10 must-know Japanese concepts that will improve your life.

Thursday, 30 Mar 2023

There is certainly a great deal to be learnt from every culture and this week, I include an article someone handed to me recently. It certainly contains some beautiful thoughts and concepts.

#1: Oubaitori

  • Never compare yourself.
  • Everyone blossoms in their own time in different ways.
  • Don't judge yourself by someone else's path.

#2: Kaizen

  • Continuously improve.
  • Constantly strive to improve across all areas of your life.
  • Small changes accumulate and make all the difference.

#3: Wabi-sabi

  • Embrace imperfection.
  • Nothing lasts, nothing is complete.
  • Accept your own flaws and those of others.
  • Find beauty in imperfection.

#4: Mottainai

  • Don't be wasteful.
  • Everything deserves respect and gratitude.
  • Recognize the value in what's around you and don't waste it.
  • #5: Gaman
  • Have dignity during duress.
  • Hard times need to be met with emotional maturity and self-control.
  • We need patience, perseverance, and tolerance.

#6: Yuugen

  • Appreciate mysterious beauty.
  • Often we FEEL the beauty in an object without it being stunning to look at.
  • Discover subtle beauty beyond aesthetics. Experience something words cannot describe.

#7: Ikigai

  • Know your reason for being.
  • Define the reason you get up in the morning.
  • Make it something you are good at, passionate about, and that the world needs.
  • This is meaning.

#8: Shikita ga nai

  • Accept and let go.
  • Some things simply aren't within our control.
  • Accept what you cannot change and move on.

#9: Kintsugi

  • Repair cracks with gold.
  • Imperfections are a thing of beauty.
  • The journeys we all take are golden.
  • Our flaws are embellishments that make us more beautiful.
  • #10: Omoiyari

  • Show consideration for others
  • Life is better when we care for others
  • Be thoughtful. Build compassion.






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