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Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism pdf Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, ebook Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, epub Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, doc Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, e-pub Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism 1c207051de3 The Best Selling Phenomenon From Japan That Shows Us A Minimalist Life Is A Happy LifeFumio Sasaki Is Not An Enlightened Minimalism Expert Or Organizing Guru Like Marie Kondo He S Just A Regular Guy Who Was Stressed Out And Constantly Comparing Himself To Others, Until One Day He Decided To Change His Life By Saying Goodbye To Everything He Didn T Absolutely Need The Effects Were Remarkable Sasaki Gained True Freedom, New Focus, And A Real Sense Of Gratitude For Everything Around Him In Goodbye, Things Sasaki Modestly Shares His Personal Minimalist Experience, Offering Specific Tips On The Minimizing Process And Revealing How The New Minimalist Movement Can Not Only Transform Your Space But Truly Enrich Your Life The Benefits Of A Minimalist Life Can Be Realized By Anyone, And Sasaki S Humble Vision Of True Happiness Will Open Your Eyes To Minimalism S Potential


10 thoughts on “Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

  1. says:

    Am now a minimalist.


  2. says:

    Some thoughts on Goodbye, Things Mr Sasaki writes about minimalism in maximalist manner A good editor could have cut this book down to the length of a magazine article, added a few of the book s photographs, and nothing much would have been lost In fact, the book could have almost been condensed to the 55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things on the last few pages of the book That would have been true minimalism But then, Mr Sasaki wouldn t have had a book to sell.Mr Sasaki writes Some thoughts on Goodbye, Things Mr Sasaki writes about minimalism in maximalist manner A good editor could have cut this book down to the length of a magazine article, added a few of the book s photographs, and nothing much would have been lost In fact, the book could have almost been condensed to the 55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things on the last few pages of the book That would have been true minimalism But then, Mr Sasaki wouldn t have had a book to sell.Mr Sasaki writes about people gaining an identity through the things they have However, he s gained an identity as a minimalist by giving things up In a way, it s the same deal just going in another direction.Reading Goodbye Things, I felt as if I was listening to a combination TV preacher and motivational speaker Minimalism is the one true religion and you can change your life for the better by converting to minimalism.Mr Sasaki writes about being an alcoholic he doesn t use the term but, to me, getting drunk every night and going to work hung over the next morning is being an alcoholic before finding minimalism If finding a minimalism lifestyle worked for him, that s great, but I doubt that it would be a common cure for alcoholism, as he implies This book is an advertisement for Apple and its products I could have done without that.All of that said, I did find some good points in the book, and reading it did make me think about my life and some changes I could make to it I know that I have too many things cluttering up my life, and as I was reading, I found myself getting rid of some things I hadn t used in years and probably never would use.I also thought about buying things, often for no good reason Until recently, I owned two watches one with a black face and a black band, and one with a light colored face and a brown band I know people who don t even own a watch, and just look at their phone if they need to know the time The watch with the brown band started losing time after about 25 years, so I decided to replace it I bought an relatively inexpensive but solid watch from L.L Bean that I figure will last me for a good many years If I had read this book a week ago, I would have stuck to one watch and would have been happy with it.Mr Sasaki also writes about valuing things that we have and not growing tired of them because they re no longer new or novel To me, that s a very important concept There are things in our home that I value, and clothes that I enjoy wearing, even though they re far from being new.The book also makes the point that by placing less value on things and by becoming less attached and involved with those things, we may becomeinvolved with the people in our lives That s probably true and certainly a good thing A good quote from the book p.253 Because I don t own very much, I have the luxury of time In the end, I wasn t converted I want to sleep on a real mattress on a bed I like to read books with paper pages, not words illuminated on a screen If Mr Sasaki reads non e book books, it s only at the library, they don t seem to be welcome in his home I don t want to listen to recorded music played through computer speakers, or through ear buds or head phones I no doubt haveclothes than I need though I m very far from being whatever the male version of a fashionista is called , but I enjoy changing what I wear Three white shirts shown in the photograph of Mr Sasaki s closet wouldn t do it for me Another Goodreads reviewer of this book quoted William Morris Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful That says it for me, muchso than minimalism does My rating five stars for the ideas presented two stars for the manner in which they were presented so three


