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.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Book Signing (w/ Rustic Tea) in Berkeley Friday 2/26

Join us for the first public book signing event this Friday, Feb. 26th at 7pm on Fourth Street in Berkeley!

The event will be sponsored by one of the foremost US purveyors of fine Asian teas, Teance, and will have decidedly "tea" flair to it. The location is just next to the Peet's Coffee on Fourth Street, and starts promptly at 7 pm. The event is part of Teance's weekly "class" series, and there will be a $10 admission, which includes a sample of a rare rustic tea grown only in a few remote valleys in the mountains of Japan.

Event Description: Author and photographer Andy Couturier discusses his new book about people living simple, sustainable, extraordinary lives in rural Japan. This book lets readers feel the flavor and texture of the lives of a number of fascinating artists, philosophers and farmers who've chosen lives of reduced consumption and increased satisfaction. Although raised in the tumult of Japan's industrial powerhouse, each of these men and women have made the transition to slower, more deeply satisfying lives, with plenty of time for contemplation and a deeper connection with the natural world. This event at Teance will feature a rare rural tea grown only in a few valleys of the island of Shikoku, and attendees will be able to see a number of the original pieces by these artists, including original ceramic works, woodblock prints, hand-bound books, and hand-dyed fabric hangings. The author will also show beautiful slides from of these people's way of life, and there will be a question and answer period at the end. $10 Rare tea served Event Website Here.


Bookshop Santa Cruz, Monday March 1, 7:30-9

1520 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 (831)423-0900

The Booksmith Thursday, March 11, 6:30 PM

1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

(Co-sponsored by SF Japan Society)

Berkeley Ecology Center, Thursday March 18th, 7-9 PM

2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 510-548-2220

Commonwealth Club of California Tuesday April 20th

5:30 pm (networking) 6:00 event

595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 597-6700 $8 members, $15 non-members

1 comment:

  1. Hi Andy, Thanks so much for coming to the Commonwealth Club last night! The information you presented was extremely interesting and gave me quite a bit to contemplate at an important point in my life. I'm really looking forward to reading your book.