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

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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 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 ex–petroleum engineer who has become a painter and children’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 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. 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.

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"Andy Couturier has written some very articulate pieces on the counterculture in Japan." Gary Snyder

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"It’s been years since such a fresh and liberating voice has emerged to remind us of the true heart of a country that so many of us fail to see — or, indeed, to listen to." Pico Iyer

Synopsis:

11 portraits from rural Japan to inspire choices in meaningful work, art, and sustainable living

About the Author

Andy Couturier is a Puschart Prize-nominated writer and the author of Writing Open the Mind. He has contributed to Adbusters, MIT Press, the Oakland Tribune, the Japan Times, Kyoto Journal, Creative Nonfiction, and the North American Review. Couturier lived in Japan for four years where he taught, was a journalist, and worked on environmental causes. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and runs The Opening, a center for courses in writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933330839
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Subject:
Essays
Author:
Couturier, Andy
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Sustainable living
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 Color and BandW photographs
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Simple Living
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Philosophy
Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Religion and Literature
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Reference
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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