Maneki Neko: The Japanese Secret to Good Luck and Happiness (Hardcover)
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What does "good luck" look like and how do you achieve it? Lucky symbols, lucky numbers, lucky charms and luck-creating rituals--how is it that a disciplined and hard-working country like Japan is so invested in the idea of luck? And what, exactly, does "good luck" mean? This insightful book--by a leading expert on the subject--explores the ways in which "good luck" symbols and rituals in Japan are used in tandem with diligence and a positive attitude to help people overcome life's many twists, turns and bad patches. It explores how customs and beliefs play a vital role in creating positive expectations and outcomes--and includes practical exercises for bringing good fortune and happiness into your own life. Author Nobuo Suzuki acquaints us with beloved Japanese icons of luck, prosperity, and goal-setting and explains what they truly represent--including Maneki Neko (the "Lucky Cat"), Daruma (the "Lucky Buddha") and the Seven Lucky Gods of Good Fortune. We even meet some quirky and much beloved modern Japanese symbols of luck like the "Golden Poop" (yes, you read that right ). And we learn how these symbols all foster a sense of community which contributes to the happiness and well-being of all individuals in Japan. With this book, luck becomes a matter of self-understanding and connection to others rather than something that exists outside of ourselves and other people. It is an integral part of life and learning to shape out a destiny for ourselves that we can view with pride and contentment.
Nobuo Suzuki was born in 1968 and has dedicated his life to studying new aspects and approaches to philosophy and psychology. After traveling all around Asia, he developed a method of connecting Zen beliefs with art therapies, and now works with clients seeking alternative ways of approaching their life issues. He loves playing piano and writing about his trips and recording his reflections. He is the author of Wabi Sabi: The Wisdom in Imperfection. Foreword by Hector Garcia. Born in Spain, he has called Japan his home for more than 15 years. His popular blog kirainet.com led to his internationally successful book A Geek In Japan. Along with Francesc Miralles, he is the co-author of the bestselling Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Ikigai Journey and Forest Bathing.