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Eye-Opening Japanese Concepts That Will Transform Your Life

By Ramsha Nayab

Jan 13,2023


‘Iki’ in Japanese means ‘life,’ and ‘gai’ describes value or worth, and the concept of Ikigai is pretty much self-explanatory.

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Kaizen is a method of continuous improvement based on the theory that small, ongoing positive changes can be significant.

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Mottainai means respecting our resources, not wasting them, and using them with gratitude.

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Mono no aware

This concept describes having empathy towards things and their inevitable passing.

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Wabi-sabi is a concept that encourages us to embrace our imperfections and accept the natural cycle of life.

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Shin-Gi-Tai translates as “mind, technique, and body.” Mind, technique, and body are the three elements for maximum performance in martial arts.

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This is a Japanese idiom that talks about never feeling the need to compare yourself to someone else.

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This concept is widely similar to having a high threshold for tolerance and patience because Gaman translates into enduring  patience and dignity.

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