THE IKIGAI JOURNEY BOOK REVIEW
ABOUT THE WRITER
Spanish Héctor García is a software program engineer who moved to Japan in 2004. With a love for all issues odd and geeky, he began running a blog at www.kirainet.com (English model at www.ageekinjapan.com). Dwelling, working and learning in Japan has helped Héctor to steadily perceive the nation and its individuals, and he opens us as much as the commonly reserved Japanese and lets us peek into their ‘universe’.
Francesc Miralles is a lecturer and award-winning creator of bestselling books within the areas of well being and spirituality. Born in Barcelona, he studied journalism, English literature and German philology, and has labored as a translator, editor, artwork therapist and musician. His novel ‘Love in Lowercase’ has been translated into 28 languages.
ABOUT THE CONTENT
This guide is a follow-up and sensible train of the guide “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Lengthy and Completely happy Life” (which I haven’t learn but, however I’ll positively order it quickly – hyperlinks above!) and goes into the query of how we will develop the mindset and habits that assist us discover and stay our finest life. Sounds good, proper?
Ikigai stands for the which means of life, the factor that makes you get away from bed every day in keen anticipation. In response to the Japanese, all of us have an ikigai (and even a number of) inside us, even when we don’t but realize it.
Our ikigai would possibly change over time, nevertheless it’s vital to tune in and be in concord with our ikigai at each stage to really feel which means in our lives. In any other case, in keeping with the writers, we are going to really feel as if we have now strayed from our personal path and outdoors forces have taken management of our on a regular basis life.
The ‘Ikigai Journey‘ takes us on an journey via the longer term (resembled by town of Tokyo – an emblem of modernity and innovation), the previous (town of Kyoto – an historical capital moored in custom) and the current (the coastal metropolis of Ise – with it’s historical shrine that’s destroyed and rebuilt each twenty years) and exhibits us sensible steps we will take to hunt a steadiness between these stops.
On the finish of the guide, you’ll have all of the instruments to realize full private achievement, growing your complete expertise with a view to accomplish your objectives.
PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS
Whereas there aren’t any photographs within the guide, there are a couple of charts and illustrations to help the theories within the guide.
Under, I’ll take you thru every chapter and provide you with my private highlights and largest take-aways from all of them, however I can HIGHLY suggest getting this guide your self, as a result of it’s stuffed with in-depth actions and questions that may actually make you re-think your life, regardless of at what stage of self-development you’re at.
The duties are nice to maintain going again to, so be sure to get your self a (digital) copy of this guide!
As talked about, the guide consists of three components (FUTURE, PAST and PRESENT) and alongside the “tracks” there are “stops” at a spread of stations to assist dive deeper into the fabric.
Listed here are my favorite insights from all of the stations:
PART 1 – A JOURNEY THROUGH OUR FUTURE
This primary a part of the guide exhibits us easy methods to uncover what it’s we’re actually enthusiastic about in life, growing new habits, asking suggestions from others, making small enhancements and getting out of your consolation zone.
In response to the Japanese, if we don’t mix our aims and ambitions with steady effort, our desires for the longer term won’t ever turn out to be a actuality. It’s subsequently vital to all the time maintain busy, however extra importantly: to commit our time to actions we actually love.
1ST STATION – SKINKANSEN
When the Japanese construct the Shinkansen Bullet Prepare, reaching speeds that had been unprecedented in that point, they referred to as it the “Japanese Miracle” due to the novel enhancements that had been made to create one thing that had not existed till then. The writers name this radical change the ‘Shinkansen Impact’.
Little changes and enhancements, or making a couple of modifications gained’t get you a brand new prepare, so to talk. It additionally gained’t change your private state of affairs in any significant method. It’s worthwhile to begin from scratch with an entire new mind-set. That is one thing you may apply to your individual life.
On this chapter, we’re challenged to take into consideration wherein space of our lives we wish to apply the ‘Shinkansen Impact’ and listing initiatives to undertake to make it simpler to perform this goal. By visualizing these seemingly ‘not possible’ objectives, you will get eliminate previous concepts or processes.
If in case you have an goal you assume you’re going to attain in ten years, the most effective technique to make it occur is to consider how one can handle to achieve the identical goal in a single yr.
