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The Wisdom of Ogai

The Wisdom of Ogai

The Wisdom of Ogai is a collection of inspiring and thought provoking maxims by Meiji era literary genius Mori Ogai, adapted into modern language by one of Japan’s most beloved scholars, Hiroshi Deguchi.

Though Ogai received fame and praise for his work as both a writer and service member, his private life was anything but smooth sailing. From love, marriage, divorce, in-laws and the government, Ogai was constantly at odds with a neverending stream of conflict and trouble. Well acquainted with the taste of defeat, Ogai experienced numerous failures throughout his career. However, no matter how many times he fell down, Ogai always managed to overcome hardship thanks to his strong willed nature and preserverence.

Maxims featured in The Wisdom of Ogai come from the three works Chie bukuro (Pearls of Wisdom), Shinto-go (Words of the Heart) and Kei-go (Words of Wisdom), the first two of which were based upon German Philosopher Adolph Friherr Knigge’s On Human Relations. Providing practical advice on how to handle a wide variety of social situations and deal with different types of people, Ogai’s work is filled with concrete advice on the ins and outs of life.

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The Worrying Japanese: Life Consultation As A Mirror of Society

The Worrying Japanese: Life Consultation As A Mirror of Society

Japan’s leading sociologist analyzes a hundred years of the consultation section of a Japanese newspaper, where people post their life questions and concerns. This is as close as you could get to “the real Japan.”

What do you know about Japan? Green tea, anime, sushi… Sure. Contrary to the popularized image of Japan, this book offers a rare glimpse into the real voice of the people. Over a hundred years, Yomiuri Newspaper, a major newspaper company in Japan has been publishing the life consultation section. This is where you hear how people were trying to make their ways in their respective eras. Yet, according to the author, there are themes that pertain to all the eras—love, family, sexuality and so on. This is a must-read for anyone curious

about deep Japan. It will also teach you that, as different as we are, some questions are universal to us all. 

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The Yamamoto Method to Build a Better Body and Improve Your Life

Fitness to Change your Life

The bestselling author of Why Good Business People Do Muscle Training, whose original training methods have gained him a following within Japan’s business community, imparts knowhow on the right diet and exercise methods needed to build a sound mind and body. In this book he illustrates how to build the right foundations necessary in the quest towards becoming an accomplished businessperson.

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The Zen of Eating

The Zen of Eating

The Zen methods from the 700-year old Eihei Temple.  A young monk, who is currently spreading the word of Zen in Berlin, talks about the Buddhist traditions of cooking, eating, and cleaning up, and how they can calm your heart and your soul.

There has been an emphasis on eating since the very beginning of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism.  To be clear though, this doesn’t simply mean that there is an emphasis on food itself.  The preparation, the way you eat, and the way you clean up after meals are all part of what Zen monks refer to as shoku.  The Zen way of shoku is studied and followed just as rigorously as they study sacred texts.

So why all the attention to meals?  Because putting your body and mind at ease while creating harmony with your surroundings is the very foundation of Zen.  The young Zen monk, who is now living and teaching in Europe, will introduce the way of shoku, and will show us how we can apply it to our own lives.

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Things You Should Start in Order to Lead Rewarding Career and Fulfilling Life in 10 Years Later

Things You Should Start in Order to Lead Rewarding Career and Fulfilling Life in 10 Years Later

The bestselling business author Yukio Fujimaki has written his first book on business skills for those who have just started their new jobs. This book is full of advices and wisdom that will help business freshmen, who live in this ruthless modern society where we often feel daunted when forecasting prospects for 10 years time. 

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Three-Minute Parenting for Busy Dads

Three-Minute Parenting for Busy Dads

Author of Discover’s popular An Instruction Book on Dads is back with a guide on parenting for busy fathers everywhere. Emphasizing that the quality of parenting is determined by the quality of time spent together, not quantity, Ohta provides tips and tricks to allow even the busiest of businessmen to become superdads. 

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Training Leaders Of Next Generation: Recruit’s Innovation Training Manual

Training Leaders Of Next Generation: Recruit’s Innovation Training Manual

More than 2,000 people, hundreds of new business plans, in 5 days—Japan’s most innovative cooperate training manual is now available. This book will save you from your long struggles for innovation!

Everyone is talking about the importance of innovation, but not about how to make innovation happen. It is a simple yet powerful truth that this book reveals—training people is the key. Sounds counterintuitive? Japan’s most innovative company, Recruit Holdings, invented a wholly new approach to training leaders of the next generation. Japan’s successful companies like Toyota, NEC, Nomura Holdings have already gained a lot from this secret training manual. What are you waiting for? Start today and innovate your people! 

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Trips to Advance Your Career

Trips to Advance Your Career

This full-color travel guide filled with beautiful photos from around the globe helps readers in their 20s design the perfect international journey with a purpose. With 11 examples of trips that will make your resume pop - including a journey to learn about organic farming worldwide, and how one man traveled the silk road by motorcycle to volunteer with children – this guide will inspire readers to think outside of the box and design the perfect trip to change their life. 

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