A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance
By Andy Couturier; Stone Bridge Press, 2010
FROM BACK COVER:
“11 portraits from rural Japan offer new pathways to meaningful work, creativity, and sustainable living.
Raised in the tumult of Japan’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 are 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 esoteric spiritual traditions while raising her two daughters in an old farmhouse.
- Akira Ito is an ex-petroleum engineer who has become a painter and children’s book illustrator and studies 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 Alps.
By 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... “
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