The Abundance of Less

The Abundance of Less

Lessons in Simple Living From Rural Japan

Book - 2017
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"Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary--yet exceptional--men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals' days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, North Atlantic Books,, [2017]
Edition: Revised edition.
ISBN: 9781623171322
Characteristics: xx, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An anarchist potter and his underground teahouse / San Oizumi
A woodblock craftsman discovers hand work and the heart / Osamu Nakamura
Making time to stop and think: principles to live by from a mother and activist / Atsuko Watanabe
The exuberant buddhist / Kogan Murata
Breaking the trance of "the next better thing" / Asha Amemiya
From engineer to children's book artist to cosmological theorist / Akira Ito
"Sometimes just touching the Earth is enough" / Wakako Oe
In search of the peculiar: a collector of fragrances and his ceramic menagerie / Gufu Watanabe
A philosopher of the rice fields / Koichi Yamashita
"Where from, where to?": a writer and philosopher investigates the dreams of the universe / Masanori Oe.
Summary: "Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary--yet exceptional--men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals' days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives."--Page 4 of cover.

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