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Learn to make every moment a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this definitive guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie, from the bestselling authors of Ikigai. ‘Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for them’ (Marie Kondo) Every moment in our life happens only once, and if we let it slip away, we lose it forever-an idea captured by t Learn to make every moment a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this definitive guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie, from the bestselling authors of Ikigai. ‘Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for them’ (Marie Kondo) Every moment in our life happens only once, and if we let it slip away, we lose it forever-an idea captured by the Japanese phrase ichigo ichie. Often used to convey that the encounter is unique and special, it is a tenet of Zen Buddhism and is attributed to a sixteenth-century master of the Japanese tea ceremony, or ‘ceremony of attention’, whose intricate rituals compel us to focus on the present moment. From this age-old concept comes a new kind of mindfulness. In The Book of Ichigo Ichie, you will learn to use all five senses to anchor yourself in the present. Every one of us contains a key that can open the door to attention, harmony with others, and love of life. And that key is ichigo ichie.


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Learn to make every moment a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this definitive guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie, from the bestselling authors of Ikigai. ‘Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for them’ (Marie Kondo) Every moment in our life happens only once, and if we let it slip away, we lose it forever-an idea captured by t Learn to make every moment a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this definitive guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie, from the bestselling authors of Ikigai. ‘Ikigai urges individuals to simplify their lives by pursuing what sparks joy for them’ (Marie Kondo) Every moment in our life happens only once, and if we let it slip away, we lose it forever-an idea captured by the Japanese phrase ichigo ichie. Often used to convey that the encounter is unique and special, it is a tenet of Zen Buddhism and is attributed to a sixteenth-century master of the Japanese tea ceremony, or ‘ceremony of attention’, whose intricate rituals compel us to focus on the present moment. From this age-old concept comes a new kind of mindfulness. In The Book of Ichigo Ichie, you will learn to use all five senses to anchor yourself in the present. Every one of us contains a key that can open the door to attention, harmony with others, and love of life. And that key is ichigo ichie.

30 review for The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nadiah Razali

    5 things I learn from this book is: 1) Each experience is unique and can't be repeated in the same way. Live and appreciate the present moment. 2) Seize every moment and be an opportunist 3) Find your purpose of living, persevere and grow your passion. 4) What matter isn't how many more years we might live, but what we will do with the time we have left. 5) Be you. You are unique. Celebrate imperfection! 5 things I learn from this book is: 1) Each experience is unique and can't be repeated in the same way. Live and appreciate the present moment. 2) Seize every moment and be an opportunist 3) Find your purpose of living, persevere and grow your passion. 4) What matter isn't how many more years we might live, but what we will do with the time we have left. 5) Be you. You are unique. Celebrate imperfection!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zhuo Zhang

    It is an easy read, but needs some effort to apply the following to daily life. In general, be present and cherish the presence. Ten Rules of Ichigo Ichie 1. Don't postpone special moments 2. Live as if this were going to happen only once in your life 3. Dwell in the present 4. Do something you've never done before. 5. Practice zazen 6. Apply mindfulness to your five sense 7. Notice coincidences 8. Make every gathering a party. 9. If you don't like what there is, make something different. 10. Be a hunter o It is an easy read, but needs some effort to apply the following to daily life. In general, be present and cherish the presence. Ten Rules of Ichigo Ichie 1. Don't postpone special moments 2. Live as if this were going to happen only once in your life 3. Dwell in the present 4. Do something you've never done before. 5. Practice zazen 6. Apply mindfulness to your five sense 7. Notice coincidences 8. Make every gathering a party. 9. If you don't like what there is, make something different. 10. Be a hunter of special moments Also I am also very interested in some of the books mentioned in this book: The Dice Man The Red Notebook The New York Trilogy The Magus In Search of Lost Time High Fidelity The Doomsday Conspiracy The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucas1234

