The Greatest Irish, Japanese "Nonfiction" Books Since 2010

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 280 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

    "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" is a practical guide that offers a fresh perspective on decluttering and organizing one's home. The author introduces the KonMari Method, a systematic approach to tidying that encourages individuals to keep only items that truly spark joy in their lives. Through insightful anecdotes and step-by-step instructions, the book provides valuable insights on how tidying can lead to a transformative and joyful lifestyle.

  2. 2. We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O'Toole

    "We Don't Know Ourselves" by Fintan O'Toole is a collection of essays that explores the current state of Ireland and its people. O'Toole argues that Ireland's sense of identity has been shaped by its history of colonization and the struggle for independence, but that this identity is now being challenged by globalization and the changing social and economic landscape. He examines issues such as immigration, the Catholic Church's declining influence, and the rise of nationalism, and ultimately argues that Ireland needs to embrace a new sense of identity that is inclusive and forward-thinking.

  3. 3. The Power To Compete by Hiroshi Mikitani, Ryoichi Mikitani

    This book delves into the economic challenges facing Japan, offering a dialogue between a father, an economist, and his son, a successful entrepreneur. Together, they explore the reasons behind Japan's stagnation and propose solutions to revitalize its economy. They argue that Japan needs to embrace innovation, deregulation, and entrepreneurship to regain its competitive edge in the global market. The book combines a deep understanding of economic principles with practical insights from the business world, making a compelling case for structural reforms and a new mindset to power Japan's comeback on the world stage.

  4. 4. Honouring High Places by Junko Tabei

    "Honouring High Places" is a compelling collection of autobiographical stories chronicling the remarkable life of the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The book offers a deeply personal account of the challenges she faced, from societal expectations in Japan and the physical demands of climbing to the joys and tragedies encountered on her expeditions. Through her vivid storytelling, the author paints a picture of her groundbreaking climbs, her dedication to environmental issues, and her commitment to encouraging women to embrace adventure and challenge gender norms in the world of mountaineering.

  5. 5. The Beauty Of Everyday Things by Soetsu Yanagi

    The book is a reflective exploration of the philosophy and appreciation of craftsmanship, particularly in the context of Japanese folk art. It delves into the aesthetic and spiritual qualities of ordinary objects, emphasizing the beauty found in simplicity, imperfection, and the natural patina that comes with age and use. The author argues for the value of handcrafted items, suggesting that they possess an inherent life and character often absent in mass-produced goods. Through a series of essays, the work invites readers to reconsider their relationship with the everyday items that surround them, fostering a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical significance of artisanal practices.

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