Japanese Wisdom to Enrich Your Life


Do you believe money can’t buy you love? I may be too old to believe in such a naïve world as the Beatles sang. According to Daniel Kahneman, a genius winning a Nobel Prize in 2002, money can buy you happiness. No rush. I didn’t mean like “Hey look! There’s nothing more to life than money!” His point is nothing like that, because his words continued, “as long as your annual income is less than 75,000 dollars.” He raised a serious problem for us. The more we get paid, the more likely we are to lose an ability to enjoy life. Money is not omnipotent. Let’s learn from the wisdom of our ancestors to make life happy without relation to money.

Before the COVID pandemic, I flew around the world, which taught me many unique points of Japan. One of which impressed me a lot is difference in tableware. It’s not about design, by the way. In Japan, it’s rare to serve various food in one plate/bowl all together. Different types of food are not mixed but served in different plates/bowls selected depending on the color of food, the seasons, etc. I imagine this habit was formed by wisdom to enjoy life independently of money. During Edo period (1603 – 1868), the daily meal of common people, for almost 365 days a year, was so frugal—only rice, vegetable pickles, and miso soup. Imagine if pickles were just put on rice. I’m sure many people would have lost all their hopes and died.

Canyon Dining Solid Wood Table

I don’t know exactly why we have the habit, but my imagination would not be largely wrong. One thing for sure is it is essential to make such small efforts to get our lives free from the spell of money. Now, we finally got to the punch line of this article. Why don’t you get our dining furniture to enrich your daily meal?


Shungo Ijima

He is travelling around the world. His passion is to explain Japan to the world, from the unique viewpoint accumulated through his career: overseas posting, MBA holder, former official of the Ministry of Finance.

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