Minimalist books: We don't need anything anymore. : Norishi Sasaki

Minimalist books: We don't need anything anymore. : Norishi Sasaki (review article)

When I was in high school, I first learned about "minimalist" and was attracted to ideas and researched about minimalists.

Among them, I actually read about this work, which is named as a minimalist recommended book.

This time, I will write the contents and impressions of Norushi Sasaki's "We don't need anything anymore"!


We don't need things anymore. information

Author: Norishi Sasaki

Born in 1979. Born in Kagawa Prefecture. After working in the editorial department of "BOMB" and "STUDIO VOICE", and Wani Books, he became free. His first book, "We Don't Need Things Anymore" (published by Wani Books), has surpassed 160,000 copies and translated into 20 languages.


The author who once felt that I was a "loser" in life looks back on the experience of setbacks so far.

Then, it is noticed that the sense of values caught in the thing connected with a negative emotion about a lot of things.

I was able to reconsider things that are really important in life, not just what is visible.

We will introduce the benefits of happiness gained by throwing away things, the advantages of having fewer things, and minimalist ideas.

We don't need things anymore. substance

Everyone was minimalist.

Only the "things necessary to live" in the Jomon period appeared from life to entertainment and other "things that are not necessary to live".

Nowadays, there are so many things that are not necessary to live that we cannot judge whether they are really necessary.

By returning to life without anything like the Jomon period in the past, you can learn the value of things.

Lying on a small tatami mat or going to a small inn is close to calming your mind.

What the author disposed of

The author is a maximalist who owns a lot of things to make a look, and the thing that I disposed of is quite amazing.

It is a good example that the thing deprives money and space by having disposed of a large amount of things which cannot be written here.

  • Books per bookshelf (1 million yen or more)
  • Compo and CD
  • Electric guitars and amplifiers
  • Antique sundries
  • 42-type TV
  • Set of camera supplies (there was also a darkroom)
  • Bicycles and lots of tools etc.

Minimalist and Zen

You can see the author's many hobbies from the disposal items, but some of them are purchased in good looks and have never touched.

Even if it does not go back to the Jomon period, there is an idea that the Japanese mind is "Zen" which leads to the minimalist.

Apple products that are likes by minimalists are designed with Japanese "Zen" in mind and are re-imported.

Founder Steve Jobs famously aimed to minimize products and companies wearing the same kind of clothing.

Minimalists are the means

Minimalist is a way to find what's important to you.

If you forget that it is a means and aim to be minimalist, you will be morbid in reducing things.

It is careful because it becomes every day only of reducing the thing and being pleased, and it interferes even to other people's belongings.

Information flooding the present day

While the amount of information in society continues to increase, it is difficult to process not only humans but also computers.

In response to the ever-increasing amount of information, we use the old hardware "brain" that has not evolved much since 50,000 years ago.

Even if you enter a lot of information into an old hard, it is difficult to expect the information to process properly and move correctly.

Throwing things away means throwing away the information that comes with it.

If you have fewer things, you don't have to make choices or worries about them, so you can use your thoughts for something else.

Why "what you want" is not lost

We have the property of "getting tired of things", so no rich can get everything they want.

A girl who once rejoiced with a toy ring will grow up and be unsatisfied with any big diamond ring.

The only way to escape the frustrations that you want is to be satisfied with the status quo.

If you are satisfied with what you have and are satisfied with your life, you will be happier than those who have many things.

What you don't need

A lot of what you don't need to come out to be minimalist is mostly to convey "your worth."

I don't know if I don't go out with him for a long time, but what I have conveys its value immediately.

Example) This person must be a knowledgeable and clever person because he has a lot of books.

I don't say that this way of thinking is wrong, partly because the impression of the first meeting is important.

However, if you have too many things to convey yourself, you will surely suffer yourself in the end.

How to be minimalist

The second half shows how to throw away what you don't need for those who are actually looking to be minimalists.

This time, I will introduce the idea that I thought "I see" and actually used it.

  • abandon one's desire not to be thrown away
  • "Now" throw away is the beginning of everything
  • There's nothing to regret throwing away
  • Throw away what is for people's eyes.
  • The city is your "room-up"
  • Throw away things that can't be talked about hotly
  • Rent what you can rent
  • I won't forget just because I threw it away.
  • Reducing things doesn't diminish you.
  • don't have a showdown with few things

Minimalist benefits

I chose three of the merits that I think are "This is!".

I have time.

Since there are few things, it takes less time to them.

Cleaning is such a remarkable example.

There are things: "I'm going to get back→ "wipe" → "undo"

No things: "Wipe"

You can be active.

Since you have few things, you can put it into practice immediately when you have something you want to do.

Ordinary people use a lot of energy, such as packing, canceling services, and disposing of unnecessary things.

It is a minimalist who is said to have many introverted types, but it can also be active because there are few things.

You can taste "now" and "here"

The idea that exists even in mindfulness "I feel here now".

If you are bound by nostalgic things of the past and things that you have to worry about the future, you can not enjoy the present.

Let's moderate possession of things related to the past and the future, and cherish living in the present.

We don't need things anymore. impressions

Nowadays, there are many simple minimalist books in black and white, but I personally like this one better.

There is a color photograph from the place where the cover is over and it is fun!

In the minimalist article of this blog, "thing" is often written as "thing", but it is the influence of this book.

Therefore, it can be said that this book is a big existence for me.

It is also recommended for those who want to be minimalist in that how to throw things away is listed.

Isn't it a book that a minimalist should read at least once?

Other minimalist books