this sweatery weather and cozy reading! today i will be reviewing one of the much hyped philosophical books of 2019. read on to know more about the book and my thoughts on the same!.. 🙂




  1. Book Name: ikigai-The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

  2. Authors: Hector Garcia and Fransesc Miralles

  3. Publishers: Penguin random house

  4. price: 499 INR

  5. Available on: Amazon and Flipkart


Blurb of the Book:

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump 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 give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.


Bring meaning and joy to your every day with ikigai.


About the authors:


Héctor García (Author) Héctor García is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of Spain, where he was born. He is the author of several books about Japanese culture, including two worldwide bestsellers, A Geek in Japan and Ikigai. A former software engineer, he worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan.


Francesc Miralles (Author) Francesc Miralles is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of books about how to live well, together with the novels Love in Small Letters and Wabi-Sabi.

Alongside Héctor García, he was welcomed to Okinawa in Japan, where the inhabitants live for longer than in any other place in the world. There they had the chance to interview more than a hundred villagers about their philosophy for a long and happy life.

My take on the book:


The book is about the life of Okinawan people in Japan and about how they lead a simple life and find ikigai for their life. for those of you who don’t know what ikigai means, it roughly gets translated to ‘a reason for being’, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and meaning and a feeling of well-being. The word derives from iki, meaning life and kai, meaning the realization of hopes and expectations. i am usually not the person attracted to self-help book but I still added it to my TBR and picked it up for my October read. I liked how the book narrates the life of Japanese and their thoughts on life. the depiction was little slow-paced to my taste but it still kept me hooked on! all that is left for me now is to put in practice what I have learnt in this book. 🙂 I would recommend this books for a one-time read if you are starting with this genre as it has so much to offer and it has some good takeaways and lessons to learn about life!


Overall ratings: * * * 1/2


will i recommend this book?


Yes If you are looking for some self -help books as a beginner!


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