10 thoughts on “ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 断捨離からミニマリストへ

  1. says:

    Some thoughts on Goodbye ThingsMr Sasaki writes about minimalism in maximalist manner A good editor could have cut this book down to the length of a magazine article added a few of the book's photographs and nothing much would have been lost In fact the book could have almost been condensed to the 55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things on the last few pages of the book That would have been true minimalism But then Mr Sasaki wouldn't have had a book to sellMr Sasaki writes about people gaining an identity through the things they have However he's gained an identity as a minimalist by giving things up In a way it's the same deal just going in another directionReading Goodbye Things I felt as if I was listening to a combination TV preacher and motivational speaker Minimalism is the one true religion and you can change your life for the better by converting to minimalismMr Sasaki writes about being an alcoholic he doesn't use the term but to me getting drunk every night and going to work hung over the next morning is being an alcoholic before finding minimalism If finding a minimalism lifestyle worked for him that's great but I doubt that it would be a common cure for alcoholism as he implies This book is an advertisement for Apple and its products I could have done without thatAll of that said I did find some good points in the book and reading it did make me think about my life and some changes I could make to it I know that I have too many things cluttering up my life and as I was reading I found myself getting rid of some things I hadn't used in years and probably never would useI also thought about buying things often for no good reason Until recently I owned two watches one with a black face and a black band and one with a light colored face and a brown band I know people who don't even own a watch and just look at their phone if they need to know the time The watch with the brown band started losing time after about 25 years so I decided to replace it I bought an relatively inexpensive but solid watch from LL Bean that I figure will last me for a good many years If I had read this book a week ago I would have stuck to one watch and would have been happy with itMr Sasaki also writes about valuing things that we have and not growing tired of them because they're no longer new or novel To me that's a very important concept There are things in our home that I value and clothes that I enjoy wearing even though they're far from being newThe book also makes the point that by placing less value on things and by becoming less attached and involved with those things we may become involved with the people in our lives That's probably true and certainly a good thing A good uote from the book p253 Because I don't own very much I have the luxury of timeIn the end I wasn't converted I want to sleep on a real mattress on a bed I like to read books with paper pages not words illuminated on a screen If Mr Sasaki reads non e book books it's only at the library they don't seem to be welcome in his home I don't want to listen to recorded music played through computer speakers or through ear buds or head phones I no doubt have clothes than I need though I'm very far from being whatever the male version of a fashionista is called but I enjoy changing what I wear Three white shirts shown in the photograph of Mr Sasaki's closet wouldn't do it for me Another Goodreads reviewer of this book uoted William Morris Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful That says it for me much so than minimalism does My rating five stars for the ideas presented two stars for the manner in which they were presented so three

  2. says:

    Am now a minimalist

  3. says:

    I've read a couple of books on minimalist lifestyle and this is one of the best in my opinion I especially like that all the photos included with the book are at the start helps to make the book appealing You can see from them not only single persons but also a couple a family and a traveling person's backpack contents though only scarf can be counted as clothes in it which leaves me wondering about the rest of the clothes that could be thereThis includes the author's own pictures and comments deeper in the book on how he made a journey from maximalist lots of stuff to minimalist one He certainly has reached a satisfying point doing this and offers now his thoughts and ideas on how to do it etc First chapter defines what a minimalist is and what it means to be one plus some reasons for its popularity Second chapter talks about why we are or have been maximalists In the third chapter we finally get ways to reduce our possessions And in chapters four and five we read about positive changes that becoming minimalist has given to the author and many others Then there are very grateful and unusually cute afterwords and thank yous plus finally two lists of the tips explained in the third chapter handily attached at the endThe author benefited much from the change No need to compare himself to others no heaviness of all the things no feeling of 'my possessions my worthiness' no dissatisfaction with bad habits He relates to people better feels grateful and happy easier dares to try new things and experiences This book is a Japanese point of view but not too different He's clearly a Steve Jobs fan lolI like that he stresses that each one of us can define our own level of minimalism It's merely a method of reducing possessions to the one that are necessary and truly matter to us and not owning just to pretend or 'someday I'll do' things There is so repeat but so lightly it didn't manage to annoy me at all Everything is just said so cheerfully calmly and not pushy The author clearly loves minimalism and this letting go of things has none of the 'hello trees hello sky' ism of the Konmari method it is mentioned in the book but brieflyI think that if you want only one book on minimalism and how to do it it is this oneMyself I think I will aim somewhere in between minimalism and the maximalist ends for reasons I like chairs and beds with legs all the getting up from the floor is not my thing want to own enough clothes to fill the washing machine properly having just 3 shirts won't doand my books movies and music I prefer to have as visible things I don't own these to show off and do seriously cherish them; if I don't they don't stay no worries So perhaps I will own than minimalism might be like but getting rid of maximalism is perhaps the best intention for me now Then again who knows what the future will be like?

