Ikigai is a Japanese concept that refers to what gives a person a sense of purpose and motivation in life. Ikigai means having a sense of purpose and motivation in life. According to Michiko Kumano’s research, the Japanese term “Ikigai” refers to the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that people get from pursuing their passions. Activities that create a sense of ikigai are not forced up on individuals, but are voluntary and willingly undertaken.
About the Book
It was a rainy night in Tokyo when this book first appeared to the world. The capitals of Barcelona and Japan are thousands of kilometers apart. Then a mutual acquaintance contacted us and the friend ship that led to this project began.
A year later, we were strolling through a park in downtown Tokyo, discussing Western psychology, especially Logo therapy, which helps people find their purpose in life. We talked about how Viktor Frankl’s Logo therapy had fallen into disuse among practicing therapists who preferred other schools of psychology, but that people were still searching for meaning in their actions and lives. We ask ourselves:
What is the meaning of my life? Is it simply to live longer or should I seek a higher purpose? Why is it that some people know what they want and have a passion for life, while others languish in confusion? At one point in our conversation, the curious word “Ikigai” came up.
Roughly translated, this Japanese concept is “the happiness of being busy all the time,” a kind of logo therapy, but taken a step further. This is especially true in Okinawa, where 24.55 people per 100,000 population are100 year sold or older, far above the world average.