Vision

To help transition Japan to a peace promoting post-carbon country while enjoying every step of the process.
僕のビジョンは、祖国日本で、平和文化を育みポストカーボン(Post-Carbon) 社会を促進してゆく事です。
化石燃料や原子力に頼らず、他国の資源を取らない、
自給自足な国へのトランジションを実現させてゆきたいです。

Friday, May 15, 2015

Symphony of Peace Prayers 2015 (+ the Future of Leadership Forum)

English first

日本語は下だよ〜

Today, I'm helping out with the Future Of Leadership Forum in Tokyo. This started last year when Lynn Twist came to Japan. Then tomorrow, my good friend and giftivist Yuka Saionji invited me to the event below. I'm just so grateful to have so many friends who live to bring peace in themselves and in the world. We have an abundance of creative young peacemakers!!! Thank you thank you thank you.



2015 Symphony of Peace Prayers ceremony, to be held on May 17, 2015 at Fuji Sanctuaryand around the world.

Every year, the SOPP at Fuji is a large-scale event, welcoming many thousands of participants along with an international group of prayer leaders and guests. This year, we are hosting a very special SOPP, in which leaders in many different fields-including politics, business, science, education, and the arts-will join with religious and spiritual leaders from around the world to celebrate the inauguration of the Fuji Declaration.

The Fuji Declaration is an international charter that seeks to awaken the sacred consciousness-the divine spark-in all humanity, in order to spur a transformation in our civilization and create a more peaceful, harmonious way of life on the planet Earth. The declaration has been endorsed by a wide range of prominent individuals around the world who support its ideals and goals.

As a global celebration of harmony and oneness where people from all different backgrounds join together to pray for peace and create a better world, the SOPP at Fuji Sanctuary was seen as the perfect occasion to inaugurate this historic document. Already, the staff of Byakko Shinko Kai are busy preparing and upgrading the grounds of Fuji Sanctuary to get ready for this momentous occasion!

SOPP2014-flags-captionAnd of course, the 2015 SOPP will include its core programs of ‘Praying with the Religions of the World’ and ‘Prayers for Peace in Each Country and Region’. We are looking forward to conducting these programs with the many new guests and participants who will be experiencing them for the first time. It is our hope that in launching the Fuji Declaration amidst the harmonious, unifying energy of the SOPP, the combined power of these two events will further expand their reach, urging humanity to awaken to its true, divine nature even one day sooner.

The 2015 SOPP ceremony at Fuji Sanctuary is free of charge and open to all. Please contact us if you are interested in attending or need further information. The ceremony will also be broadcast live over the internet, and we invite everyone to tune in. The link for the webcast will be posted here closer to May 17.

Even if you will not be in Japan this May, we hope you will take part in the SOPP by attending or organizing a local ceremony or prayer gathering. The SOPP website has a map with events taking place around the world, and many inspiring resources to help you create your own beautiful peace gathering. If you will be hosting an event or even praying at home on your own, please register on the SOPP website and let us know about it! The more people who take part, the stronger the vibrations of peace and harmony we will send out across the world!

May Peace Prevail on Earth!



ギフトエコノミー仲間の
ゆかちゃんから
こんな集まりに誘われたよ〜

因に僕は特定の宗教に属してはないけど、
スピリチャリティーは育てている
全ての命との繋がり
インタービーイング
平和・慈悲・愛




Symphony of Peace Prayersとは「シンフォニー・オブ・ピース・プレーヤーズ(SOPP)」は、さまざまな宗教を信仰する人々が一堂に会し、輝かしい未来の平和を創造してゆくための聖なる場であります。
SOPPの目的は、参加者が異なる宗教の真理、歴史、儀式、教義に理解を深めつつ、お互いの祈りを尊重し、祈り合うことにより、平和なひびきを世界中に発信しつづけてゆくことであります」 
― 富士聖地SOPPでの西園寺昌美のスピーチより

SOPPは、”平和に向けた意識変革”の一つのムーブメントとして、毎年5月に世界中で開催されている行事です。平和な未来の創造は、私たち一人一人の心から始まります。信仰、信条、民族、国籍、経歴など、あらゆる違いを超えてSOPPの場に集まられた人々は、平和で調和した世界を体験し、自らの心の平和が世界に向けて広がってゆくことを実感されることでしょう。

