2009年05月26日

Towards an economiy of Happiness

I will be speaking on the topic of moving from GNP to GNH at an event on June 25 at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, in Tokyo. More information on the event can be found here.

I look forward to seeing friends new and old at this event, and sharing a lively discussion.
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2009年05月20日

Finland

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I was in Finland from the end of April to early May. So now I know everything about Finland — ask me anything! Haha. I am totally ready for the seminar that I have jointly planned and organized with my Finnish friend, Seppo Kimanen, the renowned cellist and the cultural attache of the Finnish Embassy in Japan. Here are some details about the upcoming seminars I’ll be participating in, starting on May 30, 2009. Two philosophers from Helsinki University and the inventor Yasuyuki Fujimura will join us as well. Feel free to stop by.
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2009年04月26日

Update from Totsuka

This weekend I’ll be attending the International Eco-Village Conference in Tokyo. My lecture will be on April 26th, titled Re-Localization and Slow Life. I will also be MC-ing a workshop called Eco-Villages and Mental Illness. This dovetails with my newly released Yukkuri Notebook on Bethel House, an alternative mental health center in Urakawa, southern Hokkaido. Please come if you are in the Tokyo area.read more
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2008年11月14日

Helena in Japan

My friend and renowned ecologist Helena Norberg-Hodge is now in Japan, and I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with her, interviewing her in hopes that we can eventually publish our talks in book form. Today is the first day of the World Buddhist Forum in Tokyo, where she will be one of the keynote speakers along with Joanna Macy. Unfortunately I cannot participate this weekend, but on Sunday I will continue with my interview with her and on Monday I will join her onstage for a gathering at the University of Tokyo. There, she will be showing a rough cut of her forthcoming documentary film, “The Economics of Happiness.”
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Peace and Green Boat 2008

On November 21, I will leave from Kobe to join the Peace and Green Boat. I will be the main coordinator of the programs taking place on board. Guest lecturers on board besides myself include Douglas Lummis, Chinen Ushi, Okinawan rapper Kakumakushaka, and many scholars and activists from Korea. I am very excited.
More information about the Peace and Green Boat can be found on their website.
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