Full-Day Workshop in London

💮Next workshop in London💮

I am very excited to inform you about the next workshop in London 2020. This is a special full-day workshop takes place at the art studio in Bethnal Green. One can sign up for a full-day workshop or one of the workshops. See the link and info below.

•Program 1 : SUMIE ink painting / 11.30-14.30
•Program 2 : SHODO calligraphy / 15.30-18.30
(Pro workshop £58 / Full-Day £105 /*Student concession available)

All levels are welcome!
Happy Practice!
Rie

💮次回のロンドンのワークショップのお知らせ💮
4月17日にBethnal Greenのスタジオで一日ワークショップをします。両方でも一つのワークショップだけでも申し込み可能です。
•墨絵11時半-14時半
•書道15時半-18時半

インフォ→https://shodocalligraphy.com/london-full-day-workshop1.html

 

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A full day of creative and meditative workshops with Rie Takeda

• SUMIE Ink Painting Workshop from 11.30 to 14.30 
• SHODO Calligraphy Workshop from 15.30 to 18.30

Next date : Friday, 17. April 2020 in Bethnal Green, London

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Learning mindfulness and creative reflection through Japanese calligraphy and ink painting. This special full-day workshop takes place in the art studio in Bethnal Green, London. One can sign up and book for a full-day workshop or one of the workshops.

Experience in Japanese calligraphy or ink painting, art skills are not necessary. Each participant from beginner to advanced level as well as professionally interested are welcome to discover and experience the essence of Shodo the art of Japanese calligraphy and the art of ink painting.

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The Participants can learn to focus on bringing the balance of mind and body together as well as one’s individual mindfulness process by special designed practices. So students can learn little by little how to concentrate on their own Qi-energy flow, conduct and apply it with brush and ink onto paper. Very meditative and self-reflecting process. A full day of mindfulness art workshops. 

 Teacher: Rie Takeda 

 Date: Friday, 17. April 2020

 Place: 249 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 0EL, United Kingdom * see the map below

 Full-Day Workshop : 11:30 to 18:30 (with tea breaks) 

     Program 1. Sumie Ink Painting / 11.30-14.30 Info

     Program 2. Shodo Calligraphy / 15.30-18.30 Info

 Fee: £105,- (With Student Card: £100,-) for a full-day

     If you book one of them / Fee: £58,- (With Student Card: £52,-) pro Workshop

 Utensils, Materials and Texts: all inclusive and prepared

 Maximal: 15 Personen

 Level: all levels-Beginner to Advanced level and Professionally interested

 Language: English ( Japanese/German also possible ) 

 Please sign up and book your place here with Eventbrite/Full-Day-SHODO+SUMIE

Or make a full payment via Paypal ( rie@takeda-art.com )

(!After the payment is done, the registration is confirmed, you will get a confirmation mail)

 More info : Shodo Workshop in London

 Rie Takeda’s original Mindfulness-Method and her concept of teaching SHODO calligraphy is focused on :

  • mind and body connection
  • discovering individual inner quality and peace
  • “hands-on” guidance
  • inner balance
  • “Here and Now” momentum flow
  • mindfulness process
  • de-stressing the body tension
  • conscious breathing
  • raising Qi(energy) flow and awareness

 

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⭕️Message for my London/U.K.based students and Master class students, please bring your SEISHO pieces and latest technical practices with you. So I can check the current stages and suggest the new inputs, Thanks!

New dates in London for summer, autumn, winter 2020 will be updated soon, thank you!    

Happy Practice!

Arigato

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Kotobuki 寿 long life

Over the last 20+ years, through my exhibitions, events, art projects, courses and workshops, I’ve met so many interesting mindful people in Europe and also Japan.

My pages and SNS have connected me with people all over the world. I’m so grateful to have both sides of artistic skills. Thanks to my two passions – calligraphy and painting. Without them I would not have discovered my own style of art form Neo-Japonism, nor created the unique Painted Poem series.

The poem shown here is a total inspiration-circle of calligraphy/ brush movements synchronised with our ways of life. 

