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Ikigai: Discovering Purpose and Happiness in Japanese Culture

Have you heard of a cultural concept called “ikigai,” a Japanese term which roughly translates to “a reason for being” or “a sense of purpose in life”? Although it’s more of a Western management concept than an actual part of Japanese culture, it is often cited as a key factor in the country’s high levels of happiness and longevity. The concept of ikigai is related to the idea of finding one’s passion or calling in life, and it is often associated with work or vocation. However, it can also refer to more personal or spiritual pursuits, such as raising a family, pursuing a hobby, or serving one’s community.

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