2ND STATION – MOUNT FUJI
What are the stuff you actually wish to do in stay, however assume are not possible? This chapter helps you consider previous ‘not possible ventures’ (that actually weren’t that not possible, since you ended up doing them!) and set weekly aims to do a minimum of one factor you’re feeling your self totally incapable of doing.
Our life is stuffed with mountains we imagine to be forbidden or that we really feel incapable of climbing, however the fog that stops us from seeing the trail forward is normally on the lens via which we’re viewing it.
3RD STATION – GANBARIMASU
The Japanese philosophy of ‘ganbarimasu’ is all about not stopping till an goal has been reached and doing one thing in addition to attainable. However earlier than you will get began, it is very important be clear what your closing vacation spot really is.
Do you know it takes about 10.000 hours of follow with a view to turn out to be a grasp of a selected topic? Meaning in the event you solely spend 1 hour a day, 5 days every week on the topic, it will take you 40 years earlier than mastery. So think about, if you wish to attain mastery in a shorter time, you will have to be totally devoted to it and your ardour have to be your job.
The actual query is: What ardour or ikigai motivates you sufficient to commit your life to it?
Endurance with out motion results in a passive life. Endurance with perseverance leads us to fulfilling our objectives.
4TH STATION – NEW HABITS
Have you learnt which habits govern your life? Which of them carry you nearer to your objectives and make you’re feeling good and which of them hurt you and drain you of power? It’s vital to know, as a result of in keeping with a number of research, as much as 40% of the selections we make all through the day are routines that our mind recreates repeatedly.
It’s time to reprogram your thoughts by figuring out your damaging routines after which experiment with new rewards to instill new habits. And, oh yeah… with a view to cement a brand new constructive routine, it’s essential maintain at it for a minimum of 21 days. Good luck!
If we have now a psychological plan of what we’re going to do, progress is assured.
5TH STATION – FEEDBACK
In response to the writers, the shortest path to self-progress is to concentrate to unfavourable suggestions and to actively ask for suggestions from individuals you admire and who extra in regards to the topic than you do. It makes you step again, have a look at issues objectively and take steps to make the wanted adjustments.
Be certain to make use of the ‘SKS strategy’, so that you get helpful suggestions in return: What ought to I STOP doing? What ought to I KEEP doing? What ought to I START doing?
Suggestions is the mirror that others present us to replicate our progress.
6TH STATION – SENPAI
A ‘senpai’ in Japan is a boss (or extra: a mentor) of an organization who’s mission is to transmit to new staff (‘kohai’) all their data and abilities in regards to the job they’ve been doing for years.
Don’t work in a Japanese workplace? No worries. You could be your individual senpai through the use of a number of self-coaching methods to discover territories outdoors of your consolation zone and get essentially the most out of practising any self-discipline.
From utilizing digital gadgets to measure your progress to studying books, biographies and interviews of individuals you admire in your self-discipline – to even watching YouTube movies and ask questions in on-line boards of individuals doing the identical factor as you (solely higher)… there may be a lot to find out about what you possibly can be able to!
The very best creations emerge whenever you cease the fixed evaluation and self-criticism.
7TH STATION – EMULATING
The Japanese are properly know for being quick at copying and making enhancements, as they imagine that every part has a starting and our capability to enhance what already exists is virtually limitless.
So… what are you able to do to be extra inventive and higher your self? Take a look at how others do it and see what pursuits you to attempt for your self. Use your palms and contain your complete physique, not simply your mind.
Don’t wait to search out out who you might be earlier than setting issues in movement – get began now, with no matter you’ve got.
8TH STATION – YOUR ELEMENT
This chapter is all about discovering the place in your life the place the stuff you love doing and the issues you might be good at coincide.
The most effective suggestions from this chapter for me was: For those who don’t know what you want, begin by noticing what you DON’T LIKE.
What didn’t you want in your earlier research, work or normal life? Why? Discover the widespread denominator in every part you dislike and you’ll begin to understand what it’s you DO like. Then resolve how one can give this stuff extra prominence in your life.
Uncover what makes you get away from bed within the morning, what fills you with motivation.
9TH STATION – FRANKLIN
Ex-US president Benjamin Franklin arrange a system the place on a weekly foundation, he centered on one in all 13 virtues (resembling ‘sincerity’, and ‘moderation’) he needed to combine in his life, getting higher at them week after week.
