Mari Fujimoto is the Director of Japanese Studies at Queens
College, New York and teaches all levels of Japanese language and
linguistics. She believes that language learning is the first step
towards the understanding of a culture.
David Buchler is a South African artist who lives and works in Tokyo. A photographer, illustrator and writer, his art takes inspiration from Japanese culture.
'"The book reinforces the benefit that understanding words
particular to different languages can bring: we can see the world
in two different ways, holding both viewpoints simultaneously." ' -
Fiona Macdonald, BBC Culture
'"In the busy world, we live in today, this is a very special book." ' - The Book Trail
'"There's something about this small but perfectly formed little book which really appeals to all the senses. Firstly, it's just the right size to hold comfortably and the beauty of its cover draws the eye...Ikigai is warm and gentle, thought provoking and enlightening and a real oasis of calm in a sometimes deeply troubled world." ' - Jaffa Reads Too
'"This book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Michael Kenna...I often mentally take one of these pictures and focus on it during my meditation." ' - CountryWives
'"[Michael Kenna's photographs] are an excellent compliment to the text and succeed in making Ikigai a beautiful book visually as well as literally." ' - Madam J-Mo
'"[Ikigai] is a beautifully presented oasis of calm in a frenetic world. I thought it represented katachi (the direct connection between the beauty in the creator's soul and the object of their craft) flawlessly and I loved it."' - Linda's BookBag