Raised within the tumult of Japan’s business powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this e-book have all made the transition to sustainable, enjoyable lives. they're this day artists, philosophers, and farmers who live deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives will be easy, but they're surrounded by means of 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is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an outdated farmhouse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 publication illustrator and explores the function of chi (life strength) within the universe via artwork and music
- Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts stylish 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 providing 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 average assets. once we depart in the back of the super burdens of salary exertions, debt, rigidity, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in an entire new manner. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional japanese religious knowledge, they've got cast a brand new type of modernity, and of their luck is a lesson for us all: dwell a lifestyles that matters.
Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing instructor. He lived in Japan for 4 years the place he taught, was once a journalist, and labored on environmental motives. He lives within the San Francisco Bay Area.