That is one thing you are able to do your self. Determine on the virtues (values) you wish to develop extra, commit every day of the week to growing one in all these values and begin the day with an intention associated to it. On the finish of the week, examine how constant you’ve got been with this goal, rinse and repeat.
Human happiness comes not from rare items of excellent fortune, however from the small enhancements to day by day life.
– Benjamin Franklin
10TH STATION – GASSHUKU
‘Gasshuku’ is the Japanese time period for a gathering of labor colleagues, away from the place they normally meet, with a standard goal – to enhance through the use of the entire staff’s concepts.
You are able to do this with your individual colleagues, and even alone. Commit time completely to a well-defined, formidable goal for a steady time frame, consisting of many hours and even a number of days avoiding all distractions. What are your outcomes? You’d be amazed!
Being outdoors our consolation zone, away from our on a regular basis worries, helps us to pay attention our energies on getting the most effective out of ourselves and on studying a lot quicker.
11TH STATION – ADVENTURE
Everyone knows the significance of getting out of your consolation zone, however it may be laborious to really do that. However bear in mind: not one of the breakthroughs which have made society progress would have come about if humanity had remained in its consolation zone.
What are you able to do to make brief brief getaways from your individual consolation zone?
Leaving our consolation zone will trigger us uncertainty, however the brand new horizons that await us are price being courageous about.
12TH STATION – TIMING
This chapter zooms into some well-known methods for time-management, such because the ‘Covey Matrix’ by Randy Pausch (the place you mark pressing and vital duties as absolute priorities earlier than taking over every other duties) and the ‘Pomodoro Approach’ (the place you divide the time allotted to work into unbroken, distraction-free, 25-minute intervals, adopted by 5-minute breaks and 15-minute breaks after 4 ‘Pomodoros’ are reached).
The thought is to not get as a lot executed as attainable, however to sacrifice as few time attainable to meaningless exercise.
And, additionally vital:
By no means skimp on sleep!
13TH STATION – PARETO
Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto stated that 80% of all observable phenomena are attributable to simply 20% of all attainable causes. This ‘Pareto Precept’ will also be utilized in enterprise – and life.
This chapter is all about how ‘much less is extra’ and provides tips about discovering your individual ‘20% zone’. Do you perform the required duties to realize the aims you’ve got chosen? Are you delegating or eliminating the pointless duties? Are you solely utilizing as a lot power as is important to do what you will need to?
But additionally: Do you give your time to the suitable individuals in your circle? Do you’ve got productive conversations? Do you’re feeling happy along with your social actions? That are the 20% of your shoppers that generate 80% of your gross sales? 20% of your possessions / clothes gadgets do you worth essentially the most? Which of your hobbies and the individuals round you make you’re feeling the happiest? GET RID OF THE REST.
Probably the most earnings and tangible advantages are achieved via taking advantage of a bit of little bit of laborious work.
14TH STATION – THE POWER OF WORDS
Having objectives is one factor, however if you wish to change your actuality, it’s a must to change your language and banish unfavourable or defeatist expressions, together with people who dis-empower you, as a result of they place decision-making outdoors your management, fantastically stated by the writers of this guide.
One of many sensible strategies that they provide, is to call your private tasks with a ‘spell’, one thing that resonates strongly with you, with a view to ’empower’ your tasks and maintain you motivated. For instance, title your upcoming journey “Nepal Spirit” as an alternative of simply “Journey to Nepal”.
Phrases are spells with the facility to activate reminiscences and neural patterns to make us extra inventive.
PART 2 – A JOURNEY THROUGH OUR PAST
Within the second a part of the guide, the authors allow us to dive into our origins to allow us to carry our essence and our creativity to the current to construct a future that is stuffed with prospects.
We have a look at highlights from our childhood, the primary occasions of the final 5 years of our lives and what led us there, our closest friendships after which take the time to decelerate and take again management of our life’s rhythm.
15TH STATION – KINDERGARTEN
We return to our childhood and write down every part we ever needed to turn out to be, then have a look at which childhood desires we nonetheless haven’t made come true. After that, in fact we take into consideration concrete issues we will do to make every one in all them take form.
Typically the nice leap ahead in our life comes from making what we dreamed of as youngsters come true.