© RIE TAKEDA

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 “ KOTOBUKI – A long joyful life ”

( accompanying poem )
休みなき道
休みなく寿
流れて 飛んで
回って 沈んで
ぬいて はらってとめ 
くるっと上へ 又のぼる
長く ゆっくり のぼってく

A restless journey
A non-stop Kotobuki-life
Flow to fly
Turn to sink
Pull to sweep – and stop –
Circle around to the above and swim up
Long and slow – we are going up again

KOTOBUKI 2010
LIMITED EDITION is available at the moment at the Sway Gallery, London till 18th March

http://london.sway-gallery.com/

70-72 OLD STREET,

LONDON EC1V 9AN

+44 (0)20-7253-5851

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Exhibition in London

I am back in London for my solo exhibition at the Sway Gallery!

If you are based in London/UK,

Please come and visit!

The show goes till the 18th March.

A short film “visual calligraphy” is shown at the exhibition.

•video teaser;

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

From Winter冬 to Spring 春

From Winter to Spring!

Thank you to all who came to the Shodo workshop.

We had already beautiful spring texts.

Loads of -clear sky-sun lights-Peach festival- breath- heartfulness.

Compliment on your mindfulness process and high concentration!

I am happy to show you the art of Shodo.

Arigato!

A student of mine brought me some tasty Anpans from Hiro-Takahashi, Zürich-

Was all soooo yummy!

Gochisousama!

冬から春へと書道のお手本もやっと季節が変わりました。雪解け水を意識つつ、白梅、寒梅で春の目覚めを感じます。ロンドンの展示会の準備や絵の注文で猫の手も借りたいこの頃ですが、授業やワークショップで書道という芸術/文化に興味を持ち学びたいという人達のために、自分なりの効果的メソッドを長年色々試して研究してきてよかったと感じる事が増えてきました。もっとそのメソッドを深くカテゴリー化していきたいです。今後もよりたくさんの方々にこの芸術の魅力を紹介していけたら嬉しい限り。感謝して自分も常に精進しなくっちゃ!

All wonderful works from the participants

And I would like to share some Winter snaps just to say “good bye” to the season.

❄️Calligraphy-ing on snow “with our finger-brushes.

It only lasts the moment…either way neither way.

I just can not help doing calligraphy on this beautiful paper like snow.

やっと降りてきた突然の雪。衝動を抑えきれず、冷たいとはわかってても 指で書かずにはいられない、、、 。

雪 YUKI/Snow in Kanji

ゆき YUKI/Snow in Hiragana

ユキ YUKI/Snow in Katakana

Happy spring practice!

Arigato,

Rie

If you are on the Instagram, please follow my page! More constant posts can be seen!

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https://www.instagram.com/neojaponismatelier/

The year of the Boar 2019

I hope you had a great start of the year 2019! This is the year of the boar 🐗

Best wishes for the New Year.

Let’s hope the year of the Boar will bring us courage, peace and harmony!

 

 

Kakizome 2019 書初め is ;

The first calligraphy of the year,

The New Year’s calligraphy.

Of course we have done with the Kanji

“ 亥 “ ;

means boar in the zodiac calendar.

Normally “ 猪 “ is commonly used for boar.

On the Kakizome day, a new brush is

often brought in symbolizing the new start / the beginning.

 

Here I share some Kakizome pictures of my daughter which we did on 3rd January.

Yes, sure – we did the warming-up practices as usual!

Here comes a picture from the children’s class this week!

All did excellent Kakizomes and I asked them to write their individual theme for 2019.

 

 

Enjoy the learning process.

Happy Practice!

Arigato!

Rie

 

 

 

Toshikoshi 年越し

Thank you very much for your support this year!

The end of year is the busiest season in Japan just like pre-Christmas time in Europe.

The actual 31st December is called OMISOKA 大晦日.

In order to welcome the new year with a transparent fresh mind, families come together to clean up the house clearing the dirt of the old year.

Normally it becomes so quiet and empty in the cities as many go back to their home town during this time.

Here is the perfect text to finish off the year!