    Great book and easy to read!! Very inspiring and useful to live our life with mindfulness. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I wish that I had words to express just how much I adored this book. Reading this book is like taking a breath of fresh air, and I'm not kidding when I say I felt zen in every single way as I made my way through this book. And I can only imagine that our reality would be a lovely place to live in if only everyone practised the concept of ichigo ichie. I wish that I had words to express just how much I adored this book. Reading this book is like taking a breath of fresh air, and I'm not kidding when I say I felt zen in every single way as I made my way through this book. And I can only imagine that our reality would be a lovely place to live in if only everyone practised the concept of ichigo ichie.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Falina

    A cute little book that inspires/instructs in how and why to focus on the present moment. The writing is soothing, and even though I've read many books on mindfulness, I found some useful bits to take away. A cute little book that inspires/instructs in how and why to focus on the present moment. The writing is soothing, and even though I've read many books on mindfulness, I found some useful bits to take away.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    It's probably too late for me to start learning Japanese, but it's at the top of my list if I end up in Language School in heaven. I'm fascinated with languages. I'm especially fascinated with words in languages that do not appear to have a good equivalent in English. One of these words is ichigo ichie. I ran across ichigo ichie last week in a book called, appropriately, The Book of Ichigo Ichie. I'm fascinated with ideas about happiness, and ichigo ichie is a word that centers on happiness. It is It's probably too late for me to start learning Japanese, but it's at the top of my list if I end up in Language School in heaven. I'm fascinated with languages. I'm especially fascinated with words in languages that do not appear to have a good equivalent in English. One of these words is ichigo ichie. I ran across ichigo ichie last week in a book called, appropriately, The Book of Ichigo Ichie. I'm fascinated with ideas about happiness, and ichigo ichie is a word that centers on happiness. It is a Japanese word that means the art of making the most of every moment, and that's what this little book is all about. The authors begin by reminding us that life is impermanent. My wonderful friend Diana passed away this week. She was my age. I know that life is impermanent. The authors share the secrets they have found for making the most of every moment from the Japanese---paying attention...listening...looking...touching...tasting...smelling...returning to now...being mindful...slowing down. Here I go. I'm making the most of every moment. Starting now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kees

    Definitely again a great book by this lovely duo of authors. I would recommend anyone to read it, but I would recommend the previous books of this series even more. There comes my only problem with the book, it doesn’t give much more information that isn’t already mentioned in the previous books. Most subjects that are in this book were already in the other books, it’s still very nice to read, and on some subjects it gives new insights. So for anyone who’s read the previous books I would recommend t Definitely again a great book by this lovely duo of authors. I would recommend anyone to read it, but I would recommend the previous books of this series even more. There comes my only problem with the book, it doesn’t give much more information that isn’t already mentioned in the previous books. Most subjects that are in this book were already in the other books, it’s still very nice to read, and on some subjects it gives new insights. So for anyone who’s read the previous books I would recommend to read it, as light reading because you know most of it already. For new readers of Hesse authors I would recommend reading the other books, especially the first 2 before reading this one, they’re better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sendhilkumar Alalasundaram

    A minimalistic text on a tenet of Zen philosophy that emphasizes living, celebrating, and treasuring every moment by embracing the impermanence. I find myself with a lot of questions after reading, which may indicate incompleteness of the book, or the answers are to be discovered through self-reflection and practice of the art.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sparky Jo

    Tired of those self help books on how to create a better you? Interested more in how to make your moments with other people count as well? Then step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen because do I have the book for you! Ichigo (which also means strawberry but is irrelevant here) Ichie, is a book about making each meeting with someone into something special, realizing that that moment will never happen again, regardless of how many times you might still see that person! Each interaction is unique and ea Tired of those self help books on how to create a better you? Interested more in how to make your moments with other people count as well? Then step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen because do I have the book for you! Ichigo (which also means strawberry but is irrelevant here) Ichie, is a book about making each meeting with someone into something special, realizing that that moment will never happen again, regardless of how many times you might still see that person! Each interaction is unique and each should be celebrated in it's own unique way for it's own unique, well uniqueness! It's a cheerful little book that wants you, and your guests, friends, family, heck the garbage man that smells like funky banana but boy can he make you laugh, for all of you to enjoy your experiences together! Very recommended for business people, grouchy people who want to change, and the average bloke on the street who feels he needs more out of life then just Hi and Bye!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jigar Parikh