16TH STATION – NOSTALGIA
Apparently, scientists have proven that nostalgia could be helpful for our well being and for the achievement of our aims, because it makes us recall constructive reminiscences and emotions.
This chapter has us have a look at previous images, journey souvenirs, private diaries or just reminiscences in our thoughts to search out out what our life’s best hits had been. Then we give you tasks that might produce the identical emotions in us as we speak.
A have a look at who we had been (and even at who our ancestors had been) might assist us to grasp who we’re, and higher nonetheless, who we is perhaps.
17TH STATION – FRIENDSHIP
To develop our ikigai and attain our life goals, it is very important encompass ourselves with a circle of reliable individuals that may assist us to achieve our summits and should give us a serving to hand at occasions of peril.
We have a look at poisonous relationships (and rule these individuals out) and as an alternative make a buddy map of those that present us with optimism and good power.
Simply because the succes of an expedition relies on the group’s general virtues and skills, so is our on a regular basis life influenced by the individuals we spend essentially the most time with.
18TH STATION – HINDSIGHT
We dive again into our previous and recall a very powerful occasions within the final 5 years, in addition to uncover the individuals, actions and different dots led us to those life occasions materializing.
Having to take a detour to realize what we wish typically allows us to admire essentially the most stunning components alongside the way in which.
19TH STATION – ANALOG
Something that helps us to create psychological house to release our inventive energies is sweet for our ikigai.
The most effective methods to get inventive is to go analog. From pictures to different handbook arts, studying paper books, writing on paper, listening to music from precise data, all this stuff give us time to replicate and benefit from the course of. Time for a brief digital food plan!
No one is regulating the quantity of know-how you eat or measuring how efficient it’s for you.
– Daniel Sieberg (creator of ‘The Digital Weight loss plan’)
20TH STATION – SLOW LIFE
To benefit from the issues we love – our guiding ikigai – it’s critical that we recuperate the easy life and take again management of our life’s rhythm.
Put your cellphone in airplane mode, restrict time on social media, favor bodily encounters over digital ones, take pleasure in your dinner unhurriedly, purchase and cook dinner recent market merchandise… what to do!
Ultimately, it’s a query of devoting high quality time to ourselves, to our family members and to what conjures up us.
What use is success and cash in the event you lack the time to savor a cup of tea?
PART 3 – A JOURNEY THROUGH OUR PRESENT
Within the closing a part of the guide, we have a look at actions that focuses our consideration on the current and allow us to search out ‘stream’.
The current is the place the best achievements are born and main adjustments are nurtured, so we follow mindfulness, tackle journaling and totally different Japanese artwork varieties, have a look at which essential choices we’re taking in direction of reaching our desires and be taught extra in regards to the nature of our personal existence within the second, with a view to obtain issues sooner or later.
21TH STATION – PRESENCE
Everyone knows that multitasking results in burnout and underneath efficiency (as a result of: in the event you intention at two geese, you miss them each), however why can we carry on doing it?
The authors cowl the subject of ‘mindfulness’, the place we’re current in each second, feeling our physique and our consciousness in no matter we might do and provides us tricks to design our on a regular basis life to incorporate intervals of full presence.
Sitting down is Zen, strolling is Zen, the iPhone is Zen. However don’t waver.
22TH STATION – TO WRITE IS TO SELECT
On this chapter, we create a logbook of our lives and permit what’s inside us to come back to the floor. This isn’t solely to make clear and order our ideas and feelings, but additionally to scrub our unconscious of pointless burdens, which helps our life to hurry up and head in the fitting route.
Writing about our life and feelings helps to manage the amygdala’s exercise, which in flip regulates the depth of our feelings.
23TH STATION – HAIKU
The Japanese art-form of writing ‘Haiku’ is all about what is occurring right here and now.
The poems (composed of three verses with 5, seven and 5 syllables respectively) are all the time written within the current tense, so that they by no means look into the previous or the longer term.
Write a Haiku day by day for 30 days. After thirty days, learn all of them. Can you discover any sample or matter that’s repeated?
24TH STATION – CRUCIAL DECISIONS
On this chapter, the authors allow us to take a snapshot of our essential choices we have now taken thus far, with the concept the initiative you are taking as we speak will carry different huge adjustments within the medium time period that may revolutionize your actuality.
