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The Abundance of Less

Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan

by Andy Couturier


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Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary—yet exceptional—men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals' days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives.

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North Atlantic Books
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Andy Couturier (Author)

Andy Couturier, an expert in Asian philosophical systems, spent four years living in rural Japan. There, he wrote for the Japan Times, worked with local environmentalists on preservation projects, and studied the connections between Japanese aesth...

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