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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wakako's house of botanical sculptures, puppets and calligraphy

Have you read Chapter 7 about the botanical artist and farming mentor Wakako Oe?  Here's a view of the inside of her house, full to the brim with vines, gourds, baskets, calligraphy and dried herbs and flowers.

By the way, this is a simple, peaceful "ambient" video.  Nothing dramatic happens: it's simply the feel of being in Wakako and Masanori's house.

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