Sure choices are the equal of being born once more, since nothing will ever be the identical because it was earlier than.
25TH STATION – NIGHT SHIFT
I’m an avid dreamer, so this chapter about lucid desires (the place the one who is dreaming is conscious they’re dreaming, which provides them the uncommon freedom to discover the corners of their unconscious) was very fascinating to me!
Personally, I’m nice at lucid dreaming, however in the event you’re not, ensure that to have a pocket book by your mattress to file your desires and earlier than going to mattress, meditate, write or learn in regards to the topic you want to discover within the maze of your desires and see in the event you can enter the dream world extra consciously.
26TH STATION – ENSO
I had by no means heard of the ‘enso circle’ earlier than, so this was an fascinating chapter! An Enso Circle is among the Zen Shodo methods for drawing our thoughts into the current with a paintbrush with black ink on paper.
Apparently, it is very important maintain your thoughts away from rational thought in order that your physique, arm and hand have the liberty to create. The thought is that you will need to first uncover the character of your existence in the event you want to discover your individual ardour and develop it.
Different Japanese methods to disclose what’s hidden inside us embody shodo (calligraphy), haiky (poetry), koan (riddles) and naturally meditation.
The important thing lies in how the method is repeated. Repetition trains our coronary heart within the artwork of persistence; that is basic if we’re going to maintain our ikigai.
27TH STATION – KOAN
In response to Zen, logical pondering distances us from the important nature of the universe.
‘Koan’ is a query which goals to confound the scholar’s thoughts with a view to activate their lateral pondering (instinct), thereby destroying logical pondering patterns. When the scholar’s lateral pondering is activated, he sees the sunshine (‘satori’) after which requests a ‘dokusan’ session, a session with the grasp.
The questions (resembling: ‘What does a one-handed clap sound like?’, ‘What was our authentic face, earlier than our mother and father gave start to us?’ or ‘Why doesn’t the hen fly?’) haven’t any proper or fallacious reply. The extra inventive and fewer rational the response, the better will probably be for the sunshine to daybreak within the disciple’s thoughts.
28TH STATION – MINDFULNESS
You’ve most likely already heard many occasions about ‘Mindfulness’, which can also be a really helpful approach for working in your ikigai, because it allows us to stream and dig deeper into what we’re doing.
On this state of alertness in regards to the current second wherein, calmly and non-judgementally, you might be conscious of your emotions, sensations, ideas and physique actions, you turn out to be conscious of the truth that every second is exclusive and won’t want to hold on searching for happiness.
Concentrating on the current is the most effective drugs to forestall the longer term being stuffed with regrets in regards to the previous.
29TH STATION – SERENDIPIDY
Have you ever ever thought that among the finest issues in life, together with discoveries that may mark your life, occur accidentally? Properly, it seems that serendipity will not be magic. You need to actively work on leaving your consolation zone, in any other case you’ll by no means uncover the issues that you just don’t even know you don’t know.
The secret’s to create favorable situations to extend the probabilities of the surprising occurring. So exit, attempt new issues and be lively to impress conditions the place the variety of issues you don’t management or haven’t deliberate is excessive sufficient for the lucky accident to happen.
Perhaps you must say “sure” extra typically, since you by no means know the place the inspiration to awaken your ikigai is perhaps ready for you.
30TH STATION – RAK
RAK, or Random Acts of Kindness (coined by author Anne Herbert within the early eighties) is all in regards to the direct correlation between our degree of altruism and our private satisfaction.
What’s the final RAK you’ve executed? How did it make you’re feeling? What might you do subsequent?
Typically we over-complicate life, pondering over how we might repair the world when the reply is to assist from the guts by being type and letting issues stream from there.
31TH STATION – TOUCH
Bodily contact with different people is a crucial supply of affection for nourishing the spirit. In our present 1.5 meter society this is perhaps extraordinarily laborious, however feeling we’re linked to others is significant on your emotional well being!
Perhaps the next quote can encourage you to get inventive find methods to get nearer to others proper now:
Converse affectionately, appreciatively and gratefully with the individuals close to you. Lovely phrases additionally caress.
32TH STATION – UNCERTAINTY
A chapter about journey! Proper up my alley! The authors get proper to the core once they write that the individuals who accompany you in your journeys are way more vital than what you’re going to see.
