The Ikigai Diet Book Has Ranked in the Top Five Amazon Next Publishing Best Sellers

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I am so happy to announce that my book, The Ikigai Diet: The Secret Japanese Diet to Health and Longevity, has ranked in the top five best sellers sold on Amazon among the Next Publishing authors.

Thank you very much for reading the book.

Next Publishing Authors’ Press is a Japanese paperback self-publishing platform that publishes POD books on Amazon’s KDP platform.

Because Amazon’s KDP didn’t deal with paperback books until the end of 2021, Japanese authors could only publish e-books. Then several Japanese publishers set up a system to help them publish paperback books on Amazon, and Next Publishing Authors’ Press has been one of the biggest ones.

Hundreds of authors publish books through Next Publishing Authors’ Press.

Every week, they announce the top five best-sellers among those books.

My Japanese book called Hyakusho Revolution has been ranked in the top five before. It has been ranked third and second. Not the first, unfortunately. There is one champion book that has been number one for over a year, and no other book has been able to beat it. The book won the Grand Prix in the Nekupabu POD Award 2022, which is an award given by Next Publishing Authors’ Press. The Ikigai Diet won the outstanding performance award in it.

212 people who have published a book through NextPublishing Authors Press participated in the Award contest,  and seven people won the jury’s special award, five people won the outstanding performance award, and among the five who won the outstanding performance award, one person was selected to be the Grand Prix winner.

The Ikigai Diet Has Won the Outstanding Performance Award of the Nekupabu POD Award 2022

So, that means I was among the five people who won the outstanding performance award, and Edit room:H won the Grand Prix, and her book, which is about investment, has been the number one bestseller for over a year.


The red book in the center is the one next to The Ikigai Diet.

And now, The Ikigai Diet has ranked fifth for the first time.

I wonder if The Ikigai Diet can break the record and rank at the top.  My other book Hyakusho Revolution hasn’t been able to do it, and Hyakusho Revolution is a very popular book. It has many more reviews than The Ikigai Diet, and it is selling like crazy with word of mouth. There is even a Facebook page, not the one I set up, but some of the readers did.

The Ikigai Diet is unique that it is the only book published in English, and the audience is different, which is disadvantageous when it comes to book promotion.

This press release page is in Japanese and targets the Japanese audience.

Winning the award was fantastic; I received the prize money, which was quite a large sum, showing the seriousness of the award, and the fact that my work was recognized, yet, since it isn’t known abroad, it didn’t help so much for the promotion.

On the other hand, the English-speaking market is way bigger than the Japanese market, so the book has so much potential.

As I said in this video, I am not so concerned about becoming number one.

Ranking fifth is already good enough, and I am so happy about it. That means many people have bought the book, and I deeply appreciate you for reading my book.

Yet, now I feel that I want the book to reach more people since I now know it offers benefits to many people.

The book can support the wellness of thousands of people worldwide, and unfortunately, information regarding Japanese dietary culture, you know, the healthy ones, there are healthy Japanese dietary cultures and unhealthy ones, hasn’t been published so much in English.

If the book is ranked top in Next Publishing Amazon’s best sellers, it will definitely reach a lot more people. It may not have a promotion effect overseas, but the fact that many people have bought it will definitely influence its future outcome.

Here are reviews on Amazon.


Amazon Customer
Perfect, Simple and an Easy Read.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 12, 2022

Sachiaki Takamiya does a great job of laying out the foundations of the blue zones diet, the traditional Japanese diet and his diet, The Ikigai Diet, in a way that is easy to read. It does not call for strict adherence to any one thing and allows for a lot of flexibility. His message is to bring vibrant health, happiness and hope to each person who reads his book and practices this diet. The book is not just about food and how we’ve damaged our bodies through improper consumption, it is about finding a meaning to our lives in a harmonious way. I have been through my own health journeys and have tried on many, many diets. It’s great to now have a concise guide and a relaxing book that I can read multiple times as I navigate my new habits. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

Sarah Hurton
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 17, 2022

I have been interested in health and diet for years now, and have tried many different paradigms. Some have had benefits but all seemed unbalanced in one way or another. The Ikigai Diet provides the balance I have been looking for! Finally! I am very excited to start putting these ideas into practice! ありがとうございます!

Rearden Steele
Well Worth Reading
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 11, 2022

This book delves into the past of Japan and integrates all of it with modern life everywhere: eating, philosophy completely on the personal level.

Most specifically an important part of the book is giving each a reader a sense of what the significance and or consequence if any might be if he does not always do the right thing. The author is a good natured man pleasantly moving you along into a successful overall life as a centenarian.

Charles Nelson
If you absorb and “follow” the guidelines in this book, you’ll definitely become a Centenarian!
Reviewed in Japan 🇯🇵 on May 24, 2022

This book NEEDS to be on your Longevity/Bio-hacking bookshelf.

Written by the author Sachiaki Takamiya, this book gives you a rare glimpse of the “Traditional Japanese Diet”, focusing on “Longevity” and what Japanese Centenarians consume in Japan. The author also dives into Biohacking concepts that where extremely informative. Definitely a must read!

J. H. van Straten
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 18, 2020

I’ve been informally reading up and following research about health and nutrition for many years now (I must own in excess of 100 books on the subject at this stage). It is fair to say that the vast majority of dietary advice/literature pick one of the major modern trends and then try to put a fresh spin or emphasis on the chosen dogma. So it was with very little expectation that I bought (the 1st edition of) Sachiaki Takamiya’s book when Amazon suggested it after another purchase.

To my surprise the little book offered a significant departure from the usual trends. In fact I was so impressed by the 1st edition that I quickly acquired this 2nd (expanded) edition when it became available.

The Ikigai Diet shows a fresh (from a Western cultural point of view) perspective on diet and lifestyle. This unique Japanese approach focuses on practicality and details a new take on the traditional Japanese diet without compromising current scientific consensus.

While exploring many interesting lifestyle issues, the thinking of the Japanese natural food movement and differences in diet and lifestyle between long and short lived populations in Japan, the main focus of the book is on Ma-Go-Wa-Ya-Sa-Shi-I, an acronym to describe the ideal composition of a healthy meal.

If you are tired of complex dietary advice and wish for someone to just-tell-me-how-it’s-done-already (in a fresh new way), then this is the book for you.

Amazon Customer
I like this book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 3, 2022

I am vegan for a couple of years. I learned something new from this book. I practiced intermittent fasting with more or less of a success. I find it interesting the way author practice it. I will try it too.

Ren Dechen
Fantastic book
Reviewed in Australia 🇦🇺 on September 10, 2021

Just loved this book, read it in one sitting.

The author, in an enthusiastic and easy-going manner, gives a comprehensive overview of the way he and his community live this very healthy, happy lifestyle. He explains the history of all the regions in Japan that are feted in the West as being Blue Zone, ie active centenarians.

He also references the dietary and movement experts of this lifestyle in both Japan and in the West, as well as presenting a nice summary at the end of each section so the reader can keep track of all his great recommendations.

He has lived in western countries, so understands how we live differently. Thus he gives helpful recommendations for people living different lifestyles and/or in different regions.

I will be recommending this to all my friends and family.


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