さまざまな平和の祈りを共に祈るSOPPのコアとなるのは、祈りのプログラムです。「各宗教・宗派の祈り」のセレモニーでは、さまざまな宗教の平和の祈りを各宗教の代表者が祈り、参加者もその祈りやメッセージを唱和します。そこにいるすべての人が、お互いの平和を祈り合うのです。
祈りには力があります。皆で心を合わせて祈る平和の祈りは、大いなる力となって発信されてゆきます。参加者は、固有の宗教を持っていなくても構いません。平和に向けて、心から共に祈ろうと望む方が、意識改革の潮流を創り出してゆくのです。
人々がそれぞれの宗教の平和の祈りを祈ろうと心を開くと、その場は愛と平和のメッセージに包まれてゆきます。その愛と平和への願い、祈りこそ、すべての宗教やスピリチュアルな教えの真髄であると言えましょう。さまざまな教えを信奉する人々が一堂に会し、共に平和な世界を築くという目標を持つことで、人類は一つであるという意識に大きく近づいてゆくのです。
年々、SOPPに参加する人は多くなっています。毎年5月の定期的なセレモニーに加え、年間を通して、世界各地で開かれているスピリチュアルな平和の行事(9月のインターナショナル・ディ・オブ・ピースや、その他の平和の催し)ともつながってきています。

国連本部総会議場での行事の中で行なわれたSOPP
2013年2月14日、アメリカ・ニューヨークの国際連合本部総会議場で、「United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony(宗教間の調和を通じた平和の文化のための結束)」という行事が開催され、第2部の中で「シンフォニー・オブ・ピース・プレヤーズ(SOPP)」が行なわれました。このプログラムでは、11人の宗教代表者が、各宗教宗派の平和の祈りを行ない、その冒頭で、本会西園寺昌美会長が、SOPPの提唱者としてスピーチを行ないました。
国連総会議場で宗教の祈りが行なわれるのは異例のことでしたが、この日、人々は「いかなる宗教信仰があろうとも、平和のもとに一つになれる」ということを謳い上げ、厳かで美しい平和の祈りの交響曲を奏でました。


Thursday, May 7, 2015

5/10/2015 Wake Up! Day of Mindfulness + Flash mob in Tokyo



今年もやるよ!
プラムヴィレッジからのお坊さん4名をお招きして、
若者たちの瞑想会を開催!! 5/10(日)は原宿駅に集まれ★

Friends, join us for a Wake Up flash mob meditation and gathering with Plum Village monks and nuns on the 10th of May at Harajuku Bridge in Tokyo! Young people of all ages are welcome. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to join us for lunch.
SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS

■Wake Up!って??
欧米の若者達が始めた運動で、マインドフル(意識的)に生きようとする若い人たちが一緒に瞑想したり、悩みを共有したり、希望のある新しい社会を創造したりする集まりです。10代から30代が中心ですが、それ以外の方も参加可能です。

以下は詳細↓ English below
<だいたいのスケジュール>
※変更になったら、その都度お伝えします※
11:20 原宿駅に集合
11:30 原宿橋にてフラッシュモブ瞑想 鐘がなったら開始だよ
11:50 瞑想終了→公園へ移動(歩く瞑想)
12:30 食べる瞑想(おにぎり交換会)
13:30 ミニシェアリング&歌をうたおう♪
14:00 横になる瞑想
15:00 シェアリング
16:00 マインドフルネスアワーにjoin♪U-streamで世界中の人と同時瞑想!!
17:00 解散

<持ち物>
★ランチ用に2つ以上のおにぎりを持ってきてね。
※中身はベジタリアンでも食べられる具だと嬉しいな 。
※もちろんおかずやデザート、おやつも持ってきていいです♪

★横になる瞑想用に敷物を
★1日屋外にいるので、日焼け対策を!帽子は必須アイテムだよ。
★マインドフルネスアワーではU-streamの配信を見ながら瞑想をするから、タブレット端末、スマホ、WiFiルーターをお持ちの方は持ってきてね♡


<参加費>
★恩送り・ドネーション


<注意、いろいろ>
★前日までにここのページで場所の変更などをお知らせします。
★当日、突然雨が降ってきてもいいように、怪しい天気の時は傘をお忘れなく。
★フラッシュモブは、写真を参考に通行人の妨げにならないように座ってね。
★11:30 の鐘が聞こえたら、わらわらと 橋の上で座りはじめ、瞑想してください。
★イベントの途中参加、途中抜けも大丈夫だよ。その際にはひとことくださいませ♪


<申し込み>
★このFBページの参加するボタンを押してね。
★FBをやってないお友達がいても、お気軽に誘ってください。

-------------------English-----------------------



The detailed schedule:

11:20 Gather at Harajuku
11:30 Flashmob meditation at Harajuku bridge (harajukubashi).
We will start when the bell rings!

