Less is being increasingly considered as more in Japan, as a growing number of people are starting to adopt the minimalist lifestyle, influenced by traditional Zen philosophies. However, it’s not as radical as some people may think. Watch below and read on to find out more…
I feel content with what I have
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In a country known for its consumerism, Japan preserves a minimalist culture deeply rooted in its heritage. A growing number of Japanese people of all ages are turning towards this cultural practice to find fulfillment in their daily lives, which extends far beyond minimising the number of possessions one has but also, the amount of noise one makes and space one takes up in their life. Similar to tea ceremonies and flower arrangement classes, this extended form of minimalist lifestyle promotes gracefulness and tranquility.
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If you’re finding out about this now for the first time, it may come as a shock or seem extreme, but the minimalist lifestyle proposes valid questions which we often overlook, such as: How many possessions do we have? How many of these possessions do we actually need, use or benefit from? Are these possessions distracting us and limiting our focus? How do our possessions affect our behaviour when we are alone and/or with people?
Not to be confused with minimalist art, where expression is kept to a minimum, the minimalist lifestyle offers an alternative perspective on the ownership of objects, time and space – That is, as the video below further illustrates, it allows one to be more aware of the value each possession has, the amount of time one spends and where it is spent in their daily life, and the personal space one occupies.
A Minimalist lifestyle, of course, has its constraints and limitations, from both a practical sense and a social sense, and thus, moderation and pragmatism are crucial in pursuing a minimalist lifestyle in not allowing one to create unnecessary hardships for his or herself.
As you select and reduce your things you understand yourself better, your core values and what’s truly important to you. I think that is the essence of Minimalism [lifestyle].
What do you now think of the minimalist lifestyle? what elements of it could you incorporate into your own life?
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