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 booklet have all made the transition to sustainable, pleasurable lives. they're at the present time artists, philosophers, and farmers who stay deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives can be easy, but they're surrounded through the luxuries of nature, artwork, contemplation, scrumptious nutrients, 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 via featuring the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier exhibits how we can also trip a significant course of residing easily, with appreciate for our groups and our typical assets. once we depart at the back of the great burdens of salary exertions, debt, tension, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new manner. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional japanese religious knowledge, they've got cast a brand new sort of modernity, and of their good fortune is a lesson for us all: dwell a lifestyles that issues.

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Until Imperial Japan’s emergence on the global scene, every inch of territory washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean was subject, either directly or indirectly, to the weight and power of a vast White ascendancy, from Alaska to Chile, from Siberia to New Zealand. When Perry sailed into Edo Bay in 1853, China was prostrate; Japan was impotent; the Pacific was a White lake. From that momentous date in 1552 when Magellan first sailed into the Pacific, this White ascendancy was nearly 400 years in the making.

7 The Kyoto School’s response to Jünger offers a fundamental challenge to the reigning orthodox interpretation of the Second World War. Jünger’s argument is best read alongside the sociology of Max Weber, the founder of modern social science. In The Spirit of Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic and his controversial studies of the strengths and weaknesses of commercial and scientific cultures of Asia, Weber sought to American empire and the Kyoto School 13 explain the decisive importance of rationality and subjectivity in the rise of Europe and the relative failure of the non-Western world to match Western success in the political-economic-social sphere.

Furthermore, the war that weighs most heavily on the deliberations of the president, his military planners and foreign advisers (as the interviews gathered in Bob Woodward’s Bush at War make clear)2 is not some glorious military feat from the recent past but the debacle of Vietnam. Memories of that jungle quagmire explain not only the Pentagon’s caution over the prospect of fresh Asian adventures but also the determination of the ultra-nationalists in the administration to wage as many foreign conflicts as it takes to bleach away the humiliation of the fall of Saigon in 1975.

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