Local poet, writer, teacher and sustainable living advocate Andy Couturier has written a book that is as beautiful as it is telling. Focusing on eleven men and women raised in the tumult of Japan 's industrial powerhouse, each of the people profiled in Couturier’s book made a transition away from industry-fueled careers toward more sustainable, fulfilling lives. They are today artists, philosophers, and farmers who reside deep in the mountains of rural Japan . We meet people like Atsuko Watanabe, an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism while raising her two daughters in an old farmhouse, to Akira Ito, an ex-petroleum engineer who became a painter and children's book illustrator. Couturier, by presenting the journeys of these ordinary--yet exceptional--people, shows how we too can travel a meaningful path of living simply, with respect for our communities and our natural resources. These Japanese are pioneers in a sense; drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom they have forged a new style of modernity, and in their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters.
Andy Couturier will read from the book, give a presentation about his journey in Japan , do an audience Q&A, and sign copies of A Different Kind of Luxury. We hope to see you there!