“Toshikoshi” 年越し

; New Year’s Eve, end of year

年 Toshi :year, season, years

越しKoshi : to transit, go over

Good bye the year of the Dog!!

Enjoy the last hours of 2018!

Arigato,

Rie

Winter Texts 冬のお手本一

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful advent time!

All Shodo workshops are done for this year.

Lots of frosty-winter calligraphy texts.

Otehon texts for December workshop in Freiburg

Thank you for attending the workshops here in Freiburg and also in Bad Säckingen.

Compliment on your mindfulness process!

From the last workshop in Bad Säckingen

Otehon: Fuyu no Tomoshibi
From the latest workshop in Freiburg

冬 : Kanji / ふゆ : Hiragana /フユ : Katakana

•Meaning : Winter, Winter season

•Pronunciations : Fuyu, Tou

•Etymology : ending + ice

冬 ; means the end of four seasons, the time when things get frozen.

冬山 / 冬月 / 冬天 / 冬至 / 冬眠

Happy Practice!

ARIGATO,

Rie

Sanshotai 三書体 :紫

Morning calligraphy ( 朝書道 )
– Violet, Purple
– Murasaki, Shi / むらさき、シ
In three calligraphy styles
#sanshotai
Sosho ⬅️Gyosho ⬅️Kaisho

#rietakeda #shodo #japanesecalligraphy #japanischekalligraphie #shodokurs #kalligraphiekurs #calligraphycourse #mindfulnesstraining #achtsamkeitstraining #mindfulcalligraphy #brushmeditations #meditations #kanjilearning #kaisho #gyosho #sosho #zen #calligraphystyles #violet #purple

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Workshop in Freiburg ; Lantern light

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Calligraphy ” Tomoshibi ” by Rie Takeda

Thank you very much for attending the workshop on Sunday.

I do appreciate your effort to learn the art of Japanese calligraphy with such opened mind!
All of you did very well – compliment on your full concentration and mindfulness process. Great job!

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Calligraphy display from workshop participants 21.10.2018

We had lots of (high) Autumn Otehon texts, mainly with the ” fire 火 ” element and yes, sure some ” misty fog / Kiri 霧 ” and  ” maple tree / Kaede 楓 ”

  • Autumn / AKI  秋
  • Lantern light / Tomoshibi 灯

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The illustration shows the pictographically developed composition.

Rice plant(s)  +  Fire  =  Autumn 秋

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Tomoshibi in Sanshotai : Link

The next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday 18th November. It is at the moment fully booked, but one can be on the waiting list.

The November workshop will be the last one for this year. Then we will start again in the New Year 2019 on 20th January.

Meanwhile I hope you all will enjoy your Shodo practice in this beautiful season.

Happy Practice!

Arigato, Rie
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HISHIRYO 非思量 : non-thinking

KONNICHIWA,
Are you ready to go through some deep thoughts in one of your autumn evenings?!

I’ve been thinking about HISHIRYO: NON-THINKING for a quite while now, especially in conjunction with the essence of Do-Arts ( SHODO, KYUDO, JUDO, SADO, KADO, KARATEDO, AIKIDO….)

I guess when one practises the Do-Art ( in my case I did Kendo, have been practising Shodo for more than 35 years and Sado: Tea ceremony for 8 years) regularly and constantly if not everyday, one gets the nucleus of HISHIRYO. I do not particularly sit and meditate every day for 30 min, not at all – but instead I do meditation while I do calligraphy. “Calligraphy-SHODO” is for me an automatic switch to become meditative, this is my meditation. I do not have to make any effort or try hard to get to that point anymore. Sure, I am not doing Zazen or sitting, but the flow of the mindfulness-process, the flow of movement which I practise every day, creates such a natural comfortable silence. I become one with the moment – and feel through the brush, the ink and then see how the oneness appears on the paper. That is for me the closest understanding of HISHIRYO now.

And I often remember how my calligraphy teacher and my tea master teacher always said ;

” stop thinking, trust your hands and body – don’t worry

they know what to do ”

HISHIRYO 非思量 is found in one of the most essential works called SHOBOGENZO/Fukanzazengi 正法眼蔵/普勧坐禅儀 ( 1231-1253) from the Zen master Dogen-Zenji ( 1200-1253 )

I found this very interesting article which describes HISHIRYO quite clear. See below.

