I just got an inspiring email from a man named Sekiya Yuya who lives in Japan, and the book has "given him confidence that there's a more natural way" to live in his home country.
Wow, thanks for writing to me. I have been just thinking about you! I ordered your book from a book store and just read the chapter on Kogan Murata. (chapter 4--Here's an excerpt from a previous blog entry) It gave me great feelings and inspirations, especially because I am in the same flute tradition. Each chapter gave me a new way to look at Japan. I have read Oe Masanori's (Chapter 11) books, so I was surprised that you actually met with him. I had to pass your book to my Japanese-American friend from Hawaii, so I will order it one more time from a book store.
Recently I decided to leave Tokyo and travel in Japan by foot with my flute. Your book is one of the reasons, and gave me good news and confidence that there is more natural way to be in Japan, to seek the Way. I hope someday I will meet people like you showed in the book, and find out and create good community in nature.