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your place to be

Creating your Ibasho – a social niche where you can be yourself

Where is your place to be?  Ibasho is another of my favourite Japanese words – one that describes the community I have built within Ikigai Tribe. Like ikigai, ibasho has no direct translation, is used in daily conversations, and encapsulates both psychology and philosophy. A Japanese-to-English dictionary would translate ibasho as ‘whereabouts; place; location’, but in recent

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authentic relationships

Ibasho as Authentic Relationships

Leisure researcher and regular Ikigai Tribe podcast guest Dr. Shintaro Kono describes ibasho, authentic relationshsips, as the social aspect of ikigai.  While studying keiken, valued life experiences, amongst university students Dr Shintaro Kono noticed a strong effect of ibasho on the experience of ikigai-kan: ‘Our results suggested that students’ ikigai was strongly influenced by ibasho, authentic relationship.

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Ibasho – A Solution to Loneliness

Ibasho is another of my favourite Japanese words – one that describes the community I have built within Ikigai Tribe. Like ikigai, ibasho has no direct translation, is used in daily conversations, and encapsulates both psychology and philosophy. A Japanese-to-English dictionary would translate ibasho as ‘whereabouts; place; location’, but in recent decades the word has been used in relation to belongingness and mental wellbeing.

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Ikizurasa

Ikizurasa

A term you hear often if you visit Japan, ikizurasa: “It’s tough to live”. I think two years ago I was in Hiroshima, right after a conference, in a bookstore. It was just a small bookstore, but there was an entire section on ikizurasa.

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Ikigai, Life Satisfaction & Happiness

Ikigai, Life Satisfaction & Happiness

I personally avoid using ‘ikigai’ and ‘happiness’ interchangeably. The sensation is not something momentary or extreme, like joy or bliss; while it can be associated with a sense that life has meaning, there is no guarantee that this feeling will last forever. I argue that ikigai is deeper and more extensive, providing an ethos and means of orienting towards fulfilment and life satisfaction, rather than ensuring that those feelings will be permanent.

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