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    I ve read a couple of books on minimalist lifestyle, and this is one of the best in my opinion I especially like that all the photos included with the book are at the start, helps to make the book appealing You can see from them not only single persons, but also a couple, a family and a traveling person s backpack contents though only scarf can be counted as clothes in it, which leaves me wondering about the rest of the clothes that could be there.This includes the author s own pictures and I ve read a couple of books on minimalist lifestyle, and this is one of the best in my opinion I especially like that all the photos included with the book are at the start, helps to make the book appealing You can see from them not only single persons, but also a couple, a family and a traveling person s backpack contents though only scarf can be counted as clothes in it, which leaves me wondering about the rest of the clothes that could be there.This includes the author s own pictures and comments deeper in the book on how he made a journey from maximalist lots of stuff to minimalist one He certainly has reached a satisfying point doing this, and offers now his thoughts and ideas on how to do it etc First chapter defines what a minimalist is and what it means to be one, plus some reasons for its popularity Second chapter talks about why we are or have been maximalists In the third chapter we finally get ways to reduce our possessions And in chapters four and five we read about positive changes that becoming minimalist has given to the author and many others Then there are very grateful, and unusually cute afterwords and thank yous, plus finally two lists of the tips explained in the third chapter, handily attached at the end.The author benefited much from the change Noneed to compare himself to others, no heaviness of all the things, no feeling of my possessions my worthiness , no dissatisfaction with bad habits He relates to people better, feels grateful and happy easier, dares to try new things and experiences This book is a Japanese point of view, but not too different He s clearly a Steve Jobs fan lol I like that he stresses that each one of us can define our own level of minimalism It s merely a method of reducing possessions to the one that are necessary and truly matter to us, and not owning just to pretend or someday I ll do things There is so repeat, but so lightly it didn t manage to annoy me at all Everything is just said so cheerfully, calmly and not pushy The author clearly loves minimalism, and this letting go of things has none of the hello trees hello sky ism of the Konmari method it is mentioned in the book, but briefly.I think that if you want only one book on minimalism and how to do it, it is this one Myself, I think I will aim somewhere in between minimalism and the maximalist ends, for reasons I like chairs and beds with legs all the getting up from the floor is not my thing , want to own enough clothes to fill the washing machine properly having just 3 shirts won t do ,and my books, movies and music I prefer to have as visible things I don t own these to show off, and do seriously cherish them if I don t, they don t stay, no worries So, perhaps I will ownthan minimalism might be like, but getting rid of maximalism is perhaps the best intention for me now Then again, who knows what the future will be like


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    Sasaki s photographs in the beginning of this book jolt one awake to what he means by minimalism Some people are so radical that it makes the rest of us look like hoarders But by the end of this very simply written and superbly argued short book, most of the arguments we have for cluttering our space and complicating our lives are defeated One must recognize at some point that whatever dreams are mixed up in purchases we have made, the potential of the ideas quickly fade when not acted on imm Sasaki s photographs in the beginning of this book jolt one awake to what he means by minimalism Some people are so radical that it makes the rest of us look like hoarders But by the end of this very simply written and superbly argued short book, most of the arguments we have for cluttering our space and complicating our lives are defeated One must recognize at some point that whatever dreams are mixed up in purchases we have made, the potential of the ideas quickly fade when not acted on immediately, as in when the objects are saved for something we vaguely anticipate in the future In the minimalist outlook, objects should do some kind of worthwhile duty, even if that duty is to make us happy, or please our senses When objects become a burden, or chastise us by their silent immobility, collecting dust, literally taking up the space we need to breathe, we can give them away, throw them out, auction them off, or otherwise get them out of our lives so that some potential can grow back into our ideas That means even books we bought with the intention to read but which make us sad every time we look at them.But don t take my word for it Sasaki really does have an answer for every possible objection you may have For instance, 37 Discarding memorabilia is not the same as discarding memories Sasaki quotes Tatsuya Nakazaki Even if we were to throw away photos and records that are filled with memorable moments, the past continues to exist in our memories All the important memories that we have inside us will naturally remain I am not convinced this is so at every stage of life, but think there is a natural life to what we need in terms of archival items If your children don t want it, you don t need to keep all of it Keep the ones that matter only.Note that Sasaki recommends scanning documents like old letters that are important to you because you can t go out and buy another if you find you were too radical in your culling However, even the archival record becomes a burden when it becomes too large unless well marked with dates, etc He admits that letting go of those stored memories is a further step in true minimalist living.The freedom one experiences when one owns fewer things is undeniable Sasaki expresses the joy he experiences when he visits a hotel or a friend who uses big bath towels He d limited himself to a microfiber quick drying hand towel for all his household needs, and enjoyed the lack of big loads of washing at home and using big thick towels while he was out a twofer of happiness.We are encouraged to find our own minimalism Everyone has their own limits and definition The author explains that 15 Minimalism is a method and a beginning The concept is like a prologue and the act of minimizing is a story that each practitioner needs to create individually We definitely don t need all we have, and the things we own aren t who we are We are still us, underneath all the stuff Some people will find this reassuring others may find it disconcerting.At the end of this small book, Sasaki reminds us the clarity that comes with minimalism Concentration is easier Waste is minimized Social relationships are enhanced You don t need forty seconds in a disaster to decide what to take You live in the now.The translation of this book is fantastic, by Eriko Sugita It does not read like a translation, but as an intimate sharing by someone who has been through the hard work of paring down one s possessions so that his own personality shines through It is a kind of gift Even if one doesn t throw a thing away I heartily doubt that will be the case after or during the reading of this book, the notions are seeds Gratitude grows in the absence of things


