Different Kind of Luxury Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance

ISBN-10: 193333083X
ISBN-13: 9781933330839
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Authors: Andy Couturier
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Description: Raised in the tumult of Japanrsquo;s industrial powerhouse, the eleven men and women profiled in this book have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. They are today artists, philosophers, and farmers who reside deep in the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 2/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

Raised in the tumult of Japanrsquo;s industrial powerhouse, the eleven men and women profiled in this book have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. They are today artists, philosophers, and farmers who reside deep in the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives may be simple, yet they are surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, contemplation, delicious food, and an abundance of time. For example: Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism while raising her two daughters in an old farmhouse Akira Ito is an expetroleum engineer who has become a painter and childrenrsquo;s book illustrator and explores the role of chi (life energy) in the universe through art and music Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts elegant bamboo flutes that he plays for alms in the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is a fine artist and fabric dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry restaurant in the Japan AlpsBy presenting the journeys of these ordinary-yet exceptional-people, Andy Couturier shows how we too can travel a meaningful path of living simply, with respect for our communities and our natural resources. When we leave behind the tremendous burdens of wage labor, debt, stress, and daily busyness, we grow rich in a whole new way. These Japanese are pioneers in a sense; drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom, they have forged a new style of modernity, and in their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters.Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing teacher. He lived in Japan for four years where he taught, was a journalist, and worked on environmental causes. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MA, essayist, poet, writing teacher. Writing in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including Adbusters, Creative Non-Fiction, Japan Times, North American Review, Oakland Tribune, Kyoto Journal, Fiber Arts, Writer, others. Taught writing at California State University, JFK University. Worked with environmentalists in Japan. Student of Buddhist philosophy. Years of rural living. Built own house with hand tools. Sustainable living advocate.

Introduction
San Oizumi
Osamu Nakamura
Atsuko Watanabe
Kogan Murata
Asha Amemiya
Akira Ito
Wakako Oe
Gufu Watanabe
Koichi Yamashita
Jinko Kaneko
Masanori Oe
In Gratitude

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