The Kyoto Journal News Page is featuring a book that demonstrates the kind of quality of life that many people in Japan (especially ecological peacebuilders) want to maintain and encourage:
Andy Couturier’s A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance has just been published by Stone Bridge Press.Read the great discussions between author and readers at the book blog here.
"Raised in the tumult of Japan’s industrial powerhouse, the eleven men and women profiled in A Different Kind of Luxury have all made the transition to sustainable, deeply fulfilling lives in the mountains of Japan.
Based on Andy Couturier's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly-designed volume is a treasure chest of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with nature, and contributing to their communities."
(Given recent discussion at the post on energy sources about the importance of changing popular attitudes towards consumption and ideas about "quality of life"--thought this would be an interesting follow-up.)