11:50 Flashmob ends and we will do walking meditation to park
12:30 Eating meditation (rice ball exchange and potluck)
13:30 Mini-sharing and singing
14:00 Total Relaxation
15:00 Sharing
16:00 Join into "Mindfulness hour" meditate with people around the world
17:00 DOM ends

* Things to bring *
If you can, please bring two or more vegetarian onigiris (rice balls) for potluck.
Other vegetarian dishes and desserts are welcome!
Something to lie down on (e.g. yoga mat)
We will be out all day so please bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen)

Donations are welcome!

* Additional Information *
Any changes will be posted on this page (FB)
If the weather is cloudy or lightly raining, please bring an umbrella
For the flashmob, please sit on the edges so as not to disturb traffic
When you hear the bell at 11:30, please find a place to sit down and meditate
You are welcome to arrive late or leave early, but please let us know



Thursday, April 16, 2015

JUNE 1st Patriot Act Renewal Day w/ John Oliver

Wanted to share this important and comical video. The topic of surveillance and corruption is such a critical topic, but I want to share this video because it illustrates something deeper about our culture and society (the whole "dick pic" approach). Its funny and sad at the same time. I'm also deeply intrigued by the power of COMEDY, and the combination of comedy x media x social change. Its important to laugh.

JUNE 1st Patriot Act Renewal Day!





Monday, March 30, 2015

TUP 2015 Bay Area Urban Permaculture Gift Ecology experient

Hello~

I'm currently touring around Japan with my all time hero Satish Kumar and his wife June. What a super special treat. I first met him in college around 2004. And now I am hanging out with him everyday, translating for him and asking him all sorts of questions. Even hanging out in the hot springs! Very exciting.

Soon to do the same with the Plum Village monastics (unfortunately Thich Naht Hanh had a medical emergency) who will come to Japan in May.

My next big project:

Tokyo Urban Permaculture’s new (r)Evolutionary project has started.
It took us both a long time to decide but we finally committed ourselves to make our “Life Transforming California permaculture tour” we host in June to be based in gift ecology (aka gift economy).

Our feelings go up and down almost every single day between getting super nervous about our decision and super excited about it. But we want do something with an edge to shift our world and help us grow! Our fellow giftivists helped us take the next step.

Gift Ecology - the ecosystem based on trust and mutual support, the world of abundance with gift and love. A difference of paradigm from out exchange and scarcity based economic system.

We believe in it, we want to show that it is possible, so here we go entering into this new experiment!!!


****************** Project Announcement *********************************

TUP 2015 Bay Area Urban Permaculture Gift Ecology experiment
2015/5/31~2015/6/10
San Francisco, Santa Cruz, East Bay

In this project we are offering an experiential tour showcasing Bay Area’s leading models of urban permaculture, agroecology and concrete examples of life in the gift ecology.

Here is the story behind this crazy project.

It all started from the conversation between Kai Saywer (Tokyo Urban Permaculture) and his brothers, Pancho and Sam at Casa de Paz (Fruitvale). Pancho and Sam are incredible giftivists (gift activists) who are doing (r)Evolutionary works in Oakland, CA. Kai went to their house to ask if we can show their place and their experiment at Casa de Paz as a model for gift economy. They told Kai that what they are trying to embody is not mealy a gift economy but is to live in the ecosystem of abundance based on mutually supporting human relationship that does not rely on money. They call it gift ecology. We were hoping to introduce their philosophy as a model but they encouraged us to see this as an opportunity to practice gift ecology ourselves.

Kai got really inspired by this conversation and brought this idea to Eri. After multiple discussions and self questioning, we have decided to do the tour with gift ecology principles. We are thrilled at our adventure ahead and also quite nervous not knowing how this will turn out. Originally, our conventional thinking lead us to offer a tour for $1500 per person aside from the flight cost to cover the cost of rental car, lodging, tour fee for guides, Kai’s flight and coordinating fee for both of us. We had a practical concern for how to pay for the car rental, lodging, flight, and our rent, so then we thought of having a fee to cover just the basics (rentals, lodging) and our time and efforts as a gift. But that complicated matters in us when we started talking about to what extent we include to be the fee. Since we are aiming for a shift in consciousness, it seemed like mixing conventional economics and gift ecology wouldn’t manifest the highest potential of this project. In the end, we told ourselves “let’s just make it all a gift and see what happens!” We believe in the power of the relationship that gifts generates and we wanted to have participants feel what it is all about not just by learning conceptually but to experience it. Being the change we wish to see in the world!

