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 28, 2012

San Francisco Asian Art Museum Public Talk on ADKL!

If you are in Northern California, please come out to a big headline lecture I'll be giving on January 13, a Sunday, from 2-4 PM, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.  200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

I'll be serving the rare and rustic Awa Bancha, made by Nakamura (Chapter 2) himself (he gave me some on my recent trip).  I'll also be joined by the magnificent Shakuhachi player Cornelius Shinzen Boots who will play a few tunes of Koku Nishimura, the teacher of Murata (chapter 4).  I will show many beautiful slides that we didn't have room to put in the book as well.  I hope you can make it, and share this blog post with people in your networks. 
Here's the announcement: 

Join Andy Couturier and musician Cornelius Shinzen Boots (深禅) for an afternoon of conversation, rustic Awa Bancha tea, mellifluous shakuhachi, and a  a book signing for A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance. Based on Andy's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly designed and warmly written volume is a treasure chest of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with nature, artistic practice, and contributing to their communities.

Painting by Wakako Oe, Chapter 7

Andy Couturier is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer and the author of Writing Open the Mind. He has contributed to Adbusters, MIT Press, The Oakland Tribune, The Japan Times, Kyoto Journal, Creative Nonfiction, and The North American Review. Couturier lived for four years in Japan, where he taught, worked as a journalist, and participated in environmental causes. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and runs The Opening (http://theopening.org), a center for courses in writing.
Koichi Yamashita, Philosopher, Chapter 9

Painting by Akira Ito, Chapter 6

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