The author of Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism is convinced that his extreme approach to minimalism has made him happier–and I’m sure it has! What’s less clear is that we would all benefit from living in a small room with a thin futon and a low table as our only possessions (he does allow himself a Mac and iPhone, but not a proper bath towel!). I would not like to live the “before” picture of his apartment, overflowing with books and tchotchkes (I imagine there is a Japanese equivalent for this term, but I do not know it), but the “after” picture is not inviting, and is lacking a family, to boot. That said, the author makes some excellent points. My favorite is that we can use the entire city as our personal floor plan, in particular to meet friends.