Ikigai Book Review: 5 reasons why you should read this book

For those who find joy in the pages of a good book, the reasons to pick up a new read are endless.

In this article, we will delve into the reasons why you should pick Ikigai as your read this week.


For those who have read this book, they certainly will not mind picking it up from the shelf once again, but this article is particularly for those who want to read Ikigai but are doubtful about whether to give in their time and money to buy this absolutely amazing book.

Well, the Japanese concept of Ikigai in literary terms means – something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living.

The book majorly revolves around providing the simplest of simple “secrets” of life which helps in longevity, and while the book takes major adoption from Japanese well-being, it also proves with certain interviews how there are people over 100 years of age living easily without any aged pain or body issues.

The book’s major attraction is the vein diagram figure with the title Ikigai – where it shows how –

Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation have a similar pattern when these four questions come into play:

1. What are you Good at?
2. What you can be Paid For?
3. What the world Needs?
4. What you Love?

5 Reasons why you should read Ikigai:

To keep the reasons short and crisp, here is why you should give it a read:

1. It helps you find purpose in life.
2. It tells you how you can manage to live happily and without illness if you adopt certain habits in how you eat, how you think, and how your daily activity is surrounded.
3. It simply asks you to keep moving in life.
4. Ikigai has basic food lists which suggest how, by adapting these basic lifestyles, the Japanese people, especially in Okinawa, live longer.
5. It gives an intuitive approach to overall health.

My favorite quote from the book Ikigai:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Reviews of Ikigai over the internet:

Goodreads: 3.9/5
Amazon: 4.5/5
Flipkart: 4.6/5