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By Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s business powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this publication have all made the transition to sustainable, gratifying lives. they're this present day artists, philosophers, and farmers who live deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives will be basic, but they're surrounded via the luxuries of nature, artwork, contemplation, scrumptious meals, and an abundance of time. For example:

Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an outdated farmhouse Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has develop into a painter and children’s ebook illustrator and explores the position of chi (life power) within the universe via paintings and track Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts dependent bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is an exceptional artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps by means of offering the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier exhibits how we can also shuttle a significant direction of residing easily, with recognize for our groups and our typical assets. after we go away at the back of the great burdens of salary exertions, debt, rigidity, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new manner. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional jap non secular knowledge, they've got cast a brand new variety of modernity, and of their luck is a lesson for us all: reside a lifestyles that concerns.

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Tōgō refused to hand him over to the (provisional government) authorities. Instead, he deposited him with the Japanese Consul. Later, Tōgō refused to permit a gun salute to the President of the new government when the latter’s 1882–1921 FROM STUDENT TO NAVAL ACADEMY PRESIDENT 41 ship passed alongside. 16 Tōgō, as befitting naval officers in command positions, was well versed in international law. Katō later described both incidents in great detail recounting how Tōgō had always emphasized that naval officers must have an excellent understanding of international law.

19 This incident indicated yet again to Katō Tōgō’s resoluteness and courage in his own interpretations of international law. FROM ENGLAND TO THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR When the war ended Katō continued to serve aboard the Hashidate until October 1895. Then he was appointed as Navigation Officer on the Chiyoda. He served aboard her until 1896 when, anchored in Jinseg, Korea, he then received orders to proceed to England and join the steaming crew responsible for sailing the newly-constructed battleship Fuji back to Japan.

Like Katō’s parents and the domain in which they all lived, Hashimoto showed that blend of ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ values which characterized successive generations in modern Japan. 37 But despite the many rich strands in Hashimoto’s writings it was probably his attitude to traditional values and his heroic sacrifice which left a lasting impression on Katō. In addition, Hashimoto had written a highly influential essay on the education of young men and Katō Kanji went on to occupy all the top educational as well as command posts in the Imperial Japanese Navy.

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