Two writers discover the hidden spiritual richness of Japan
The folks at Kyoto Journal have sent me word of this special event at the Kampo Kaikan in Okazaki. On Saturday June 5th Rebecca Otowa will talk on her book At Home in Japan (Tuttle), and Andy Couturier will speak on his book A Different Kind of Luxury (Stone Bridge). Both of these writers are former Kyoto Journal contributors.
Rebecca Otowa’s At Home in Japan “tells the true story of a foreign woman who has been, for 30 years, the housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350-year-old farmhouse in rural Japan. This astonishing book traces a circular path, from the basic physical details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with whom the family shares the house. Rebecca Otowa then focuses on her inner life, touching on some of the pivotal memories of her time in Japan, the lessons in perception that Japan has taught her and, finally, the ways in which she has been changed by living in Japan.”
About A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance: “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.”
You can read his book blog here.
Time: June 5th 3-5pm
Place: Kampo Kaikan 4th floor.
This event is sponsored by Kyoto Journal. Telephone 075-771-7130 for enquiries.
The Kampo Kaikan is situated on the intersection of Reisen and Okazaki streets due east of Heian Jingu. Click on the map below for a larger image.