Three popular books “Ikigai” by Héctor García (Kirai) and Francesc Miralles
  1. Ikigai-The Japanese Secret To a Long and Happy life
    Writers Héctor García (Kirai) and Francesc Miralles have published their first hit book, Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. The first book reveals the keys to motivation and longevity. Ikigai is a Japanese word without an accurate translation. Ikigai is the meaning of life or the reason for waking up every day and getting out of bed happily. The word is composed of iki (meaning “life” or “to be alive”) and gai (meaning “that which is valuable”). So a literal translation is “what is worth living for.” Every person wears some ikigai or even a few ikigai even if the person is not aware of it — according to the Japanese. The biggest goal any man can set is to follow and develop their own that you will share with others. Ikigai is a popular Japanese way of living and thinking today.
  2. Ikigai in practice
    Héctor García (Kirai) and Francesc Miralles also published a second handbook on Japanese millennial culture. This practical book is called “Ikigai in Practice” and helps to find the purpose and meaning of life.
    Ikigai means “reason for existence” or “passion of our life” translated from Japanese. People who have already found their own ikigai, additionally ikigai can be empowered to inspire all aspects of human existence. This book therefore suggests 35 stations in addition to practical exercises. Exercises allow you to discover, emphasize and put into action your own life purpose. The reader’s most important journey and adventure actually begins after he closes the book and goes over 35 key things again. Ikigai is a Japanese word without an accurate translation.
    The books “Ikigai – a Japanese secret for a long and happy life” and “Ikigai in practice” have been translated into 42 world languages. The authors shared with the world simple recipes for a happy life. They discover a new concept of ancient origin that can change the lives of millions of readers.
  3. Ichigo-ichie
    “Ichigo-ichie” is the third title of this well-established spiritual duo Héctor García (Kirai) and Francesco Miralles
    The term “ichigo-ichie” literally translated from Japanese means “for this moment”, and “once in a lifetime”. Such a popular Japanese way of thinking and living has spread all over the world. He says that every encounter, everything we experience, is a unique treasure that will never be repeated in the same way. The moment will be lost forever if we let the moment slip away without enjoying that special moment. Once we become aware of our own ichigo-ichie, every morning, every day, every thought and every moment spent with friends, family and with ourselves will be infinitely valuable and we will know that it deserves full attention.
    This ancient Japanese method of “the art of living in the moment” (on which the book is based) teaches how to get rid of the past and the future. So we can make every moment unique; how to bring to life the Zen that Steve Jobs learned from a Japanese teacher and that was key to his success; how to create unforgettable meetings in business and private environment; how to improve relationships using a new way of achieving focused mindfulness; and how to open the passage to the creative flow when we need it.
    The authors especially emphasize that each person has a key that opens the door to attention, harmony with others and love for life. That key is for ichigo-ichie.
    Héctor García (Kirai) was born in Valencia, Spain. He has lived in Tokyo since 2004. His website has more than a million views per month. It is also a world reference page on popular Japanese culture. Garcia is the author of “Geek in Japan” which has sold more than 100,000 copies.
    Francesc Miralles- lives in Barcelona. Miralles is a journalist dealing with topics in the field of psychology and spirituality. He publishes regularly in the weekly supplement El País Semanal and in personal development magazines. He is currently working on developing a method that combines logotherapy with ikigai culture. For the purpose of studying Japanese culture, the authors visited the village of Ogimi (Okinawa Island). Ogimi is a centenarian village. The authors conducted interviews with hundreds of elderly people who discovered and explained the secrets of a long and happy life.

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