It is our invitation to the world to experience what soulful giving bring to us. We want to share how relationship can be cultivated when money is not the bottom-line of exchange and giving. Besides, we cannot put a price tag on people we think are super inspiring urban permaculturists and places that we think are incredible. We wanted participants to see the value and decide the value themselves.

We also shifted how we chose participants from first-come-first-serve basis to more involved selection process. It takes more time and effort in our part but we wanted to know more about who they are.

What’s amazing is that once we decided to make this tour into a gift, we already started to receive gifts. Pancho and Sam gifted us with housing and food for three days and our new friend Ayako invited us to her house for three days in East Bay.

We want to pay forward these gifts we are receiving to the participants as gifts.

Let’s make the “impossible”, possible.
Life is a gift, and nature provides us with abundance.
Each of us have so much to give.

We just have to circulate these gifts.


Love
Kai and Eri


* To know more about giftivsm, please see below

About Pancho
http://www.dailygood.org/story/127/if-you-want-to-be-a-rebel-be-kind/

About Casa De Paz
http://www.awakin.org/local/oakland/

About Canticle Farm (Urban Permaculture Garden run by Casa de Paz)
http://www.awakin.org/local/oakland/

Nipun Mehta Super inspiring giftvist who has started Service space and Karma Kitchen
http://nipun.servicespace.org/about/


* If you would like to support/contribute/participate in this experiment in anyway, please contact us at tup2015baytour(a)gmail.com   

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More information on giftisim (gift economy, gift ecology)

Hey all
I'm in Bali for a break, been super active with the Tokyo Urban Permaculture book project, and now that its published, I just got busier!!! More on that hopefully later or see my last article about it (we sold out the first 2000 copies we printed in a few weeks).

I just got an email from several giftivists (those who practice gift economics or live in the gift ecology, click here for more info), and I want to share them. These are some of the people who have inspired me greatly, and continue to do so.

And for those who are emailing me, thanks!!! I'm snailing on the responses, but they are in my consciousness. The best way to meet me is to come to my workshop/event since that is what I'll be doing almost everyday until early April. And reminder emails are super welcome. I suffer sometimes from an abundance of emails!!!
Please check Tokyo Urban Permaculture for events (sorry its in Japanese).


FIRST: Mark Boyle the moneyless manifesto man.

I volunteered at an event/movement he catalyzed called the Freeconomy festival. He is one of my early inspirations into the whole gift thing. Below is his email:

Hello!

Imagine having a naturally-built & free venue where you and others can stay, do workshops or team-building weekends, drink home-brew and eat zero-miles food, attend shindigs and skill-sharing evenings, or play games, retreat and relax in -- all entirely for free, and which you could use whenever you needed it?

Well, hopefully soon you can! We're in the second phase of creating it (I've attached a pic of it so far), and are crowdfunding to make it happen. While we give our time for free, we need your help with the initial construction costs. You can support it here (or share with anyone who may be interested):

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/happypig

You can also choose from a whole selection of rewards including courses in living without money, wild food, acrobalance, writing, yoga, your choice of three books personalised for you, weekend and week-long retreats both here at An Teach Saor and Earthwise Yoga Retreat, or an invite to a feast at our launch weekend ... and lots more!

I'd love to see some of you over here soon! x



Here is more on him: Mark Boyle: http://www.moneylessmanifesto.org/



SECOND: my new hero Pancho, sent me a bunch of info on how giftivism
  • Through sister Yuka and us you've heard already of Karma Kitchen. There's more you can learn about it here.
  • I know that brother Kazu Haga  is also doing something along those lines with the East Point Peace Academy and his gift-economics.
And of course you can learn more about our philosophy around service and how we are trying to move from a shared economy to a gift-ecology.



THIRD: my other new hero who I have yet to meet, Nipun emailed me in response to Pancho

In addition to what Pancho shared, here are some documents/videos/articles that you may like to read ... 


Its a lot of info I know! I'm snailing (or planning to snail) through them, but in the mean time, I though I'd share the love.

