Ultimate Level of Self-Organization

It’s been quite some time since I wrote an article last time!

Looking back, I realized that my constant efforts to make actions based on a little bit of self-analysis everyday for growth and innovation made me decide a series of changes for the past few months.  It’s less than a year after I started my blog based on the suggestion by Prof. Yoko Ishikura of the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University.


Why did I sell my precious sports car and apartment with a small garden which I never ever thought about selling until March?  Because I found the huge gaps between 1) what I believed in and what I actually had been doing, and 2) the life that I am currently enjoying/the future image of my ideal life and what I currently own.  After I found about the gaps and decided to adjust as quickly as possible, to my surprise, everything went smoothly.


Of course, my cataract slowly gets worse but I would like to continue the special diet, improvement of work efficiency at office, minimization of the use of laptop at home, and a life at the mountain hut during the weekend.  These are all that I had been doing in order to prevent my cataract from getting worse quickly.  Now, I decided to focus on these things and abandon others.  By getting rid of unnecessary things, I am able to live light but to still focus on important things.  When I started this Danshari (minimalism), I was quite surprised how much unnecessary things I kept at home.  Do not need “good to have”.  Focus on “need to have”.


I first analyzed what I have/what I would like to maintain and how, and any risks associated with them.

1)    Life at the mountain hut

ü  Appropriate to have a sports car?  Summer time is perfect but what about during winter? Need four-wheel drive with snow tires instead.

2)    Spacious apartment in Tokyo

ü  I always leave home early in the morning. When I get back home, it’s always after 8 pm.  Things that I do at my apartment is to make some light supper and sleep.  Cleaning my apartment alone is always time-consuming and tiring.  Therefore, I asked maid-service for two hours twice a month with the cost of US$ 360.  I can clean the mountain hut without any troubles but why not in Tokyo?  Well, when I am in Tokyo, there are so many things that I have to do and I wanted to use the time of cleaning for something more important. Really?  This maid-service might be also a waste as I can clean the mountain hut within a reasonable time. 

3)    Own or rent

ü  For the past few years, I strongly believed that the mega-quake would hit Kanto/Tokyo soon.  Maybe because I am able to catch some messages from the Earth, wind,  mountains, and others.  Look what I have.  My apartment in Tokyo is very nice but it’s on housing loan.  What if the mega-quake hit Kanto and I lose everything like what Tohoku people experienced on 3/11? I would rather get rid of the risk of losing my property and of keeping mortgage payment as quickly as possible.   

4)    Risk of working for a foreign capital company

ü  A foreign capital company tend to get rid of people regardless of their good business performance with a valid (they say it’s valid) reason.  I would like to feel free without thinking about the risk of losing job and remaining with loan payment.  I’d rather take a risk of starting a new job myself.


This analysis was the support pillars of my actions.  I planned in March, made actions from June and the mission was completed on Sept. 16 (although unpacking still continues).

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