Embracing Rainy Days: How Weather Shaped My Newest Book

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Rainy days have been a staple in Japan recently, which have hindered my outdoor exercises like Nordic walking and jogging. But rather than seeing this as an obstacle, I’ve turned these rainy interludes into periods of increased productivity.

In our culture, we have an adage, Seiko Udoku, meaning “work when the sun shines, read when the rain pours.” For me, this transforms into a silver lining, as the gloomy weather fuels my writing passion.

I’m excited to announce that my latest book is almost complete. The next phase is formatting the manuscript, a process that should wrap up within a week. Then comes the design of an engaging book cover, setting us on track for a publication date of July 10th.

I firmly believe this book will be a catalyst for change. From my perspective, it outshines my previous works, The Ikigai Diet and Ikigai Bio-Hacking. But then again, every author tends to be a little biased towards their newest creation, don’t they?

Reflecting on the idea of Seiko Udoku, it reminds me of the section “Proactive vs. Reactive: Going with the Flow” in Chapter 6 of Ikigai Bio-Hacking. Rather than being rigid in your plans, being adaptable allows you to make the most of your current situation. This flexibility grants a sense of freedom and a calm mind, making happiness a constant presence in your life.

Seiko Udoku is deeply connected to weather patterns; thus, living by this principle aligns you with the rhythm of nature, and possibly the microbial world as well. Rainy days become enjoyable if you find productive tasks to occupy your time. We often label sunny days as “good weather” and rainy days as “bad weather,” but who are we to judge the weather’s worth?

Rain is a blessing in many forms. It nourishes plants and enriches the soil. It might disrupt your biohacking regimen, but in the grander scheme of Mother Earth, that’s a minor hiccup. When you become too engrossed in big data and optimization, you might lose sight of the bigger picture—why you began biohacking in the first place.

Lastly, due to rising printing costs, the price of Ikigai Bio-Hacking will increase to $14.99 starting from June 20th. If you haven’t got your copy yet, I recommend making a purchase before the price hike.


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