Tag: Okinawan culture

  • Ikigai, a Japanese philosophy for a balanced lifestyle

    Ikigai, a Japanese philosophy for a balanced lifestyle

    Ikigai or 生き甲斐 (pronounced ee-kee-guy) is a Japanese philosophy from the Okinawa islands. Iki 生き means “alive” or “life” in Japanese, and Gai 甲斐 defines as “value” or “worth”. It is, in fact, very similar to the French “Raison d’Être”. Ikigai literally means “reasons for being”. In short, it is what is motivating you to…