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生き甲斐 : Ikigai

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”, “the reason to live”, your raison d’être.


Morning mist. Mountains of Anhui, China.

In the culture of Okinawa, Ikigai is thought of as “your reason to wake up in the morning”, your reason to enjoy life.

So, have you found your Ikigai? What makes you get up in the morning?


“Children think about it. It’s one of the great wonders of life. What will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? And if you think long enough about that, something will happen to you. You will find out, among other things, it will pose the next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep? That was when you were born.”

– Alan Watts