Web bookstore for Japanese Audiobooks: http://www.febe.jp/ (all in Japanese).
FeBe Audiobook App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.febe.febeapp
I’ve heard about FeBe for a long time but I was worried that I would get trouble shopping for digital audiobooks on FeBe because once upon a time I couldn’t open e-books I bought on Honto and the customer service people there simply replied that they don’t really serve shoppers who live in foreign countries, and no, I can’t get my money back.💸
Today I registered on FeBe and bought audiobook version of this popular Japanese book about minimalist lifestyle: ぼくたちに、もうモノは必要ない。 – 断捨離からミニマリストへ – (We Don’t Need Stuff Anymore. -From ‘Danshari‘ To Minimalist-) written by 佐々木 典士 ( Fumio Sasaki) http://www.febe.jp/product/232629
Danshari is a decluttering method/philosophy popular in Japan, other than KonMari Method.
The audio book is read by a real person (voice actor), not a machine. You can listen to preview first, you can change the speed of the speech, you can leave ‘bookmarks’, you can transfer the mp3 files to a CD, etc.
I already read and loved the e-book version that I bought on Neowing Japan and I want to re-read again and again. I thought listening to it over and over again while doing other things (washing the dishes, cleaning the house, etc.) is more …feasible (?) than sitting down and reading it again on my tablet. Besides, I just got a new wireless earphones. 🎧 So I thought audiobooks would be great.
It was just a smooth experience for me. FeBe is great, even if you’re not Japanese and don’t live in Japan, it’s easy to navigate the app and the website. You only need to know Japanese and have a credit card (and good internet connection💁).
I found a YouTube video about the Korean version of the Japanese book 나는 단순하게 살기로 했다 (I Decided To Live Simple) by 사사키 후미오 (Fumio Sasaki).
I don’t think I can be a minimalist -for starters, my husband won’t let me throw away the beds or sofa or TV- but I like the idea of having less stuff. Less clutter. Less time needed to clean. More time to do more important things, like learning Korean. I also like the feeling of having ‘just enough’ and not comparing my life to others. ###