‘Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel’ by Rolf Potts

Some say life is travel – a long journey for life. In this book, ‘Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel,’ the author Rolf Pott shows us how truly you can turn your life into a journey. ‘Vagabonding’ is the name of this life style, which today is also called ‘Nomad.’

As the title says, this is a guidebook of travel as an art. Let’s turn the page and see what the world offers to the fellow travelers.

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The Rise of The Nomad – Why Japanese Salaryman Quit?

In the previous post ‘The Rise of The Nomad – A New Work-Life Style in Japan‘, I introduced a new type of freelancers and entrepreneurs – the nomad. The Japanese workforce (called ‘salaryman‘) are traditionally known for their loyal 60-hours workweek and for their orderly 2-hour commute in the overcrowded subway. Why are they abandoning Corporate Japan? The following three key social changes have triggered this wave.

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The Rise of The Nomad – A New Work-Life Style in Japan

Historically, Japan has been a sedentary agricultural society. The people were strongly tied to the land and stayed there all their lives. The proverb ‘a rolling stone gathers no moss’ was considered negative in Japan, where the moss was viewed as something valuable, as you see at the famous Saiho-ji moss temple in Kyoto.

On the other hand, the people on the move without settling were looked as irresponsible and untrustworthy. For the past few years, however, Japan is seeing a rise of a new type of people against this perspective – the nomad.

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