Saturday 7 December 2019

Book Review: The Little Book of Japanese Living by Yutaka Yazuwa (Travel/Non-Fiction/Culture)

Title: The Little Book of Japanese Living
Author: Yutaka Yazawa
White Lion Publishing

Publication Date: 11 February 2020
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


With nearly 60 per cent of us living in cities, the mega-city of Tokyo, through centuries of raze and rebuild, is surely the guiding light for how we can live together amicably in an ever-urbanising world.

Not only is Japan the mother of all metropolis’ but with two thirds of the country covered in forest, there is still much respect and celebration of the natural world, with people perfectly placed to make the most of the green space around them. From the art of making tea, to going for a hike, or celebrating imperfections, there are ceremonies the Japanese have been honing for centuries that thrive alongside modern traditions and practices of well-being.

From Japanese writer, Yutaka Yazawa, The Little Book of Japanese Living is the pocket edition of his popular insider guide to the country of Japan, full of inspiration and insight to help you experience the very best of Japanese design, cookery, philosophy, and culture. So get outdoors, be gracious to your neighbour and start harmonizing your all too busy life. 

Though compact, as the title suggests, The Little Book of Japanese Living contains a wealth of information that encompasses history, culture and language. As someone currently learning Japanese, I appreciated the inclusion of kanji/kana alongside the romanised rendering of any Japanese terms and names. This was a quick read, but one I feel I would like to return to. Therefore, I do plan to buy a copy for my shelf once the book releases next year. Recommended for anyone interested in Japanese history and culture who is looking for a simple place to start.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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