I’ve just started reading Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki, which has opened my eyes to an approach to radical minimalism. I like the part where he describes “the Japanese once-minimalist lives”, what they used to be like, and the minimalist movement that has come back to Japan.
There is something really Japanese about some people’s obsession with tidy spaces. But Japanese society has never encouraged me to become a minimalist. Japan has one of the highest consumption rates on the planet, and mass quantities of new products flow into the markets every single day. This is what I see every time I go to Tokyo, and it’s overwhelming compared to European society, which I have lived in for the past seven years.
“There’s happiness in having less. That’s why it’s time to say goodbye to all our extra things.” – Fumio Sasaki
I follow this idea and love a minimalist life.
What influenced me most in the past was the natural lifestyle in Switzerland. I stopped turning on the lights when it was bright outside (electric lights glare all over Tokyo 24-hours a day), and stopped buying gadgets, extra clothes and cosmetics (my skincare and make-up became much simpler, and my skin condition is much better now). I started feeling a great appreciation for old stuff used for a long time. This has given me internal happiness and satisfaction with simple living.
It’s really nice to read a new insight into Japanese minimalist lives, and I’ll enjoy reading the book!