*For German speaking readers, there is an interesting article too by Gert Scobel in the new moment by moment magazine; under the theme” Meditation” ( www.moment-by-moment.de)

*Credit and Copyright:
Originally written in Japanese by Rev. Tairyu Tsunoda ( Komazawa University ), Translated by Rev. Issho Fujita
Assisted by Rev. Tonen O’Connor and Rev. Zuiko Redding
*Links and Materials from Soto Zen Buddhism: sotozen.net

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Calligraphy ” HISHIRYO ” by Rie Takeda

Hishiryo (non-thinking)

Etymology of Hishiryo

Hishiryo (非思量) literally means “non-thinking.”

Shiryo (思量) means “thinking” and hi (非) is a prefix of negation and opposition.

So hishiryo amounts to “unthank” or “not the matter of thinking.” This word hishiryo appears in Dogen Zenji’s Fukanzazengi (although not in his signed manuscript), Shobogenzo Zazengi, Shobogenzo Zazenshin and in Keizan Zenji’s Zazen Yojinki. It is one of the most important words used to describe zazen. Hishiryo in these writings comes from a dialogue between Yakusan Igen (745~828) and an unnamed monk, which is described in Keitoku

Dentoroku and other Zen texts.

Great master, Yakusan Kodo was sitting zazen. A monk asked him, “In steadfast sitting, what are you thinking?” Yakusan said, “Thinking of not-thinking.” A monk said, “How are you thinking of not-thinking?” Yakusan replied, “Non-thinking (hishiryo).”

In answering “hishiryo,” Yakusan is pointing out a realm beyond discriminative thinking, a realm of being one with not-thinking, which is the original person, or true person. This dialogue is meant to signify that zazen is the practice of being one with the original person, the person we originally are.

In the Zen tradition the word hishiryo is also found in a much earlier text, the Third Sosan’s Shinjinmei.

The empty enlightenment illuminates itself.
There is no need for the slightest mental effort.
It is a realm of non-thinking,
A realm beyond the apprehension of reasoning and emotions.

In this context, hishiryo is explained as a realm beyond the ability of reasoning and emotions to grasp. Later, this word was used in this more developed way. For example, in Unmon Koroku (Unmon’s Extensive Record) we find this dialogue below.

A monk asked, “What is a realm of non-thinking like?” Unmon said, “Beyond apprehension of reasoning and emotions.”

The meaning of hishiryo in Soto Zen

In both Fukanzazengi and Zazen Yojinki, hishiryo was introduced right after an instruction on zazen posture that uses the expression, “steadfast sitting.” Therefore, hishiryo can be understood as

a description of the state the mind should be in once zazen posture has been properly established. As for this state of mind in zazen, we find these instructions:

*In Fukan Zazengi
Do not think “good” or “bad.” Do not judge true or false. Give up the operation of mind, intellect, and consciousness; stop measuring with thoughts, ideas, and views. Have no designs on becoming a Buddha. How could it be limited to sitting or lying down?

*In Zazen Yojinki
Drop mind, intellect and consciousness, leave thoughts, ideas, and views alone. Have no designs on becoming a Buddha. Do not judge true or false.
If you want to cease your confusion, you must cease involvement in thoughts of good or bad.Stop getting caught up in unnecessary affairs. A mind “unoccupied” together with a body “free of activity” is the essential point to remember.

I think the key to understanding the meaning of hishiryo is found in these teachings.

It is said that when we practice zazen we stop all kinds of thinking, such as true or false, right or wrong and let go of all thoughts and calculations. With this attitude, we just sit. This is the instruction given by Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji. And that is what hishiryo is all about.

