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Shogo Onoe
Artist & Writer

I am an autodidact. I educated myself, taught myself how to write, and instructed myself what kinds of books I should read. 

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ABOUT ME

Shogo Onoe always felt like a stranger in his homeland of Japan. As a creative soul and a passionate autodidact – having taught himself for most of his childhood – he’s a firm believer in the value of self-taught learning. Pursuing his dreams of being an artist and writer, Shogo draws his inspiration from great authors including the works of Henry Miller and Knut Hamsun. He has a love of travel and adventure, having visited Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Hungary, and much of Europe in his twenties through his early thirties. Shogo’s wanderings drove him to forge his own path through life, one where he dedicates his time to writing, being an artist, and staying true to himself.

Shogo Onoe
Artist, Writer and Storyteller

About My Book

LIBERATION: Seeking the Meaning of Life

True liberation means freeing yourself – freedom sometimes takes the form of leaving yourself open to all kinds of new experiences. Liberation – Seeking the Meaning of Life is the story of how desperate Japanese seeker Shogo Onoe was sent to Mexico by destiny, there to begin a new chapter in a journey of self-introspection. He writes of the three passionate Mexican friends he treasures, Gerardo, Jorge, and Ramon, who all lent him a great deal of support and belief to his efforts to write and reach deep levels of expression. How did he find his true self in a faraway land?

By comparing life in emotionally cold Japan to the warmth of Mexico and its people, Shogo invites the reader to think harder about the meaning of life in an attempt to spark a revolution in people’s hearts and minds.

Liberation – Seeking the Meaning of Life also opens a door for others seeking the meaning of life. Sometimes fate plays a role that can change our life forever, but only if we are liberated enough to take a chance.

This book is for people who are seeking more satisfying life and believe in individualism. Shogo shares the path to his destiny – to be true to himself, unconditionally.

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Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance

Embark on a soul-searching adventure and discover one man’s quest to Mexico for a better life.

Artfully written with flowing prose and profound personal insights, this uplifting novel delves into the rich life and culture of Mexico, following author Shogo Onoe’s remarkable story as he casts aside his old life in Japan for the vibrant cities and landscapes of Central America.
Blending thoughtful philosophical and spiritual wisdom with an undying message of living your life to the fullest – no matter what other people might think – this book paints a vivid picture of one man’s exodus in search of a better life. You’ll discover how three Mexican friends transformed Shogo’s destiny, the suffocating existence he left behind in Japan, and the incredible contrast between two opposite cultures. A message of faith underlies every page, reflecting on how Shogo’s trust in God gave him the strength and the passion to find his source of meaning and dare to turn his world upside-down.
As a must-read for dreamers, soul-searchers, and creative spirits, Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance will touch your heart, encouraging you to refuse to be inauthentic and stay true to what you really feel. This autobiographical novel is a beautiful breath of fresh air, serving as a rallying cry that will inspire you to liberate yourself from soul-destroying situations and pursue a life of light, meaning, and joy.

What Readers Are Saying

This book is for people who are seeking more satisfying life and believe in individualism. Shogo shares the path to his destiny – to be true to himself, unconditionally.

LIBERATION: Seeking the Meaning of Life is both a memoir of Japanese pilgrim Shogo Onoe (who found himself in Mexico cultivating a new life even as he sought the meaning of his old one) and a Carlos Castaneda-style spiritual journey that offers a dual inspection of personal and spiritual growth.
 From its opening lines, it’s evident that LIBERATION is a powerful story of a different ilk than the usual travelogue or autobiography: “I have been a stranger to my own country and my own country’s people since I was a child. I should confess that I hate Japan from my guts. On top of it all, I have never fitted into Japanese society and have not yet even started to function as a useful person there. To tell the truth, I have never agreed with the Japanese society system and the Japanese way of life. I always wanted to escape from Japan to see the world so that I could be free as a bird. From my childhood on, one thing was crystal clear to me as if it were God’s revelation: I definitely do not belong in Japan, and I just happened to be born in the wrong country. I am absolutely a lone wolf and constantly suffocated by loneliness, because I have no one to talk with about my true feelings and even a fraction of my feelings.”
When Shogo Onoe, a stranger in his own country, encounters the peoples and culture of Mexico, he finds the contrasts stark and also finds a new place for himself in the world.
This is where the magic of LIBERATION begins to work its spell on the reader.
 Onoe’s contrast of the emotional, cultural, and spiritual milieus of these disparate countries offers a rare glimpse into the meaning of life as perceived and cultivated under different conditions.
His encounters with others on the road to defining happiness and life’s meaning injects his journey with social, philosophical, and spiritual observations that are astutely analytical in their contrasts of personalities and perspectives.
This is a strength of the autobiographical format in general, but under Onoe’s hand, it also represents the strength of not just accepting, but searching out new possibilities and opportunities: “Sometimes we cannot explain how a certain thing occurs in our lives. Usually, it is a most crucial thing, which you have fervently craved your entire life. You cry, scream, gibber, pray, and curse, but it never budges. Out of desperation, you swear that you will abandon your faith in Almighty God and will forever turn your back on Him while making the silliest defiant expression on your face. But it is not enough. In order to show your everlasting agony and disappointment with Him, you start pulling your hair out hysterically, dance sacrilegiously, and spit up to the heavens insolently, but it still does not budge a wee bit. It has become beyond your comprehension; you become dispirited to the point of giving it up – that moment, the thing somehow befalls upon you out of the blue.”
Underlying these experiences is a consideration of the nature of individualism and exploration that encourages readers to think about their own paths of discovery and alienation in life.
The result is a highly recommended survey that blends literature, biography, and social and spiritual contrasts and reflections. These facets are topped with a dose of philosophical and psychological insight that offer much food for thought for thinkers and book clubs that look for seasoned insights spiced with the experience of a pilgrim actively seeking the meaning of life.

 

D. Donovan

Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review