  5. says:

    Fumio Sasaki takes minimalism to an entirely new level I could not live in such a fundamental environment I need beauty and plant life my home is my sanctuary, not just a place to sleep This lifestyle works for him and others, I am sure, but just not for me I much prefer William Morris s quote Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.


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    So you thought Marie Kondo was funny when she told us to get rid of the garbage in our homes and to only keep the stuff that gave us sparks of joy Well, Fumio Sasaki goes deeper he says it s awesome that there are things that give us those sparks of joy and he tells us to get rid of them all Fumio is a minimalist and I dare say an extremist too he got rid of 95% of the stuff he used to own, including hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, expensive multimedia devices and fancy clothes and man So you thought Marie Kondo was funny when she told us to get rid of the garbage in our homes and to only keep the stuff that gave us sparks of joy Well, Fumio Sasaki goes deeper he says it s awesome that there are things that give us those sparks of joy and he tells us to get rid of them all Fumio is a minimalist and I dare say an extremist too he got rid of 95% of the stuff he used to own, including hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, expensive multimedia devices and fancy clothes and many other pretty and pricey things, together with the big apartment that stored it all I think that s really impressive, even if I don t want to follow his steps Fumio says many interesting things in his book about many sides of owning things and how this owning becomes a burden at some point and even a blockage for our energy, dreams and ambitions and even our self esteem He s a follower of danshari which means decluttering not just as a home cleaning ritual but a whole lifestyle Together with Naoki Numahata Sasaki writes a blog, but the text is all in Japanese, alas, so here s the link to the article about mr Numahata and his many minimalist friends , google about Sasaki yourself And here s one about danshari if you care to learnabout it Because I do My only problem with the book was that it needed a stricter editor, so it would avoid unnecessary repeating We surely learn better through repeating, but this one was supposed to be minimalist, wasn t it


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    Minimalism is built around the idea that there s nothing that you re lackingFumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things The New Japanese MinimalismI wasn t a fan of the writing Perhaps, I went in expectingof a Zen minimalism asthetic Perhaps, I am just comparing it to other design living books that seemed to resonate better S, M, L, XL, A Place of My Own The Education of an Amateur Builder, Wabi Sabi For Artists, Designers, Poets Philosophers, etc By the end of the book, it all just seeMinimalism is built around the idea that there s nothing that you re lackingFumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things The New Japanese MinimalismI wasn t a fan of the writing Perhaps, I went in expectingof a Zen minimalism asthetic Perhaps, I am just comparing it to other design living books that seemed to resonate better S, M, L, XL, A Place of My Own The Education of an Amateur Builder, Wabi Sabi For Artists, Designers, Poets Philosophers, etc By the end of the book, it all just seemed overwritten overhyped So, 2 stars.It also seemed like a bit too self help, too superficial, too list oriented I felt I was given a bunch of bullet points for tossing out things that never traveled very deep I also and I ve seen this expressed by others find it odd that a book on minimalism would have a list 55 items long Perhaps, Sasaki could have slimmed that list down to 25 Some of the items seemed a bit redundant and others seemed a bit weak Even Sasaki s explanation for they why, seemed a bit superficial Also, I wasn t a fan of the corporate minimalism He name dropped Apple and Steve Jobs also Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, etc as if the New Japanese Minimalism existed in an app on the iPhone Hell, it probably does.That all said, however, it DID encourage me to drop off a couple boxes of books to Goodwill and start ditching some dishes in our kitchen and clothes in our closet So, I gave it an extra star three stars for JUST that