Hishiryo is not a state of no-thoughts

To stop “the operation of mind, intellect, and consciousness” and to stop “measuring with thoughts, ideas, and views” does not mean to totally stop all mental activities. To stop “operation” and “measuring” means stopping arbitrary thought and calculations, rather than maintaining a state of having no thoughts during zazen. The idea of having no thoughts is itself an arbitrary thought. It is not that a special state of mind results from regulating the mind through zazen. Rather than having a special state of mind, zazen is not to have a special state of mind.

For example, we find this passage in Shobogenzo Zazenshin:

A monk asked, “How are you thinking of not-thinking?” Indeed, though the notion of not-thinking may be old, here it is the question, how do you think of it? Could there be no thinking in sitting fixedly? … When we think of not-thinking, we always use non-thinking.

When we sit in zazen, it is not that we have no thoughts but we think of “not-thinking.” It is called “how do you think of it” and “non-thinking.”

In zazen we just sit by regulating the body (posture) and regulating the breath. As for the posture, we aim at sitting in the way that is described in Fukanzazengi and Zazen Yojinki. This posture naturally regulates the breath. Then, we just let the breath happen as is described in Zazen Yojinki; breath freely passes through the nose, and naturally gets regulated. Hishiryo is the state of our mind when we are sitting in this way. But what kind of state of mind is it?

When a thought arises, be aware of it. When you are aware of it, it will disappear

In the Tenpuku version of Fukan Zazengi (Dogen Zenji’s signed manuscript), we do not see the sentences, “Think of not-thinking. How do you think of it? Non-thinking.” Instead there are these sentences: “When a thought arises, be aware of it. When you are aware of it, it will disappear. Continuously put aside everything outside and make yourself into one piece.” It is taught as “the essential art of zazen.” In other words, in the popular version, “When a thought arises, be aware of it. When you are aware of it, it will disappear. Continuously put aside everything outside and make yourself into one piece” was deleted and “Think of not-thinking. What kind of thinking is that? Non-thinking” was inserted. Even if this substitution was made by Dogen Zenji himself, it is still important to know that the instruction “When a thought arises, be aware of it. When you are aware of it, it will disappear. Continuously put aside everything outside and make yourself into one piece” appeared in the signed version, because this expression helps us understand hishiryo.

This expression is a description of our state of mind during zazen. When a thought arises during zazen and we become aware of it, it disappears by itself. And when another thought arises, we again become aware of it and it disappears. If we maintain this process, we naturally put aside everything outside and become one with ourselves. This is exactly the state of mind during zazen and the content of hishiryo.

Hishiryo is not to attain a transcendental state of mind through meditation or to enter a state of no thoughts and no images. It is not to remain in a state full of defilements and delusions or to keep discriminative thinking, either. This is what Dogen Zenji meant when he used the word hishiryo. This concept was steadfastly handed down to Keizan Zenji’s Zazen Yojinki. Thus, in the Soto Zen tradition we now emphasize hishiryo as a state of mind during zazen.

*Credit and Copyright:
Originally written in Japanese by Rev. Tairyu Tsunoda, Translated by Rev. Issho Fujita
Assisted by Rev. Tonen O’Connor and Rev. Zuiko Redding

*Links and Materials from Soto Zen Buddhism: sotozen.net

Happy Practice!

Arigato,
Rie
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“Meditation” with the moment by moment magazine

The New Autumn issue of “moment by moment” magazine is out now!

The theme is – Meditation-

I did the calligraphy piece for ” HISHIRYO / non-thinking ”

– the article by Gert Scobel.

( And the logo for the magazine cover )

I would like to post more about

” HISHIRYO 非思量” later this week!

@momentbymoment.magazin

#dalailama #shunryusuzuki #gertscobel

#momentbymoment #achtsamkeit #mindfulness #meditation #hishiryo #zen #dogen #buddism #beginnersmind #rietakeda #japanesecalligraphy

#richarddavidson #matthieuricard#nichtdenken

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

After a summer break…

KONNICHIWA! こんにちは。

Hope you had a great summer time !!

We had the first SHODO workshop after a long break!

Thank you very much for coming to the workshop in Freiburg.

Lots of autumn feeling and colours!

Compliment on your concentration and mindfulness.

Very happy to show you the art of Shodo.

Excellent process!

