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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A terrible desperate poignancy for me and my family

I just got this message from a man living in Japan.

Hi Andy,
I'm just in the middle of the chapter about Atsuko Watanabe. What she said, [about nuclear power] and what San Oizumi was saying in the first chapter has a terrible, desperate poignancy for me and my family. We live in Fukushima. Hopefully, just about far enough away from the plants to be safe, but it is not something I'd ever imagined my life becoming -- the daily radiation check with a geiger counter in my potato plants.
Loving your book, but finding it all a bit sad right now. Can't wait for the happy ending!

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