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Zen and a Way of Sustainable Prosperity Will be Available in Japanese Soon

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The Japanese version of Zen and a Way of Sustainable Prosperity will be released on December 22nd.

 

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I began translating the English version directly into Japanese at first, but soon after I realized it was better to just write it in Japanese from scratch.

 

I have also decided to divide the original book into several different sections, and this is the first section.

 

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I Gave the First ZENWSP Workshop

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I gave the first ZENWSP workshop on the weekend. It was great to be able to share the contents on ZENWSP with some people since many of the people I know couldn’t read the book in English.

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It was an interactive session and I learned a lot from the participants, too. It seems that many people feel the same way about the conventional motivational success philosophies and it assured me that creating an alternative method was the right move.

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Building an Earth Oven with Children

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My son participated in an earth oven making workshop in Hino. It was held in Zao which is a neighboring community, and many families from the local network attended it with children. Most of the kids will be going to the same elementary school, and again, I felt hope in the future of our neighborhood.

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More and more people in Hino are turning organic and it is wonderful to see it happening within my neighborhood. There are 4 elementary schools in Hino and my son will be going to Nishioji elementary school. It is a regular public school but it is very small; one class in each year and there are about 10 pupils in each class: There will be just 4 in my son’s class. Therefore it can be flexible and parents can participate in school affairs more easily than big schools.

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There are about 6 families with children who lead organic ways of living in Nishioji area, and that can be quite influential, given the size of the school.

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We made pizza in the oven.

 

I am giving a 2-day workshop in Japanese on December 2nd and 3rd.

http://zenquest.net/index.php?zenwspworkshop

 

A Local Market in Hino Has Tuned Organic

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We had an open-air-market called Hinomaru Market in Hino on Sunday.

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It was a freezing day but many people came.

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Hawaiian music gave us a little comfort bringing in tropical air.

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And hot beer warmed us up even more-haha.

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I noticed that there were more people selling organic food this time compare to the last time, and it looks like Hino is turning organic much faster than I thought.

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There even was a group of people chanting The Hare Krishna mantra.

 

I am giving a 2-day workshop in Japanese on December 2nd and 3rd.

http://zenquest.net/index.php?zenwspworkshop

 

 

 

What Happens When Local Culture and Organic Culture merge?

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Hino town in Shiga prefecture where I live is becoming a happening place. It is the birthplace of Omi-Hino-merchants, and now many people are moving into this town. The population of new comers is increasing every year.

 

Many of the new comers are leading a so-called Han-No-Han-X lifestyle, half farming half something else. It is a sustainable lifestyle based on Satoyama; growing food organically, using wood in the mountains for fire or carpentry work, and making traditional fermented food such as miso and pickles.

 

We are forming a local network to communicate with one another, too. And recently we are reaching out to locals, as well, which doesn’t usually happen so much in other places.

 

Local people tend to be not interested in organic life, partly because they grew up with it. It is a lifestyle their grand parents were leading and therefore it is old and not trendy at all to them; they are more attracted to a modern urban lifestyle.

 

However, there is one thing in common between the two groups; we both love our town and want to revitalize our town. More and more local people are starting to realize that the traditional organic culture based on Satoyama is the magnet to attract new comers and it is the treasure of our town.

 

They began to relearn organic farming or traditional way of fermenting food, and you know what? They do it better than the new comers: It is ingrained in them; they have inherited it from their ancestors.

 

The new comers can bring in new air and the locals can polish it with their down-to-earth skills: Together, we can create a new trendition( trend + tradition) to change the nation from the countryside.

 

There is going to be a local and organic market called Hinomaru Market at Matsuo Park (next to the town hall) in Hino town this Sunday, the 19th.

http://enjoy-wonderful-life.com/hinomaru-marche-vol2

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I am giving a 2-day workshop in Japanese on December 2nd and 3rd.

http://zenquest.net/index.php?zenwspworkshop

 

 

How to Start a Sanpo-Yoshi Business

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I talked about Sanpo-Yoshi at Pechakucha night, but only briefly, so I am sharing links to the blog posts I wrote before.

How to Start a Sanpo-Yoshi-Business Part 1: Making it Urite-Yoshi

How to Start a Sanpo-Yoshi-Business Part 2: Can We Pursue Our Artistic Careers As Our Sanpo-Yoshi Businesses?

How to Start a Sanpo-Yoshi-Business Part 3: Making it Kaite-Yoshi

How to Start a Sanpo-Yoshi Business Part 4: Making it Seken-Yoshi

How to Start a Sanpo-Yoshi Business Part 5: Making it Sanpo-Yoshi

 

I am giving a 2-day workshop in Japanese on December 2nd and 3rd.

http://zenquest.net/index.php?zenwspworkshop

 

How to Use ZENWSP in Politics Part 5: Do You Edit Your Ideas?

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After the market organized by Seeds of Sustainability, I attended Satish Kumar’s talk at Higashi-Hongan-Temple. He is quite old now but is still vibrant as ever. The first time I heard him speak was about 33 years ago in London, when he gave a joint-talk with Petra Kelly who was representing the German Green Party. He hasn’t changed at all.

 

As I said before, one of the reasons I created ZENWSP is to empower sustainable-minded people to get into influential position in society.

 

Since we had an election, I have been thinking about how we can apply ZENWSP to politics.

 

I said it was good to brainstorm your ideas for action, but you don’t want to stop there.

 

You want to move on to the next stage called editing. Nonetheless, this editing step is often forgotten or skipped due to our busy schedule and so on.

 

Good example is when we conduct sessions like World Café or Open Space Technology to gather ideas for our action. What we do is brainstorming. We get some ideas, sometimes useful ideas, but without the editing process, those ideas won’t become workable. They may be time-consuming, not feasible, or not effective enough. Every idea needs to be evaluated measuring from all angles. We do that when we conduct business, but because we engage in political activities on voluntary basis, this action sometimes is neglected. Partly because we don’t want to deny anyone’s ideas, and evaluation sounds like denying.

 

Therefore it is good to have the second and the third session for editing. This time with fewer members. I would take time to do editing because, in the long run, it will save many people’s time if you can come up with a method which requires the least time and create the maximum result.

 

I am giving a 2-day workshop in Japanese on December 2nd and 3rd.

http://zenquest.net/index.php?zenwspworkshop