The forefront of my adventure is gifitivism, urban permaculture (with a focus on CULTURE), and mindfulness.

Love
Kai 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership. STOP IT

Ok, now back to politics.
Its the frontier of what I'm starting to work on.
Permaculture politics <- does="" like="" look="" p="" this="" what="">What would politically engaged permaculture look like?
Especially in the capitols of countries where money and power are concentrated.



For now, I'll just post something that is quite a big deal with activists in Japan, but probably quite under the radar for most Japanese and English-speakers alike. Its the next generation of a free trade agreement that will most likely prioritize corporate profit rights over human rights. While it may seem unfair and uncomfortable to demonize "corporations", its important to remember that corporations are not people. "A corporation is a company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity (legally a person) and recognized as such in law...Despite not being human beings, corporations, as far as the law is concerned, are legal persons, and have many of the same rights and responsibilities as natural persons do. Corporations can exercise human rights against real individuals and the state" (wikipedia). I'm still trying to understand this dynamic between corporations and human beings, but the problems I see include

1. giant corporations (e.g. Exxon-Mobile, Monsanto, Google) have disproportionately more resources and political power than ordinary people (but both are legal persons).

2. a single corporation's right to potential profit can strike down environmental and labor laws that seek to protect human beings, especially vulnerable populations. Or they demand giant fines from individuals and government.





Below is from wikipedia
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty. As of 2014 twelve countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region have participated in negotiations on the TPP: AustraliaBruneiCanadaChileJapanMalaysiaMexicoNew ZealandPeruSingapore, the United States, and Vietnam.
The proposed agreement began in 2005 as the Trans-Pacific Strategic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP or P4). Participating countries set the goal of wrapping up negotiations in 2012, but contentious issues such as agriculture, intellectual property, and services and investments have caused negotiations to continue into the present,[7] with the last round meeting in Ottawa from 3–12 July 2014.[8][9] Implementation of the TPP is one of the primary goals of the trade agenda of the Obama administration in the United States of America.
On 12 November 2011 the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announced that the TPP intended to "enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, to promote innovation, economic growth and development, and to support the creation and retention of jobs."[10] Some global health professionals, internet freedom activists, environmentalists, organized labor, advocacy groups, and elected officials have criticized and protested the negotiations, in large part because of the proceedings' secrecy, the agreement's expansive scope, and controversial clauses in drafts leaked to the public.[11][12][13][14]
On 16 October 2014, WikiLeaks released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter.[15]




And, there is a piece in there about the internet which I think we all need to be aware and engaged in. Don't take free internet for granted. It might change soon.


The TPP, like Keystone XL (North American tar sands pipeline), is a global game changer. It'll affect you whether you are engaged or not. These affect our global systems, including the ecosystem (our life-support system), economics, and human rights. Learn more for yourself (this post is definitely bias!).



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Japanese Urban Permaculture Guidebook is published!!!!

本が遂にできました〜!!!
東京アーバンパーマカルチャーのブログに
今から詳細を書く予定。
FINALLY
Tokyo Urban Permaculture's first book is out!!!
!WoW!


This experiment in permaculture designing an urban permaculture book was an amazing success. The design challenge was how to make a Japanese urban permaculture book without actually writing it! And how to design a situation where people would share their gifts freely, and receive joy from it. This book was a way to put my experiences from permaculture, nonviolent communication, and gift economics to practice. I don't fully understand how it all happened but now there is an amazing book, crowd-sourced, crowd-funded, and exceptionally beautiful. A glorified zine!

Over 20 professional editors, writers, and illustrators were involved in this project, many who gifted their work, and about 380 people funded this project. It is a 400 person book project. And, while the book is self-published, my friends at MM books are leveraging their social capital to place our books at sympathetic (empathetic?) stores! Not only that, we are asking the stores to buy the books from us, meaning before its on the shelves, we've already sold them! I don't even know who is involved and doing what anymore. Its a project that keeps giving. And isn't that the world we want to live in? To plant seeds and harvest abundance? Thats the world I want to live in.

I hope this will revolutionize the Japanese permaculture movement, and transform the urban cultural landscape. The party continues....

PS If you want to learn about my ideas on gift economy and giftivism click here

PPS I'm doing an impromptu book release party in the Bay Area at the beginning of February 2015. I'm bringing about 15 copies.

