by Fumio Sasaki
“Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism” offers specific tips on the minimizing process and reveals how the new minimalist movement can not only transform the space but truly enrich the life. Fumio Sasaki is the author of this book. Sasaki is the former co-editor-in-chief of Wani Books and lives in a 215-square-foot apartment in Tokyo, furnished with a small wooden box, a desk, and a roll-up futon pad. Fumio is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo.
He is just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. His book “Goodbye, Things” helps us let go of items that sparked joy but we weren’t actually using or taking good care of. The first part of the book is practical advice, and though he includes references to minimalist friends with spouses, hobbies, and children, it’s mostly oriented toward people like himself. All the advice is still pretty good. The best part of the book is the second half, where he talks at length about the changes minimalism had made in his inner life.