Fumio Sasaki, the author of “Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism,” talks about how owning less is the key to feeling happier with life. Sasaki has adopted an extreme Japanese minimalism lifestyle and only has just 20 things in his closet. He lives in a 20 meter one bedroom apartment in Tokyo and doesn’t have any furniture. Owning less isn’t about the money. Mr. Sasaki made a conscious choice to make do with less and says that he could not be happier.
Sasaki was not always the enlightened minimalist that he is today. At one time he was just a regular guy who was stressed because he was always comparing himself to others and coming up short. Sasaki decided that it was time to change his life by getting rid of everything but the bare minimum. He detached himself from things to live an orderly, clean life. Sasaki prefers to spend his time creating memories with friends and family or travelling. He values experiences over things and says that the benefits of such a philosophy on life has been remarkable. Without a lot of things, Sasaki is free to travel and experience real peace of mind. Leaving his things behind has helped him learn to appreciate the present.
In the book, Sasaki shares his personal experience and offers tips on how minimalism can help you live a simpler, happier life. According to Sasaki, minimalism can be attained by anyone. Sasaki talks about the process and how profound the experience has been for him.