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By 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, gratifying lives. they're this day artists, philosophers, and farmers who live deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives can be easy, 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is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an outdated farmhouse Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has turn into a painter and children’s ebook illustrator and explores the position of chi (life strength) within the universe via artwork and track Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts stylish bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is a superb artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps by means of featuring the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier exhibits how we can also shuttle a significant course of dwelling easily, with appreciate for our groups and our traditional assets. after we go away at the back of the super burdens of salary exertions, debt, pressure, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in an entire new means. those eastern 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 luck is a lesson for us all: reside a lifestyles that issues.

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Der Klang dieser Metropole, ihre Vielfalt an Theatern und Galerien, Restaurants, Bars und Klubs, alles das macht Tokio zum New York Asiens, nur ungleich größer mit einer Bevölkerung im städtischen Großraum von 36 Millionen Einwohnern. Und doch war Tokio keineswegs der Siedlungsbrei, den ich mir vorgestellt hatte. Die meisten großen Städte hat man als Ansammlung von Dörfern beschrieben, doch für keine andere gilt dies mehr als für Tokio. Stadtviertel, darunter auch meine Wohngegend in Higashi Kitazawa, haben noch ein dörflich geprägtes soziales Leben.

Bei manchen Marionettenaufführungen sieht das Publikum nur den Kopf des Hauptspielers, während seine beiden Lehrlinge eine schwarze Kapuze tragen. Solche Pedanterie ist in Japan in allen Lebensbereichen anzutreffen. Manche Sushi-Meister erlauben ihren Lehrlingen jahrelang nicht, Fisch auch nur zu berühren. Ein Bonsai-Meister erzählte mir, er sei drei Jahre ohne Entgelt in die Lehre gegangen, ehe sein Meister ihm gestattete, einen Baum zu beschneiden. Diese übertriebene Sorgfalt im Detail und die Achtung vor überlieferten Regeln sind Gründe für die hohe Qualität, die man überall in Japan, ob in einer Restaurantküche oder in einer Werkhalle, antrifft.

Doch muss es in jeder demokratischen Gesellschaft eine legitime Debatte darüber geben, wie das richtige Verhältnis zwischen Anteilseignern und Aktionären aussehen soll. Dass Nachteile auch ihr Gutes haben, trifft womöglich sogar für das zu, was viele als Japans größtes Übel ansehen, nämlich seine nach innen gekehrte »Galapagos«-Mentalität. Begreiflicherweise wird diese Mentalität gewöhnlich als rein negativ dargestellt.  Jahrhunderts, einmal formuliert hat, »ins Geben und Nehmen mit der übrigen Welt« eingebunden ist.

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