    I listened to this beautiful audiobook and I loved it. They are the author of the bestseller International book Ikigai. I have loved the previous one and thus I was keen to read this one. And the book was as per the expectation. Ichigo Ichie is a famous Japanese term which tells you the importance of each moment, every single moment is unique and will never be repeated. So live the moment and learn to enjoy the present. The author has used small stories and different analogies to explain this conce I listened to this beautiful audiobook and I loved it. They are the author of the bestseller International book Ikigai. I have loved the previous one and thus I was keen to read this one. And the book was as per the expectation. Ichigo Ichie is a famous Japanese term which tells you the importance of each moment, every single moment is unique and will never be repeated. So live the moment and learn to enjoy the present. The author has used small stories and different analogies to explain this concept. And I am in love with the Japanese culture. Hope to visit Japan one day. So my take: A must read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Ichigo Ichie literally means "Once, a meeting" or "In this moment, an opportunity." It means we should cherish everything we experience as if it were a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Treat every meeting like it is the first and the last and enjoy every encounter to the fullest. Because it may not come to us again. Really enjoyed the book as the concept is very thought provoking. Ichigo Ichie literally means "Once, a meeting" or "In this moment, an opportunity." It means we should cherish everything we experience as if it were a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Treat every meeting like it is the first and the last and enjoy every encounter to the fullest. Because it may not come to us again. Really enjoyed the book as the concept is very thought provoking.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    This was an intensely calming book.  Focusing on the moment, keeping your emotions in check, and taking time to really listen, The Book of Ichigo Ichie suggests that in the midst of this fast-paced, consumer-based society, it is more than worth it to take a breath and honor this one moment.  I tend to live in the future and the past, so this book was a great reminder to really just take it all in, right here and now.  To try to find contentment, to not want for more.  I think I'll be taking a lo This was an intensely calming book.  Focusing on the moment, keeping your emotions in check, and taking time to really listen, The Book of Ichigo Ichie suggests that in the midst of this fast-paced, consumer-based society, it is more than worth it to take a breath and honor this one moment.  I tend to live in the future and the past, so this book was a great reminder to really just take it all in, right here and now.  To try to find contentment, to not want for more.  I think I'll be taking a lot of lessons from this book and applying them to my own life--the authors preach a kind of living and lifestyle that I myself want to achieve but am having a hard time doing, personally.   What I also appreciated about this book was their glimpse into other spiritualities and ways of living, showing that there's no "one way" to adhere to ichigo ichie, but in fact many different ways that intersect in order to create a zen, simplistic, and peaceful life. I'd definitely recommend this to those who find enlightenment in Marie Kondo's works--find what sparks joy in your life and find that joy in a single moment. Review cross-listed here!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Harshita Vyas

    Read it in hard copy ... you would love it... this is a book to keep and to revisit once in a while :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    Considering the instant gratification and distractions in modern life, it is no wonder that many people around the world turn to the eastern culture on their practices in order to obtain peace, purpose and fulfilment in their lives. The book itself is beautiful, so zen and simplistic. Together with a bit of research, we learn more and more about Japanese tactics to grasp the moment and to make it memorable. Some parts of the book gave me the impression that the writers had to lengthen the conten Considering the instant gratification and distractions in modern life, it is no wonder that many people around the world turn to the eastern culture on their practices in order to obtain peace, purpose and fulfilment in their lives. The book itself is beautiful, so zen and simplistic. Together with a bit of research, we learn more and more about Japanese tactics to grasp the moment and to make it memorable. Some parts of the book gave me the impression that the writers had to lengthen the content but it was a terrific portrayal of how to live in the moment and I learnt about so many practices that I could incorporate into my life to embrace the idea of Ichigo Ichie.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda Bond