Arigato.

The next date is 21st. October.

#shodo #japanesecalligraphy #japanischekalligraphie #shodoworkshop #kalligraphieworkshop #freiburg #basel #kalligraphie #rietakeda #mindfulnesstraining #achtsamkeittraining #brushmeditations #meditation

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Exhibition “ Painted Poems “ 30. June

My exhibition is ready to pop in 2 weeks.

The opening party is on Saturday, the 30th June at 15:00.

If you are around in town, please pop in!

Would be great to see you there. ‘

6月30日から9月暮れまで、フライブルクのインセルで

絵詩Painted Poemの展示会をさせていただきます。

レセプションは30日土曜日の15時から18時半くらいまでなので、お時間ありましたら是非お越しください。 ‘

RIE TAKEDA

– Painted Poems-

From 30.06. to 30.09.2018

Opening Party: Sat. 30.06, 15:00

Address:

artforum3 e.V.

Insel 3, 79098

Freiburg

Friday, 13:00-18:00

Saturday, 10:00-16:00

http://www.artforum3.de

#rietakeda #freiburg #paintedpoems #neojaponism #neojaponismstyle #japanesecalligraphy #japaneseart #japanmodern #japanpop #exhibition #dragon

Happy summer practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Workshop in June

Thank you” to everyone who came to the workshop on Sunday in Freiburg.

Very mindful, concentrated and productive!

The theme for June was more summery with lots of natural elements, like water flow and rain drops..

Excellent progress!

Well done. Arigato✨

Next date( the last one before the summer break!) is

on Sunday, 22. July.

Here I share only some Seisho pieces from three participants who are beginners.

Happy summer practice!!

Arigato

Rie

MY INSTAGRAM ⬇️

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Shakyou calligraphy 写経

Shakyou Calligraphy ” set was packed for the camping retreat!

I did the brush meditation in pure nature.

It was just a beautiful experience – sharpening my senses….

フランスの大自然でキャンプをしながらゆっくり静寂を愉ししんだコンパクトな写経セット。

#shodo #japanesecalligraphy #shakyou #heartsutra #calligraphyfortravel #rietakeda

Happy Practice!

Rie

Ikigai 生き甲斐

📮This beautiful interesting book is published now!

Congratulations!

I enjoyed working on the cover and the calligraphy pieces.

Highly recommended!

本日英国カイリブックス出版より” 生き甲斐 IKIGAI “という素敵な本が出版されました。カバーの絵と書、インデックスの書等させていただきました。とても興味深い本です、ぜひ手に取って読んでみてください。日本語の”IKIGAI”という言葉がそのまま世界で使われるようになる日も近いかもしれませんね。

” IKIGAI “- giving every day meaning and joy

by Yukari Mitsuhashi

‘The word ikigai is formed of two Japanese characters: iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value or worth. Ikigai, then, is the value of life, or happiness in life. Put simply, it’s the reason you get up in the morning.’

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📮This beautiful interesting book is published yesterday! Congratulations! I enjoyed working on the cover and the calligraphy pieces. Highly recommended! 本日英国カイリブックス出版より" 生き甲斐 IKIGAI "という素敵な本が出版されました。カバーの絵と書、インデックスの書等させていただきました。とても興味深い本です、ぜひ手に取って読んでみてください。日本語の"IKIGAI"という言葉がそのまま世界で使われるようになる日も近いかもしれませんね。 " IKIGAI "- giving every day meaning and joy by Yukari Mitstuhashi ‘The word ikigai is formed of two Japanese characters: iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value or worth. Ikigai, then, is the value of life, or happiness in life. Put simply, it’s the reason you get up in the morning.’ @yukari77 @kylebooksuk Photo by @taraosullivan1 #ikigai #publicationday #giveaway #competition #win #prize #bookgiveaway #kylebooks #hachette #octopus #yukarimitsuhashi #kylebooksuk

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#ikigai #publicationday #giveaway #competition #win #prize #bookgiveaway #kylebooks #hachette #octopus

#yukarimitsuhashi

#kylebooksuk

Happy Practice!

Rie