Ikigai: The Japanese Secret To A Long And Happy Life – Book Review

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life – Book Review

You may have heard the name of an island in Japan where people live for hundred years happily. The name of the island is Okinawa Island. This is an island in the Pacific Ocean. One of the happiest and active people on earth live on this island. This island is famous for the word ‘Ikigai.’ This is a healthy way to live a happy worldly life. The people of this island follow this Ikigai method to live a life full of contentment. Most of these people live for hundred years and do not want to get retired till death. Even those who are eighty or ninety years old wake up every morning and get ready for their job.

People around the world noticed so many unique things about the people of this island and wanted to know how they’re doing it. People researched a lot about their lifestyle. And the most important thing that came out is ‘Ikigai.’ People of this island live their life following that Ikigai. Here in this article, I’ll be reviewing a book that explains what is Ikigai all about. The name of the book is Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia wrote this book.

About the Author

The book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” was written by two authors. Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia researched Ikigai and wrote this book to reveal the secrets of the people of Okinawa Island. The concept of Ikigai is a bit complex, but Francesc and Hector easily explained them in their book. Hector Garcia was born in Spain and wrote a lot of Japanese books, including this book.

Those are The Magic of Japan, Ikigai, the Japanese Secret for a Long and Happy Life, The Book of Ichigo Ichie, Shinrinyoku, The Ikigai Journey, and A Geek in Japan. Another author Francesc Miralles is also Spanish. He also wrote several books in his life. His book LOVE IN LOWERCASE that was translated into more than twenty languages.

Inside the Book

The book Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life was first published in April 2016. The book carries the formula of living of the people of Okinawa Island. This is a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. This book has 208 pages. This is a self-help book that helps people to live happy and satisfying life. This living formula is already being used by thousands and thousands of people in Okinawa and around the world.

This book has a full explanation of what is Ikigai is actually about and how you can also live a happy and satisfied life by following this method. First of all, let me explain the meaning of Ikigai. Some of you may have already heard about it.

What is Ikigai?

Ikigai is a Japanese word. The word Ikigai means ‘a reason for being’. In another word, you can say Ikigai means the purpose of life. According to the people of Okinawa, everyone has an Ikigai. Which means everyone has a purpose in their life. They have a reason for being in this world. Japanse thinks that everyone in the world has a purpose of serving. It means everyone has an Ikigai. But most of us do not know what our Ikigai is.

A Japanese proverb says that “Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” And you can only be active after eighty and ninety when you find the purpose of life. Finding things that you love to do and how the world needs you is a part of Ikigai. Explaining Ikigai and applying it in your life from only one article is hard.

You need to read the full book that has a brief discussion about the people of Okinawa, where people lives for hundred years. And they are the worlds longest living people. Not only living for hundred years meaninglessly, but they also have their own Ikigai, and they are happy and satisfied with their life too.


I have just reached the end of the article. I hope you got some idea about the book Ikigai. This book is also translated into many languages around the world. People liked the book and tried to find their own Ikigai after reading it. You can read this book to know more about Ikigai and know more about Okinawa Island people.

This book has a very decent rating in Google and also in Goodreads. The rating of this book in Google is 4.7 out of 5, and in Goodreads, people rated it 3.9 out of 5. Both show a very decent score and a sign of a good book. Hope you have liked this article and found it helpful. Put a comment below and let us know did you found your own Ikigai yet or not.


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