    Given all the anger and fury assaulting our sensibilities every day, I’m nor surprised that many of us are turning to the Japanese culture for guidance in securing a little peace and quiet. In this attractive little book based on a Zen tenet, we’re led toward the idea of being truly present in each moment. You will want to add this to your growing library of thoughtful books, and to practice a new-found method for aligning your spirit with the peaceful flow of life. This is another little gem fr Given all the anger and fury assaulting our sensibilities every day, I’m nor surprised that many of us are turning to the Japanese culture for guidance in securing a little peace and quiet. In this attractive little book based on a Zen tenet, we’re led toward the idea of being truly present in each moment. You will want to add this to your growing library of thoughtful books, and to practice a new-found method for aligning your spirit with the peaceful flow of life. This is another little gem from the folks who brought us Ikigai and the idea of forest bathing. Enjoy… I met this book at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA

  16. 5 out of 5

    Devendra Nagle

    The message of the book is to live in the present. It's a very easy read and I didn't find it too preachy. It has got some interesting examples of Japanese culture's peculiarities like Tea-ceremony, National Cherry Blossom Festival, etc. Reading this book felt like sipping a Hot Matcha Tea on a wintery afternoon. "Every moment is unique" = Ichigo Ichie PS: I have not read Ikigai by the same author. The message of the book is to live in the present. It's a very easy read and I didn't find it too preachy. It has got some interesting examples of Japanese culture's peculiarities like Tea-ceremony, National Cherry Blossom Festival, etc. Reading this book felt like sipping a Hot Matcha Tea on a wintery afternoon. "Every moment is unique" = Ichigo Ichie PS: I have not read Ikigai by the same author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    LITTLE LOSER

    Ichigo Ichie helped me so much changing my mindset. Update (2021): It only lasted for the afternoon i finished the book lol but i will try again

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Really lovely look at Japanese culture and thought. Reminded me a lot of “The Little Book of Hygge” which I adored.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie Bestry

    The small, charming book by two writers from Spain looks at the Japanese concept of ichigo itchie in a way that can easily be understood by Westerners with little experience in Zen Buddhism. The authors' tone bridges the gap between the in-your-face "how to" approach of western writing and the more gentle, evocative style of eastern writing, particular Buddhist writing, to make the work approachable. Ichigo ichie is focused on the lovely impermance in the small moments of life, but particularly t The small, charming book by two writers from Spain looks at the Japanese concept of ichigo itchie in a way that can easily be understood by Westerners with little experience in Zen Buddhism. The authors' tone bridges the gap between the in-your-face "how to" approach of western writing and the more gentle, evocative style of eastern writing, particular Buddhist writing, to make the work approachable. Ichigo ichie is focused on the lovely impermance in the small moments of life, but particularly those unexpected moments, like a conversation with a "new" friend, a seatmate on an airplane, or a cosy dinner conversation with a friend. The people may be the same or different, the venue the same or different, but the magic of the moment is always something new, never to be relived or recaptured. The authors present many Japanese concepts (kaika, when a realization blossoms within us; mankai, the transformative unfolding of what kaika brings to our awareness) and keystone experiences (the blossoming of cherry trees as a significant moment in time across Japan, the tea ceremony) to help elevate ideas for living a more mindful, enriched life. The anecdotes and koans are memorable, the older stories refreshed and the new ones delightful. This is not a guidebook, but more an introduction to ideas of how mindfulness, the realization that time and individual experiences are fleeting, the embrace of how special the moment, the place, and the people are at any given time. The only aspect of the book that I didn't love was what probably makes it good. There's an ethereal nature, common in most books about eastern philosophies, even when they delve into the practical. Few books like this are as grounded as this one, but I still felt that it was slightly disorganized as we moved from topic to topic, sometimes logically, but sometimes without an organic connection. And, I will admit, the unfamiliar words seemed to drift from my memory as soon as a few pages were turned, such that I would have loved if the dozen-and-a-half or so Japanese words and concepts had been briefly defined on a flyleaf or front page of the book, just to keep from having to flip back and forth to make sure I'd not misconstrued the message. I suspect I should have read García' and Miralles' Ikigai first, but I am pleased to have read this book now. It's approachable for all, has none of the pushiness or judgment of books on minimalism, mindfulness, or philosophical approaches to life that I've been reading lately. That two western men captured these eastern concepts with gentle clarity is an achievement worthy of praise.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben Rogers

