Raised in the tumult of Japan’s industrial powerhouse, the 11 men and women profiled in A Different Kind of Luxury have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. Based on Andy Couturier's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly designed volume has a wealth of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with the natural world, and contributing to their communities. In their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters. Read an excerpt of the book here or here. Read a review of the book here, here, or here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Pico Iyer's enthusiastic words

Pico Iyer, one of the most well known travel writers alive today wrote about A Different Kind of Luxury:

“Andy Couturier catches everything that is essential and beautiful in Japan with a clarity, sincerity and openness that move me to the core. I’ve never met him or spoken to him but ever since I began devouring his essays on simplicity, humanity and sanity, I’ve felt closer to the Japan that all of us have most to learn from—and that’s too often lost. It’s been years since such a fresh and liberating voice has emerged to remind us of the true heart of a country that so many of us fail to see—or, indeed, to listen to.

And! big news: The book is scheduled to ship from the printer on January 5. You can order it now online and have it sent as soon as it becomes available. http://amzn.com/193333083X

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