A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple by Andy Couturier

By Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s business powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this ebook have all made the transition to sustainable, gratifying lives. they're this present day artists, philosophers, and farmers who live deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives will be uncomplicated, but they're surrounded by means of the luxuries of nature, paintings, 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is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an outdated farmhouse Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has turn into a painter and children’s publication illustrator and explores the function of chi (life power) within the universe via paintings and track Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts based bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is a great artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps by means of proposing the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier exhibits how we can also go back and forth a significant direction of residing easily, with recognize for our groups and our common assets. once we go away at the back of the great burdens of salary exertions, debt, rigidity, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new approach. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional jap non secular knowledge, they've got cast a brand new kind of modernity, and of their luck is a lesson for us all: reside a existence that issues.

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Third Sunday in May. Hakata Dontaku Port Festival, Fukuoka. Citizens, dressed as deities, parade through the streets clapping wooden rice paddles. May 3 and 4. Children’s Day is a national holiday honoring all children, especially boys. The most common sight throughout Japan is colorful streamers of carp— which symbolize perseverance and strength, attributes desirable for boys— flying from poles. May 5. Takigi Noh Performances, Kofukuji Temple, Nara. These Noh plays are presented outdoors after dark under the blaze of torches.

July 7. Hozuki Ichi (Ground-Cherry Pod Fair), Tokyo. This colorful affair at 33 Sensoji Temple in Asakusa features hundreds of stalls selling groundcherry pods and colorful wind bells. July 9 and 10. Yamakasa, Fukuoka. Just before the crack of dawn, seven teams dressed in loincloths and happi coats (short, colorful, kimono-like jackets) race through town, bearing 1-ton floats on their shoulders. ) floats designed by Hakata doll masters are on display throughout town. July 15. Gion Matsuri, Kyoto.

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