• ‘Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?’ - T.S. Eliot I really remember the moment I bought this book, written by Fumio Sasaki. It was in a little bookstore in my hometown. I don’t know why it attracted me (maybe it was just the cool illustration), but when I started reading it, I was astonished. ‘How is it even possible to live with just a few pieces of clothing, a chair and a single plate?!’ If you just started with minimailism, I would not specifically recommend this book. It’s mostly about people who gave almost all their stuff away, which can make you scared, in case you’re afraid of the whole process (which is quite normal). After the book I’m currently reading, I will probably dive more into the world of Japanese minimalism (what this book is about). Especially since I also started to meditate, I became more interested in and attracted to this culture of essentialism and compassion.
Ask yourself what your own goal is with minimalizing stuff, so you can keep in mind why you started. But don’t be afraid when you become better and more radical in the process. That’s normal when the outcomes of something are satisfying.
For me, my books are one of the few things I don’t like to give away. And exactly for that reason, I want you to read this book. It will teach you to say goodbye to the items. And if you’re really missing it... there’s a huge chance that you can buy it again. But usually that’s not the case. It’s definitely worth it. That’s actually the conclusion of the book, and also what I’ve experienced so far. #japaneseminimalism #fumiosasaki #dutchminimalism #essentialism