    Excellent read. A happy book to read during the current HEATWAVE of 40 degrees Celsius! Another life changing read. Such a wonderful philosophy: Carpe diem meets momento Mori. And chaos meets experience. Would reread! 4.6/5

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Although I appreciated the little tidbits of cultural information, it lowkey felt imposing. I feel like how one be present is subjective, here they make it sound like I have to be *this* or a certain way in order to consider myself present. Idk if that even made sense but it is what it isss 🥱

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samarth

    The title mostly sums up the content and it come's up to the expectations. Loved Hector Garcia's writing style. A great and easy read. The title mostly sums up the content and it come's up to the expectations. Loved Hector Garcia's writing style. A great and easy read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    A short but good reminder of tips to live in the present. Some great anecdotes

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha U

    Easy, quick and soothing read. If you want to read a self-help book, it has to be brief and the one that doesn’t blabber on and on and is regurgitating the same idea in the 200 plus pages. I don’t care about the tea but the whole idea of the Ichigo Ichie and the Japanese tea party, which is as meditative as it could be is enjoying the moment, is very appealing. They say, enjoy each meeting as if it is the last one and even if it is not, you won’t be able to recreate the same thing again. So each Easy, quick and soothing read. If you want to read a self-help book, it has to be brief and the one that doesn’t blabber on and on and is regurgitating the same idea in the 200 plus pages. I don’t care about the tea but the whole idea of the Ichigo Ichie and the Japanese tea party, which is as meditative as it could be is enjoying the moment, is very appealing. They say, enjoy each meeting as if it is the last one and even if it is not, you won’t be able to recreate the same thing again. So each meeting and its memory is a unique experience. It stresses upon unplugging from your past or future and to enjoy the present. It was an engaging read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Jarrett

    Ichigo Ichie: what we are experiencing now will never happen again...It's not exactly seize the day, but rather honor the present moment, this day, this encounter. The authors have given us a most interesting, succinct and memorable gift of Japanese serenity and clues to a rich life. Ichigo Ichie is a remarkable balance of head and heart, both sides of the brain, and awareness of our inner and outer world. May you honor our meeting... Ichigo Ichie: what we are experiencing now will never happen again...It's not exactly seize the day, but rather honor the present moment, this day, this encounter. The authors have given us a most interesting, succinct and memorable gift of Japanese serenity and clues to a rich life. Ichigo Ichie is a remarkable balance of head and heart, both sides of the brain, and awareness of our inner and outer world. May you honor our meeting...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chels Patterson

    This is a really amazing book. It's not preachy but give good tools to create a positive life. It says if you know how to use the right wrapping the present will be a great present. It is an easy read with, many ideas, such as a date with oneself. It also has interesting stories or history of Ichigo Ichie This is a really amazing book. It's not preachy but give good tools to create a positive life. It says if you know how to use the right wrapping the present will be a great present. It is an easy read with, many ideas, such as a date with oneself. It also has interesting stories or history of Ichigo Ichie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    Too little of one thing, too much of everything

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    By the same authors as Ikigai, a book I fully enjoyed. So I thought I would also read this one, as I am in a Japanese mood. The authors are Spanish, but they have been living in Japan for at least 10 years. I think this book is excellent if you feel part of the rat race, and you need to rediscover peace in your everyday life, and have no religion upbringing. My full review is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/02/16/... By the same authors as Ikigai, a book I fully enjoyed. So I thought I would also read this one, as I am in a Japanese mood. The authors are Spanish, but they have been living in Japan for at least 10 years. I think this book is excellent if you feel part of the rat race, and you need to rediscover peace in your everyday life, and have no religion upbringing. My full review is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/02/16/...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valeria Munguia

    As someone who lives in the future alottttt this book was a nice refresher in reminding me to appreciate the present and those around me in moments that will never happen again. New Years resolution, practice ichigo ichie🥳

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna O'Donnell

    LOVED this book. Makes you appreciate each moment for the chance meeting that is is and makes you question how present we are in our everyday lives.

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