It is hygge to sit by the fire and look at the fire, and it can be our Ikigai, as well. Ikigai is a Japanese word meaning something that has value in life, something that makes us feel happy that we live. It can be a simple joy in our everyday life or a life mission that motivates us to keep going.
A wood-burning stove is more like a daily joy, but it has a deeper feeling than just a simple pleasure because it is part of our sustainable life. By using firewood that we collected from Satoyama, we are circulating the resources and we feel more connected to the mother earth. Fire is one of the four elements, as well as the Chinese five elements, and therefore by looking at the fire, we can feel more in tune with the natural kingdom.
The Ikigai Diet: The Secret Japanese Diet to Health and Longevity