(R)evolution

 Picture from my first book publishing party at a straw-bale temple
that will be one of the many examples for Japanese urban permaculture.

Here are some samples from the book.
*there are a total of 184 pages.....Wow!







Illustration by fellow Bullocks intern Paul Kearsley from Terra Phoenix Design






















Below is what I wrote on 11/11/2014 in the midst of the crowd-funding campaign for my/our book. It gives some context about what this was all about. 

Hi all,
this is one of my most exciting projects that I have embarked on. A crowd-sourced, crowd-funded, gift economy style urban permaculture book. The main goal was to create a book through permaculture design about urban permaculture and cultural change. As co-existence revolutionary (my title in Japanese), I'm really trying to find ways to inspire people to live compassionately and creatively so that we can care for all beings. I want to present it attractively, I want it to be oozing with FUN, and I want people to know that its happening!!!

The chapters are EDIBLE, DIY, EDGE, GIFT, STOP. These are the hot topics of my work and what I see in the sphere of global activism. From guerrilla seed planting to burning man to meditation flash mobs. All the fun but deeply meaningful sprouts of hope that I see all over the world. I want to share it far and wide, and I'm starting with Japanese in urban contexts. Its such an untapped resource!

If you want to support me to make this book happen, we are currently trying to raise 2,000,000 yen, roughly $20,000, to self-publish. We reached our first goal of 1,500,000 yen a couple of weeks ago (woohoo!), but realized that the total cost is closer to 2,000,000 yen (thats why it says we are beyond 100% of our goal). Just a week left to go!!!

The crowd-funding site unfortunately has no easy way for non-Japanese contributions so if you want to support me, please send me a donation via paypal. If you would like to contribute to the  and receive a book, please send me $35+ and your address! I'll send it by mid-Febuary.




TOKYO URBAN PERMACULTURE BOOK PROJECT






-over 30 people involved, most are professional gifting their time and skills
-includes all the solutions that I'm spreading, permaculture, mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, gift economy, and political activism
-conversations with leading activists in each of those fields in Japan
-we will self-publish with the support of crowd-funders to make this a people's project and keep the gifts flowing. 

Book Intro 
(the actual book is in Japanese)

This book is an invitation to change the world that we live in. It was not created to merely be a consumable product, but designed as a tool to inspire compassionate action.  I want you to join me, and the millions of people around the world, who are dedicating their lives to practicing compassion for all beings. Our goal is to co-create a future where all people and all life matters—a world that is ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling.  I want each reader to know that you are invited on this exciting adventure, and that your diverse gifts are essential for this movement of love to flourish. And, we’re going to have fun!


The following pages are a collection of “seeds” with an enormous amount of potential to grow. In order to unleash that potential, the seeds need to planted, the sprouts to be watered, and the fruits to be celebrated. It’s all experimental and if things don’t go exactly as expected, let’s harvest the learning! This process of cultivating our consciousness is at the heart of our (r)evolution.  

CROWDFUNDING FOR MY 
URBAN PERMACULTURE BOOK

official site for the crowd funding in Japanese
https://motion-gallery.net/projects/TUPcrowdfunding


*click above to see sample pages

GIFTS for support (aka perks)
500 yen : electronic updates

3000 yen : + The Book

5000 yen : + a special message thanks card

10,000 yen : + select seed pack and invitation to the publishing party (Jan 2015)!

30,000 yen : + your name in the book as honorary supporters

50,000 yen : + personal 1h workshop / consultation via Skype (permaculture, NVC, gift economy)

150,000 yen : + full workshop or presentation (*venue and transportation costs must be provided)
  and 5 recommended book set

300,000 yen : + Tomohiko Murakami's limited edition designer book case

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nonviolent Communication Leadership Program

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Hello everybody who cares about life!
I want to share a very exciting opportunity, a journey of self-discovery, healing, and ultimately real social change. A path of compassion and understanding.

Ever since I learned about Nonviolent Communication during my college years, I have been convinced that this is a powerful and effective path toward a compassionate world. I gained clarity on how we can solve violence on a personal and structural level. The more I learn and practice NVC the more I see the light a in world of much darkness.

Last year, with the help of many wonderful people, I was able to participate in the NVC Leadership Program hosted by Bay NVC. It is a one year program consisting of weekly tele classes and 3 weeklong retreats. It was quite a big decision to take the program, and I already had done a 9 day international intensive training before, so I was a bit hesitant at first. But, I took a leap of faith and it was truly a most transformative gift that was given to me, and I would love to share that opportunity with as much people as possible. 

