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The Base Intelligence: 45 Methods For Thinking Fast and Clear

The Base Intelligence: 45 Methods For Thinking Fast and Clear

The world of business is changing every day. Continuous learning and adapting is essential to success in this competitive environment. But, if there is one underlying asset we need to cultivate before acquiring useful skills and knowledge, it’s the base intelligence. This book tells you why, and how you can train it. 

We all want to succeed, and success requires learning and growth. Naturally, every aspiring business person spends day and night, trying to keep up with the industry standards and newest technology. Yes, everyone is trying very hard, but somehow we see different results coming out of the same amount of efforts. This is no wonder, though, because the ones who succeed always have one thing in common—the base intelligence. Its relation to skills and knowledge resembles an OS to softwares for a computer. Which means, without training the base intelligence, you cannot leverage new skills and knowledge. In this book, two business gurus share a list of practical, concrete ways to cultivate the base intelligence.   

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The Best of Quote Therapy - 3 Seconds to Happiness

The Best of Quote Therapy - 3 Seconds to Happiness

This book introduces famous quotes from internationally well-known personalities such as Konosuke Matsushita and Mother Teresa, and explains how we can improve personal happiness using the lessons contained in them. Each section is short, making it possible to pick up the book any time. This version is the best of the series that has sold over 300,000 copies in Japan alone!

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The Birth of Naoshima: The Sanctuary for Contemporary Art in Japan

The Birth of Naoshima: The Sanctuary for Contemporary Art in Japan

When published, it immediately became the best selling title in the contemporary art category on Amazon.co.jp! 

“Art is so fragile and vulnerable in this world. I was to create an immovable sanctuary out of art as if driving a pile into the ground.”

How did Naoshima--“the sanctuary for contemporary art” come into being?

An amazing story of the birth of Naoshima is now revealed by its producer.

As often described as “a place that one must visit once in life,”

Naoshima in the Inland Sea of Japan continues to attract tourists from all over the world

It used to be just a small island populated by 3000 people. Over the years, Naoshima has been transformed into “the sanctuary for contemporary art,” where artworks by big names like Yayoi Kusama, Tatsuo Miyajima, Tadao Ando and many others have been exhibited and installed.

There is nowhere like Naoshima in the world. How did this miracle happen?

Despite its popularity, the birth story of Naoshima hasn’t been revealed to the public so far. Now, its producer, who has managed Naoshima over the past 15 years, is ready to share his story. This is the first time that his story is shared with the public since his leave from Naoshima in 2006. 

Behind the glorious success at Naoshima, there is a story of a man who never gave up on trying even when everything seemed impossible. After all the efforts and struggles for many years, miraculous artworks came into being that continue to enchant us for ages to come.

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The Body Follows the Mind

The Body Follows the Mind

The founder of nagomi yoga shares her expert advice on how to achieve harmony at work and at home, as well as in friendships, romantic relationships, and with your family. 

The tips in this book are arranged by topic, making this an easy to use resource even for busy people.  The lessons in this book are easy enough for beginners, and each chapter includes diagrams as well that show you the correct form for each position as well as proper breathing technique.

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The Book for the First-time Philosophers

A Book for the First-time Philosophers

Fujihara, a well-known educator in Japan, writes for junior high school and high school students about how to think about life's many challenges. Answering a variety of questions like: why do people get married? Why do we have go on family trips? Why do grown-ups go to work? Why do we have to study? Why is it that higher powers don’t save every one of us? Am I also going to die one day? Answering these questions and many more in simple, easy-to-understand language, The Book for First-Time Philosophers tackles 25 life-changing topics

Author Kazuhiro Fujihara, the well-known former headmaster of a public junior high school, suggests that in order to apply philosophy to our lives we must keep questioning even the smallest of issues. This refreshing book on philosophy helps readers realize that the field of philosophy isn’t all about dead serious academia, but is rather all about seeing the world from different perspective. A delightful reading for young and old alike that offers us a chance to rethink “life.”

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The Buddhist Way  For Everyday Happiness

The Buddhist Way  For Everyday Happiness

The head priest at a temple with more than 780 years of history gives his insights on life through the teachings of Buddha.

 

We were given this life as a gift, and so it’s our duty to live it to the fullest.  This means thinking not only about ourselves, but being sensitive and considerate to those around us as well.  It means developing new, positive habits and ways of thinking.  Each of us has a role to play in the world, and fulfilling that role is the secret to true happiness.

These 90 tips will bring you harmony and lasting contentment!

• We are constantly in motion, never static

• Everyone and everything is connected

• There is positive to be found in any situation

• Enlightenment brings serenity

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The Caigentan

The Caigentan

These short, easy to understand aphorisms are arranged by topic, making this a perfect book to pick up any time you need some inspiration. 

The Caigentan (psy-gen-tawn) is a 16th century text written by Ming Dynasty scholar and philosopher Hong Zicheng.  With its combination of wisdom from Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, this book has inspired political leaders, thinkers, and businessman for centuries.  

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The Celebrity Life of Kazuyo Katsuma

Celebrity Life of Kazuyo Katsuma

In this semi-autobiographical book, Kazuyo Katsuma, a renowned author and economic analyst, reveals everything about her private life. While her other works focus heavily on business techniques, this book highlights on her personal life – how she became a popular figure in mass media, what she has gained from her fame, the sacrifices she has made, and more.

Why did she aim to become a celebrity in the first place? What benefits and costs were involved? Is there a guaranteed path to become a celebrity? The author suggests that this could be an alternative pathway to becoming a free agent where you end up with no party to rely on. From author’s experience, which she saw as no different to corporate marketing strategy, this book provides practical advises to establish new lifestyle.

From the Introduction:

“I have written this book based on my experience on becoming a celebrity which I happen to come across in recent few years. Having lived all this, I wanted to summarize how you could become a celebrity, what you may gain and lose, as truthfully as possible, before these experiences fade into memories. I hope that this may be of some reference to those who may need such information.”

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The Day Our Factory Surpassed NASA

A Small Factory Closer to Space than NASA

The author, who commits himself to his strong passion in space rocket production while running a small factory in Akabira City in Hokkaido, calls out for “Everyone to have a dream and to strive to make a society that innovatively works to make things better" while describing his own experiences of successfully running his company and developing space rockets at the same time. A book that will move you and give you courage.

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