Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of Life

Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of Life is a story of one man’s journey of becoming who he truly is and walking on his private destiny relentlessly. And most importantly, this is a book of friendship.

Shogo always wants to live the artist’s life and write books to support himself, but he is trapped in Japan to work for a company which he hates from his guts. He forever wants to escape from the regimented unemotional social systems, which is accepted, without question, by most people in Japan.

One day, apropos of nothing, his three Mexican friends invite him to move in Mexico and start writing his first book in earnest under a tropical climate on the same day, as if it were designed by God. He sees it as a sign from God and immediately perceives that he must grab this golden opportunity come hell or high water.

Under the autumn star, he determines to embark on Mexican odyssey to change his life for the better. His only goal of this new adventure is that: He will seed indestructible faith into his heart.

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Liberation is a process of a man who wants to be liberated from his unhappy circumstances and becoming who is meant to be. Shogo always thinks about the meaning of life and can no longer lie to himself anymore. With his Mexican friends’ help, he resolutely embarks on the journey of living the artist’s life that he has always wanted to live.

 Shogo have also written a book covering his whole journey Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance in this regard.

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Liberation Book Reviews

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book


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.

Aimee Ann – Reviewer:

Liberation is a poignant, moving, unique, and inspirational memoir laced with spiritual and self-help themes that will take readers on a thought-provoking journey while entertaining them at the same time! Liberation is written by author Shogo Onoe and Onoe throughout Liberation will take his readers on a journey through his life. The journey the reader will encounter is incredible as well as eye-opening and his story will make you feel a host of different emotions from start to finish! That is why I already recommend this lovely book, however, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more!

Memoirs, combined with poignant themes of discovering yourself are my favorite type of books to read. I adore memoirs because they give the reader insight into a person’s fascinating life and when the reader is granted this insight the reader can learn so much from their story, and many readers will be able to learn a lot from Shogo Onoe’s story in Liberation.

Liberation is an incredible book in which Shogo Onoe will openly share his life with us readers. In Liberation, Shogo Onoe will share his search for the meaning of life which took him from his homeland of Japan, all the way to Mexico where he embarks on a spiritual journey that helps him to better understand himself and the world around him. It is in Mexico that the rich and inviting culture begins to transform his life and he shares in his book all that he learned along the way and shares his honest thoughts and feelings with us readers so that we can better understand too. It makes for a profound and moving tale that will leave a lasting impact on you and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible Liberation!

The profoundness in Liberation is sensational, and many readers will feel a host of different emotions while reading this book. Shogo Onoe effortlessly inspires thoughts and feelings in his readers as well as compels them to read from beginning to end. I found myself reading Liberation at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as absorbing; Onoe’s incredible literature will have you turning the pages frantically, and I adored how he was able to do this.

Shogo Onoe is a remarkable person for two reasons; the first is because he is honest and brave to write his story, and the second is because he is an exceptionally talented author. Onoe’s excellent writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop. The life lessons learned from Onoe in Liberation will help readers better navigate through their own life, and that is so beautiful to me because it is rare to come across a memoir that will not only entertain but also help readers.

Overall Liberation is an insightful, informative, and inspiring book and that is why I of course have to award this book five stars!


Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of Life is a story of a man who determines to follow his heart, turn his dream into a realty, walk on his private destiny relentlessly, and be true himself all the time come hell or high water. This book is for people who are seeking more satisfying life and believe in their own uniqueness and individualism. Shogo shares the path to his destiny – to be true himself, unconditionally.

Definitely yes. This book will inspire you to think about the meaning of life harder and make you introspect yourself in earnest if you are passionate about what you are doing for living and if you feel happy and alive every single day.

Not exactly. They are autobiographical novels. They are literary fiction, more precisely. Or I should say that they are human documents. These books are about life and friendship.

Yes. They are duology.

Liberation – Shogo lives in Japan and work 5 days a week with a job he dislikes. When he is about to be suffocated by loneliness and Japanese unfriendly atmosphere, his Mexican friends ask him for coming to Mexico to live in their houses for a while to write a book, which changes his life forever.

Mexican Rhapsody – Shogo has finally started what he always dreamt of: writing a book. He regrets how many years he has frittered his time away for nothing. He determines that he never fritters his precious time away: he begins enjoying his life to the fullest and living each day as if it were his last day on this delightful earth.

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