  4. says:

    Sasaki’s photographs in the beginning of this book jolt one awake to what he means by minimalism Some people are so radical that it makes the rest of us look like hoarders But by the end of this very simply written and superbly argued short book most of the arguments we have for cluttering our space and complicating our lives are defeated One must recognize at some point that whatever dreams are mixed up in purchases we have made the potential of the ideas uickly fade when not acted on immediately as in when the objects are “saved” for something we vaguely anticipate in the future In the minimalist outlook objects should do some kind of worthwhile duty even if that duty is to make us happy or please our senses When objects become a burden or chastise us by their silent immobility collecting dust literally taking up the space we need to breathe we can give them away throw them out auction them off or otherwise get them out of our lives so that some potential can grow back into our ideas That means even books we bought with the intention to read but which make us sad every time we look at themBut don’t take my word for it Sasaki really does have an answer for every possible objection you may have For instance #37 Discarding memorabilia is not the same as discarding memories Sasaki uotes Tatsuya Nakazaki “Even if we were to throw away photos and records that are filled with memorable moments the past continues to exist in our memoriesAll the important memories that we have inside us will naturally remain” I am not convinced this is so at every stage of life but think there is a natural life to what we need in terms of archival items If your children don’t want it you don’t need to keep all of it Keep the ones that matter onlyNote that Sasaki recommends scanning documents like old letters that are important to you because you can’t go out and buy another if you find you were too radical in your culling However even the archival record becomes a burden when it becomes too large unless well marked with dates etc He admits that letting go of those stored memories is a further step in true minimalist livingThe freedom one experiences when one owns fewer things is undeniable Sasaki expresses the joy he experiences when he visits a hotel or a friend who uses big bath towels He’d limited himself to a microfiber uick drying hand towel for all his household needs and enjoyed the lack of big loads of washing at home and using big thick towels while he was out a twofer of happinessWe are encouraged to find our own minimalism Everyone has their own limits and definition The author explains that #15 Minimalism is a method and a beginning The concept is like a prologue and the act of minimizing is a story that each practitioner needs to create individually We definitely don’t need all we have and the things we own aren’t who we are We are still us underneath all the stuff Some people will find this reassuring; others may find it disconcertingAt the end of this small book Sasaki reminds us the clarity that comes with minimalism Concentration is easier Waste is minimized Social relationships are enhanced You don’t need forty seconds in a disaster to decide what to take You live in the nowThe translation of this book is fantastic by Eriko Sugita It does not read like a translation but as an intimate sharing by someone who has been through the hard work of paring down one’s possessions so that his own personality shines through It is a kind of gift Even if one doesn’t throw a thing away I heartily doubt that will be the case after or during the reading of this book the notions are seeds Gratitude grows in the absence of things

  5. says:

    Fumio Sasaki takes minimalism to an entirely new level I could not live in such a fundamental environment I need beauty and plant life; my home is my sanctuary not just a place to sleep This lifestyle works for him and others I am sure but just not for me I much prefer William Morris's uote Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful

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    So you thought Marie Kondo was funny when she told us to get rid of the garbage in our homes and to only keep the stuff that gave us sparks of joy? Well Fumio Sasaki goes deeper he says it's awesome that there are things that give us those sparks of joy and he tells us to get rid of them all Fumio is a minimalist and I dare say an extremist too he got rid of 95% of the stuff he used to own including hundreds of books CDs DVDs expensive multimedia devices and fancy clothes and many other pretty and pricey things together with the big apartment that stored it all I think that's really impressive even if I don't want to follow his steps Fumio says many interesting things in his book about many sides of owning things and how this owning becomes a burden at some point and even a blockage for our energy dreams and ambitions and even our self esteem He's a follower of danshari which means decluttering not just as a home cleaning ritual but a whole lifestyle Together with Naoki Numahata Sasaki writes a blog but the text is all in Japanese alas so here's the link to the article about mr Numahata and his many minimalist friends google about Sasaki yourself And here's one about danshari if you care to learn about it Because I do My only problem with the book was that it needed a stricter editor so it would avoid unnecessary repeating We surely learn better through repeating but this one was supposed to be minimalist wasn't it?

