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The Book: Happiness in Okinawa is…

A book about all the tiny moments that make us happy in Okinawa, and in life. Now available in store and Amazon.

After 14 years of working in the fast-paced corporate world, Desmond moved his entire family to Okinawa in search of a slower, happier life. He craved a life where he could focus on the things that truly mattered, such as growing his family and his personal well-being. The laid-back island lifestyle of Okinawa seemed like the perfect place to find this.

However, the transition was not without its challenges. Desmond struggled to adapt to the slower pace of life on the island, with limited resources and opportunities. Life on the small island was not as convenient as in the big city. The island was still a cash society and ATMs only operated from 10 am to 6 pm. He began to question whether he had made the right decision in uprooting his family and moving to such a remote location.

Despite these initial doubts, Desmond soon discovered that there was something special about Okinawa and its people. Despite their relatively simple way of life, Okinawans are some of the happiest people in the world. This realization inspired Desmond to start documenting the little moments that brought him joy in his new home. Inspired by the Happiness Is… series by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, Desmond uses his pen to draw moments that make him happy in Okinawa.

365 drawings later, Desmond’s life had been transformed. He had gone from feeling uncertain and out of place to feeling truly content and fulfilled. Through his art, he had discovered the simple secret to happiness that the Okinawans had known all along.

The book was published on September 30, 2019, with 365 happy moments in Okinawa. This book is a celebration of simple joy in life, but it is also a tool to help its reader to become happier.

What You Will See In This Book

The drawings in this book warm up my heart.

– Mr. Tony Yoshikazu Higashi, Japan Tourism Agency VISIT JAPAN Ambassador

A Book Funded 100% by Our Fans

This is a self-published book. With self-publishing, everything must be paid before we can sell. From design to printing, to marketing, to sales development, the massive upfront cost isn’t something we can swallow as a small business. We rallied around our fan base to raise funds to produce the book. Within two months, we passed our fundraising goal, a dream became a reality, thanks to our superfans.

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