It is extraordinary that Japanese men's longevity ranks 4th in the world, while Japanese women's ranks 2nd. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of ikigai is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do. In their professional careers, in their relationships with family members, in the hobbies they cultivate so meticulously.Ken Mogi identifies five key pillars to ikigai:Pillar 1: Starting smallPillar 2: Releasing yourselfPillar 3:Harmony and sustainabilityPillar 4:The joy of little thingsPillar 5:Being in the here and nowThe Japanese talk about ikigai as 'a reason to get up in the morning'. It is something that keeps one's enthusiasm for life going, whether you are a cleaner of the famous Shinkansen bullet train, the mother of a newborn child or a Michelin-starred sushi chef. The Five Pillars at the heart of everything they do.But how do you find your own ikigai? How does ikigai contribute to happiness? Neuroscientist and bestselling Japanese writer Ken Mogi provides an absorbing insight into this way of life, incorporating scientific research and first-hand experience, and providing a colourful narrative of Japanese culture and history along the way.
The final book in the Little Books series, The Little Book of Talk, covers one of the main aspects of communication and language, the speaking aspect! Packed with exciting and engaging activities both indoors and outdoors, the book will help you encourage children to get talking!
The Little Book of Stock Market Facts and Fictions
This fully updated Little Book offers practitioners step-by-step activities for clay and other malleable materials with children in the Foundation Stage. All the activities make use of materials and equipment that can be found in the setting or bought easily and cheaply and will need little preparation.
The Little Book of Free and Found Resources supports practitioners in sourcing unique, free resources to enrich the curriculum, encouraging children’s creative use of the objects in their free and found collection. The focus is very much on outdoor play.