My Rating: 4.5/5
Erin Niimi Longhurst’s Japonisme is a stunning book with a unique insight into Japanese culture. Longhurst draws on her experience as a half-Japanese woman who has lived most of her life in the West, while keeping strong roots in the East, to share Japanese wisdom in a way that is accessible and approachable to the English speaking audience.
The book is divided into 3 sections, Kokoro (The heart and mind), Karada (The Body), and Shukanka (Forming the habit). In each section Longhurst shares lessons on finding purpose, accepting the beauty in the imperfect, appreciating nature, being mindful, and nourishing your body. She often shares personal stories to accompany topics, as well and delicious sounding recipes and tips.
I am a huge fan of Japan, and this book provided me a little more insight as well as guidance on implementing some of their ideas into my own life. We sometimes hear terms like wabi-sabi, Kintsugi, or ikigai thrown around, but it’s nice to dig a little deeper and hear about them being applied to real-life situations.
The layout of this book is utterly gorgeous, with beautiful quotes, photographs, and illustrations by Ryo Takemasa. I am so happy I picked up the hardback edition, and I am adding it to my permanent book collection.
For those with a love of Japan, mindfulness, or minimalism, this is a great read and one that I highly recommend.
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