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    I m not interested in becoming this extreme of a minimalist, nor did this book hold my attention, though I did finish it This is super extremeas in you only need one fork and nothing on the walls, as in you don t need chairs if you host your friends at a local restaurant and use the local cafe as your living room I found the sweeping generalization that you cannot lead a life of gratitude whilst owning a lot of things to be a little offputting, not to mention, very subjective.Overall, I d I m not interested in becoming this extreme of a minimalist, nor did this book hold my attention, though I did finish it This is super extremeas in you only need one fork and nothing on the walls, as in you don t need chairs if you host your friends at a local restaurant and use the local cafe as your living room I found the sweeping generalization that you cannot lead a life of gratitude whilst owning a lot of things to be a little offputting, not to mention, very subjective.Overall, I didn t care for the writing or the method I couldn t relate to much of this book because unlike the author, I don t worry about what others think of me nor did I amass items to impress people or attempt to be like them Also, I m not sure how warm it is in Japan, but just the winter gear I packed away this weekend is easilythan every item the author owns Also, the narrator sounded like an agitated American cop and that was just odd 1.5 stars


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    I received an advanced copy from Goodreads, and was, to be honest, skeptical at first Hasn t Marie Kondo already turned the minimalism trend around Sasaki s book is his own, however He is a humble and honest guide throughout the book Sasaki offers insights on minimalism through his own mind and life I really enjoyed reading the book It felt very cleansing, like taking a shower at the end of a long day.I took notes throughout the book, for personal reference Here is a slice Our minds are I received an advanced copy from Goodreads, and was, to be honest, skeptical at first Hasn t Marie Kondo already turned the minimalism trend around Sasaki s book is his own, however He is a humble and honest guide throughout the book Sasaki offers insights on minimalism through his own mind and life I really enjoyed reading the book It felt very cleansing, like taking a shower at the end of a long day.I took notes throughout the book, for personal reference Here is a slice Our minds are old, unequipped for technological overload You get used to things you buy They re only new and shiny for a week or a month Why less possessions You get less messages sent from them Messages the connotations You know, that old composition notebook that s half written in You don t want to waste the rest of the unwritten pages You have to use it Yes, you ll use it tomorrow for a grocery list But there are so many pages left to finish writing in Tomorrow comes, you forget to use it And it still sits on your desk and you re still convinced you ll use it


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    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Nothing better than throwing out everything you own to make space for nothing All you need is a bed that doubles as a couch, one set of dishes to cook and eat off of and one towel to dry said dishes and yourself off with What an easy peasy, simplified life.ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME ONE TOWEL FOR EVERYTHING That was the moment I realized a minimalist lifestyle was not for me I know the author says to each their own an I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Nothing better than throwing out everything you own to make space for nothing All you need is a bed that doubles as a couch, one set of dishes to cook and eat off of and one towel to dry said dishes and yourself off with What an easy peasy, simplified life.ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME ONE TOWEL FOR EVERYTHING That was the moment I realized a minimalist lifestyle was not for me I know the author says to each their own and not everyone will go as lean as others and they for sure are not required to That a person should make living with less work for them in their own way and all that but seriously one freaking towel That towel stands for everything I own that is a comfort object I work hard to have what I deem necessary and for what I enjoy I want a towel to dry my dishes with and I want a separate extremely fluffy huge ass towel to dry my bum with I want to walk around in that towel, lay around in that towel, wrap that towel around my hair and just be cuddly, warm and happy in it however I want I do not want said towel to dry off a freshly washed glass after coming in contact with my ass, just like I do not want said towel to wipe down the counter and then my face NOPE NOT HAPPENING.I get that throwing out stuff does simplify life but like most things in life, going to the extreme is not the best way to have at it I see that saving money by not owning all of the crap frees you up to travel, to work less, pursue hobbies you love and so on, but what if owning a super comfy towel is one of the things you love most Said towel is not a status symbol for me, it didn t cost me a lot of money and it doesn t take up a lot of space It is the thing I seek and enjoy after a nice long hot shower It stands for the simple things I appreciate the most in life The basic little things that make it all worth it, the things our mind defaults to in a pinch.Wow that was quite a rant Pretty sure I am arguing against nothing and I probably missed the main point of the book somewhere along the way or I received it and didn t care I m going to go with option two here because I feel like the length of the book was a bit much and it pulled my mind away from the main point Which is kind of comical considering the book is supposed to be about less beingI think my rant is just me trying to entertain myself because I usually do agree with the subject matter s line of thinking I love throwing giving away my excess and do try to live with only what I need and ENJOY emphasis on enjoy This read just didn t do it for me and has been relegated to the not helping me at all pile of self help books


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