We are able to all generally fall into the entice of over-planning, however this actually limits our prospects and should find yourself making any journey boring, be the journey bodily or psychological.
In order for you your journey to be actually memorable, and an inspiration on your tasks, don’t attempt to absorb an excessive amount of. Set your self a small variety of extremely motivating aims and match the journey along with your passions, not with what the guidebooks dictate.
Human beings are all the time caught up within the balancing act of the inside battle of wanting each freedom and management on the identical time.
33TH STATION – KAIZEN
‘Kaizen‘ is the Japanese time period for ‘change for the higher’ (authentic which means) or ‘steady enchancment’ (trendy which means).
This chapter exhibits us the ‘PDCA Circle’ (PLAN, DO, CHECK, ACT), to set concrete aims (with detailed steps easy methods to get there) and visualize what the longer term will probably be like after these aims have been met.
It is very important ask your self why one thing didn’t work as deliberate, what you are able to do to make a course of extra environment friendly and why we stopped doing one thing, so you may work out how one can introduce adjustments.
What are some concrete adjustments it’s essential make in your life however have been pushing aside for a while?
Generally of enchancment, making a relentless effort to satisfy the goal we have now set ourselves is more practical than taking a serious initiative to attempt to remedy one thing .
34TH STATION – KYUDO
‘Kyudo’ is the Japanese artwork of archery – an artwork for exercising the soul. Archery teaches you to be affected person, to persevere, to be humble and to be versatile. The truth is, the archer goals at himself: the vital factor will not be the outside goal, however what’s contained in the archer that leads them to religious perfection.
You need to use this system to shoot off your individual ‘arrows’ (within the type of questions) at your self everytime you really feel your are at battle: How a lot duty do I’ve for this downside? What might I’ve executed higher to keep away from this case? What psychological adjustments ought to I make in future to keep away from this downside repeating itself?
When practising archery, you’re feeling able to calmly going through many conditions in your on a regular basis life and see the world via a prism of serenity and sharpness that many individuals lack.
35TH STATION – TOSHOGU
After I visited Nikko in Japan, I noticed the woodwork of the ‘three smart monkeys’ depicting Mizaru (see no evil), Kikazaru (hear no evil) and Iwazaru (converse no evil). This chapter raises the query: Which psychological universe do you wish to stay in?
It may be really easy to level out life’s unfavourable features, however within the medium and long run, it’s not price it. It cheapens us as people and makes us much less worthy of different individuals’s belief.
Socrates – The Three Filters take a look at: TRUTH – Have you ever rigorously examined if what you wish to say is true in each method? KINDNESS – Is it type what you wish to say? NECESSARY – Is it vital so that you can say it?
HOW TO AWAKEN THE POWER OF IKIGAI
We’ve got reached the top of the guide and are available again to the query: When was the final time you stopped to assume what your mission in life is?
The authors allow us to write down what we like to do, what the world wants, what we could be paid for and what we’re good at, so we will take motion and let our ikigai emerge from inside us.
It’s then as much as you to all the time embody the 4 ikigai parts into your on a regular basis life.
There’s a false perception that our goal in life is one thing magical we’re destined to search out unintentionally or via a revelation. Motion comes earlier than ardour.
What we will obtain in life is restricted solely by the attain of our creativeness.
If we really feel it’s time to change tack, we would really feel afraid at first, however as soon as we have now corrected our route, we are going to understand that the worry of change was a lot higher than the change itself.
Do away with pointless stuff or take new actions, however don’t stand nonetheless. Nothing new or thrilling will occur if you don’t take steps to make it occur.
Pursuing your ardour and growing it to be shared with others is the best goal a human being can hope to realize of their future.
THE TRAVEL TESTER RESULTS
I completely LOVED this guide and located the teachings, combines with sensible to-do’s life- altering! I can extremely suggest selecting up a duplicate and begin discovering your individual ikigai to stay a extra fulfilled life and do nice issues. How thrilling!
Title: The Ikigai Journey : A Sensible Information to Discovering Happiness and Function the Japanese Means
Authors: Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
Writer: Tuttle Publishing
Disclaimer: I obtained this guide for assessment functions from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions are 100% my very own, as all the time.
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