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

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

Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s business powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this booklet have all made the transition to sustainable, pleasing lives. they're at the present time artists, philosophers, and farmers who dwell deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives might be easy, but they're surrounded via the luxuries of nature, artwork, contemplation, scrumptious meals, and an abundance of time. For example:

  • Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an outdated farmhouse
  • Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has turn into a painter and children’s e-book illustrator and explores the position of chi (life strength) within the universe via paintings and music
  • Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts based bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages
  • Jinko Kaneko is an outstanding artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps

By featuring the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier indicates how we can also commute a significant direction of residing easily, with appreciate for our groups and our traditional assets. after we depart at the back of the super burdens of salary hard work, debt, tension, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in an entire new method. those jap are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional jap non secular knowledge, they've got solid a brand new sort of modernity, and of their good fortune is a lesson for us all: dwell a existence that matters.

Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing instructor. He lived in Japan for 4 years the place he taught, used to be a journalist, and labored on environmental reasons. He lives within the San Francisco Bay Area.

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