By Andy Couturier
Raised within the tumult of Japan’s commercial powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this e-book have all made the transition to sustainable, enjoyable lives. they're at the present time artists, philosophers, and farmers who dwell deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives could be uncomplicated, but they're surrounded by way of the luxuries of nature, paintings, contemplation, scrumptious foodstuff, 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 previous 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 power) within the universe via artwork and tune Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts dependent bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is a very good artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps by means of providing the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier exhibits how we can also trip a significant course of residing easily, with admire for our groups and our normal assets. once we go away at the back of the super burdens of salary hard work, debt, tension, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new method. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional japanese religious knowledge, they've got solid a brand new variety of modernity, and of their luck is a lesson for us all: stay a lifestyles that issues.
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The answer, of course, is a resounding no. No matter how widely and how actively different groups promote their causes through Web sites, the matter of uptake is what determines whether they actually achieve any kind of connection with people from groups they were not already in contact with. Burakumin groups may disseminate as much information about themselves as they wish, in either Japanese or English, but unless somebody “out there” takes the trouble to find the site, read its contents, and establish constructive contact, they are arguably no better off than they were before, using printed minikomi to achieve the voice denied them by the mainstream media.
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A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier