The Way of Nagomi

The Japanese Philosophy of Finding Balance and Peace in Everything You Do

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Pub Date 03 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 02 Jan 2023

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Find balance and peace in every moment

Life is ephemeral and ever-changing; in Japan, it’s called ukiyo—“floating world.” How can we adapt to its fluctuations without being overcome? The answer is nagomi: a philosophy of balance—and the secret to a harmonious life. Neuroscientist Ken Mogi shares wisdom from Japanese history and culture to explain how nagomi can help you:
  • have happy relationships with loved ones who disagree
  • engage with the natural world without diminishing its beauty
  • strive for improvement while accepting imperfection
  • strike a balance to achieve calm.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a perfect bite of sushi—fresh fish, white rice, a hint of wasabi, maybe with a sip of sake—then you’ve already tasted what nagomi can achieve. Combining philosophy and advice, this book brings that balance into your health, work, relationships, and sense of self with nagomidoThe Way of Nagomi!
Find balance and peace in every moment

Life is ephemeral and ever-changing; in Japan, it’s called ukiyo—“floating world.” How can we adapt to its fluctuations without being overcome? The answer is ...

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This was a very beautiful book. I have never heard of Nagomi and was thoroughly thankful that this book was for beginners. There were also very lovely illustrations throughout which I really enjoyed!

A must have for anyone face “burn out” or needing some calm and peace in their home and lives!

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The Way of Nagomi: The Japanese Philosophy of Finding Balance and Peace in Everything You Do s an accessible guide for anyone craving calm and balance in all aspects of life. It is all about balance in life and the acceptance that good and bad, ups and down, fortune and misfortune must all exist in order to create the harmony we all desire. This is a feel good book aimed at everyone and shows us how to find balance in all aspects of life and in everything we do.

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If there's one thing that so many people in the world want is peace in their lives. After reading this book, i think I have found a way to achieve it.

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A great way to learn more about living a balanced life, from a Japanese perspective. I liked how the chapters were divided into each aspect of life, ie food, nature, social etc.

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This was an interesting book on Japanese culture. The themes of harmony and balance are explored from the specifically Japanese perspective. These concepts are also found in other cultures, of course, and the author is just a bit derisive of other cultures and what he might see as less harmonious societies. Overall, it was an interesting book that would be of most interest to those seeking to learn more about Japan.

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Such a simple and beautiful way of presenting information useful for every sector of our life to become calmer, more grounded, and happier. I highly recommend this little treasure!

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Great introductory work on the practice of Nagomi! Great for the metaphysical/philosophy section, will definitely be getting a copy for our growing collection. Think this will be popular in the same way that The Little Book of Hyggee was.

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Nagomi brings continuity and is an underlying basis of Japense culture according to Ken Mogi. Learning the deep rich history of the potent concept of nagomi that permeates every aspect of living. Harmony. Being at peace with one's self in a world full of differences and accepting others as they are. A concept that in a world full of political, religious, and social issues has worth of exploring in each of the individual chapters.

Each chapter focuses on a section of life. Mogi focuses on social, relationships, food, and others, with details as to how to embrace nagomi with our own lives in those areas. He brings us historical examples as well as those of modern Japan showing instead of telling.

Can we embrace nagomi in our lives? After reading this book, I believe the answer is a yes, and I look forward to embracing this concept.

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It can be hard to find a unique self-help book. I enjoyed the shift in perspective that this book encourages, looking at everything we encounter in life harmoniously. The more real-world, tangible examples of the concepts (such as the nagomi of food) were helpful in understanding the concepts more quickly.

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I've always been interested in other philosophies, and The Way of Nagomi sounded like a nice introduction to a way of life I had never heard of before. Specifically, nagomi as a way of creating a balance within your life through separate but connected aspects of life.

Ken Mogi breaks the philosophies of nagomi down into several key subjects such as self, relationships, life, and creativity. It was fascinating seeing how the philosophy of nagomi was interpreted through the lens of each of the aspects of one's life. But I also appreciated how the individual aspects were referenced in how they interconnected with everything else.

Each chapter was a very basic definition combined with lovely little illustrations, personal anecdotes, and additional historical context to further illustrate each subject. I was less interested in the personal memoir bits, and would have liked a much deeper dive into the historical formations.

Thank you to The Experiment and NetGalley for this ARC.

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I'm delighted when I knew Ken Mogi was writing another book after Ikigai. Because Ikigai is such a life changer for me, This book tells a different topic but shared a similar writing concept, which is very easy to read and understand.
I heard the concept of Nagomi for the first time when reading this book. Nagomi, in short, as the world changing so, do we. Nagomi is about accepting change and influence from the outside without losing our color. I learn many life lessons from Nagomi. Topics include: maintaining happy relationships, even in disagreement; learning new things while staying true to ourselves; finding peace in whatever we do; striking a harmonious balance, and achieving calm resonates with me.
It's a valuable book and very suitable to read in the New Year's vibe like now :)

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I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always had a thing for Japan and its culture and people. I have been reading a lot more things on it in the last few years. I have heard the word Nagomi before and I thought I understood it, but I was a bit off. This book helped me put the actual meaning better in my head and how to reach for myself. It is something that I will go back to when I need it.

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