  7. says:

    “Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking” ― Fumio Sasaki Goodbye Things The New Japanese MinimalismI wasn't a fan of the writing Perhaps I went in expecting of a Zen minimalism asthetic Perhaps I am just comparing it to other designliving books that seemed to resonate better S M L XL A Place of My Own The Education of an Amateur Builder Wabi Sabi For Artists Designers Poets Philosophers etc By the end of the book it all just seemed overwrittenoverhyped So 2 starsIt also seemed like a bit too self help too superficial too list oriented I felt I was given a bunch of bullet points for tossing out things that never traveled very deep I also and I've seen this expressed by others find it odd that a book on minimalism would have a list 55 items long Perhaps Sasaki could have slimmed that list down to 25? Some of the items seemed a bit redundant and others seemed a bit weak Even Sasaki's explanation for they why seemed a bit superficial Also I wasn't a fan of the corporate minimalism He name dropped Apple and Steve Jobs also Google Dropbox Facebook Twitter etc as if the New Japanese Minimalism existed in an app on the iPhone Hell it probably doesThat all said however it DID encourage me to drop off a couple boxes of books to Goodwill and start ditching some dishes in our kitchen and clothes in our closet So I gave it an extra star three stars for JUST that

  8. says:

    I’m not interested in becoming this extreme of a minimalist nor did this book hold my attention though I did finish it This is super extremeas in you only need one fork and nothing on the walls as in you don’t need chairs if you “host” your friends at a local restaurant and use the local cafe as your living room I found the sweeping generalization that you cannot lead a life of gratitude whilst owning a lot of things to be a little offputting not to mention very subjectiveOverall I didn’t care for the writing or the method I couldn’t relate to much of this book because unlike the author I don’t worry about what others think of me nor did I amass items to impress people or attempt to be like them Also I’m not sure how warm it is in Japan but just the winter gear I packed away this weekend is easily than every item the author owns Also the narrator sounded like an agitated American cop and that was just odd 15 stars

  9. says:

    I received an advanced copy from Goodreads and was to be honest skeptical at first Hasn't Marie Kondo already turned the minimalism trend around? Sasaki's book is his own however He is a humble and honest guide throughout the book Sasaki offers insights on minimalism through his own mind and life I really enjoyed reading the book It felt very cleansing like taking a shower at the end of a long dayI took notes throughout the book for personal reference Here is a slice Our minds are old uneuipped for technological overload You get used to things you buy They're only new and shiny for a week or a month Why less possessions? You get less messages sent from them Messages the connotations You know that old composition notebook that's half written in You don't want to waste the rest of the unwritten pages You have to use it Yes you'll use it tomorrow for a grocery list But there are so many pages left to finish writing in Tomorrow comes you forget to use it And it still sits on your desk and you're still convinced you'll use it

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    I received this book for free through Goodreads First ReadsNothing better than throwing out everything you own to make space for nothing All you need is a bed that doubles as a couch one set of dishes to cook and eat off of and one towel to dry said dishes and yourself off with What an easy peasy simplified lifeARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME??? ONE TOWEL FOR EVERYTHING???That was the moment I realized a minimalist lifestyle was not for me I know the author says to each their own and not everyone will go as lean as others and they for sure are not reuired to That a person should make living with less work for them in their own way and all that but seriouslyone freaking towel That towel stands for everything I own that is a comfort object I work hard to have what I deem necessary and for what I enjoy I want a towel to dry my dishes with and I want a separate extremely fluffy huge ass towel to dry my bum with I want to walk around in that towel lay around in that towel wrap that towel around my hair and just be cuddly warm and happy in it however I want I do not want said towel to dry off a freshly washed glass after coming in contact with my ass just like I do not want said towel to wipe down the counter and then my face NOPE NOT HAPPENINGI get that throwing out stuff does simplify life but like most things in life going to the extreme is not the best way to have at it I see that saving money by not owning all of the crap frees you up to travel to work less pursue hobbies you love and so on but what if owning a super comfy towel is one of the things you love most? Said towel is not a status symbol for me it didn’t cost me a lot of money and it doesn’t take up a lot of space It is the thing I seek and enjoy after a nice long hot shower It stands for the simple things I appreciate the most in life The basic little things that make it all worth it the things our mind defaults to in a pinchWowthat was uite a rant Pretty sure I am arguing against nothing and I probably missed the main point of the book somewhere along the way or I received it and didn’t care I’m going to go with option two here because I feel like the length of the book was a bit much and it pulled my mind away from the main point Which is kind of comical considering the book is supposed to be about less being I think my rant is just me trying to entertain myself because I usually do agree with the subject matter’s line of thinking I love throwinggiving away my excess and do try to live with only what I need and ENJOY emphasis on enjoy This read just didn’t do it for me and has been relegated to the not helping me at all pile of self help books

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ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 断捨離からミニマリストへ [PDF / EPUB] ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 断捨離からミニマリストへ The best selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy lifeFumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular g The best selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy lifeFumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need The effects were remarkable Sasaki gained true freedom new focus and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him In Goodbye Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone and Sasaki’s humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism’s potential.

  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 断捨離からミニマリストへ
  • Fumio Sasaki
  • English
  • 13 May 2016
  • 9780393609035

About the Author: Fumio Sasaki

Fumio Sasaki is the former co editor in chief of Wani Books and lives in a suare foot apartment in Tokyo furnished with a small wooden box a desk and a roll up futon pad.