February 13, 2014

Live with the minimum in a society of excess

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Live with the minimum in a society of excess

More and more people choose this philosophy of life that invites you to get rid of the material to be enriched by the experiences.

In a society like Japan where consumerism is almost a national sport, more and more Japanese choose to dispose of the material and take a minimalist life, they say, allows them to enjoy an overwhelming freedom.

Twenty clothes is all that keeps in his closet Fumio Sasaki, a Japanese minimalism seduced that just two years ago. In its 66 square feet floor it has a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner and electric toothbrush, but no trace of other everyday items such as chairs, a desk or a bed.

No need, said to Efe, it has “indispensable”.

Aware of it was when he started practicing this philosophy of life that invites you to get rid of the material to be enriched by the experience, a way of life that attracts more and more Japanese.

Books and clothes piled before the furniture gone. At 36 he no longer worries about having to organize a lot of things, it does not compare with other people by having more or less, nor anguish figures.

“I was struck by the overwhelming freedom that offers this kind of life,” reflects this editorial employee established in Tokyo, one of the most frenetic cities.

“There is also a movement that proposes simply put 15 things in a backpack,” he explains.

The benchmark for this trend is the American Andrew Hyde, whose “extreme minimalism” has gone around the world. At one point in your life, this precursor decided to sell everything he had (except 15 objects) to embark on a journey through 42 countries.

Attracted by this concept, Fumio also has its own knapsack in which charge a MacBook Air, mobile wi-fi, Kindle e-book reader, a book and a battery charger, plus socks and some underwear.

“With only this can work anywhere, and I have enough entertainment whenever you travel,” he explains.

Although the path chosen in Fumio is one of the most austere, this minimalist ensures that everyone has their own conscience minimalism, and “there is having few things at home, but feel that what you have is amazing for you.”

So does Elisa Sasaki, a Japanese 37-year old who sees minimalism “a tool to focus on what’s important.”

In his case, the trigger was a study tour abroad where he survived for a month with a single carry-on bag.

That was the turning point in your lifestyle. Although since the twenties had chosen to wear “simple life” after an opulent childhood, last year his wardrobe was drastically reduced (20 garments and 6 pairs of shoes) and his room became an open space.

“Possessing things carries the responsibility to manage them, so it is important to carefully select your belongings. The time comes to reduce this interval you need to manage your possessions just leaves you time to do what you like,” says Elisa.

The small size of housing in the Japanese cities, it reaches one in Tokyo where the residences of singles are around 66 square feet, it is one of the factors that is driving the growth of this trend.

A sample of this growing interest is the fact that some bookstores as Sanseido Bookstore branch of Tokyo’s Yurakucho district have enabled dedicated to minimalism in their stores spaces.

Exemplary volume written by Fumio, “Bokutachi nor wa mou hitsuyounai monkey” is (for us the material is no longer necessary), which spreads his philosophy of life and already sold 150,000 copies in Japan.

“At first I thought my book was designed to be read in a city like Tokyo, where apartments often have a small footprint and life is lonely, but I was wrong, there are readers across the country” reflects the author.

Many opt for the method to leaf through: buy it, read it and sell it to avoid continue storing books that may never reopen, without giving the opportunity to devour a new enriching exemplary.

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