The program is for those with an understanding and experience with NVC, and seeks to create a safe-place to explore and "live" the consciousness. The quality of trainers are phenomenal, the location is relaxing and full of love, but most essential is the experience of practicing as a dedicated community. To really examine your edges, to practice being authentic, and to support others in the same way through empathy. It feels like a family dedicated to openness and compassion. 

Some unique features about the program is that it is year long. That means you have a community to support you for a long time! The retreats are times for intense growth and transformation, but between the retreats you can experiment with practicing in "normal life". Then come back to the retreat with all your questions and struggles. Another unique feature is that there are many assistance to support your learning, and emotional state. When you are struggling with something heavy, often there is an assistant there to support you. I remember quite vividly moments where people were triggered and left the room, only to be quickly followed by a willing assistant. Beautiful. Imagine a world where we were always looking out for each other, helping us love ourselves for who we are, and liberate ourselves from judgements. 

I learned how little I understood NVC, how much more there is to learn, what it means to "live" NVC. I love myself more, I have more choice in life, and I can empathize quite naturally. Its no longer a technique. I have a sense that I have grown as a human being, and my compassion has more depth and commitment. This year I'm joining as a voluntary assistant to support others have this experience, and to grow even more. Exciting!!!

Ultimately, this is an impossible attempt to share a rich and beautiful experience, but please consider the program. The trainers and the assistants are super dedicated, and there is so much love that I felt from them. There is still a space for this year, and there is possibility to  negotiate some of the conditions (e.g. starting in June rather than January). If this year is not realistic for you then you can try next year. What ever your situation, if you really want to do this, I'm sure we'll find a way to make it happen.

For details please see http://lp.learnnvc.org (website is plain but the experience is rich)

Hope to see you there
Very warmly
Kai

Below are pictures of the venue and staff

I love California!!!






Monday, December 15, 2014

Urban permaculture in Japan resource list (on-going project)

I was recently asked about urban permaculture.....again. So, in addition to my permaculture in Japan resource, I decided to start an urban permaculture resource list. This is a start, but slowly I'll get around to organizing it more. An important note is that these resources below are what I would loosely tag as urban permaculture or urban sustainability.

If you walk around in residential neighborhoods away from the station, you'll see some creative gardens and a variety of other sustainability inspired installations. Outside of the heart of Tokyo, there are still urban veggie farms and rice paddies. Especially in the North-West of Tokyo. In fact, the West side of Tokyo is forest and little know fact, there is one official "village" in Tokyo called Hinohara mura. This is all to say that Tokyo is super diverse.

Tokyo DIY garden has some cool pix to start you off.


HARAJUKU 
A shop called Kagure in Harajuku has a nice mini food forest (mulberry, loquat, berries, etc) and a worm bin. Another place Ikiba has some cool installations (mobile tea house and plants). I'm planning to do an installation at Commune 246 early 2015. 


SHITAMACHI AREA
Shitamachi, especially the area North of Skyptree has some old school urban gardens and water tanks.

Shitamachi Museum is a great place to learn about old-school urban permaculture design.


TOKYO
Pasona super high-tech urban garden. Not my style but lots of people seem to be curious about it.
http://tokyogreenspace.com/2010/05/07/pasonas-new-farm-and-landscaped-building/


KOURAKUEN (Tokyo Dome)
Koishigawa Kourakuen is a very urban Japanese Garden with rice paddies. Its not a production site but a really interesting feature.


GINZA
Ginza Bee Project is interesting too.



Some articles of interest

Green Tokyo: 5 cool examples of urban agriculture
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/09/01/green-tokyo-5-cool-examples-of-urban-agriculture/


Allotment Gardens Sprout One after Another as Interest Grows in Urban Agriculture
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id034564.html

Japan’s Urban Agriculture: Cultivating Sustainability and Well-being
http://unu.edu/publications/articles/japan-s-urban-agriculture-what-does-the-future-hold.html



Permaculture in Japan resource list on Living Permaculture
http://livingpermaculture.blogspot.jp/2013/09/permaculture-in-japan-sites-to-see.html


*if there is anything you want to add or comment about, please leave a note!

Also, my urban permaculture book (in Japanese) is coming out in January 2015, so I think things will get more interesting. There is a apartment complex we are planning to transform into an urban permaculture experiment, and a few other smaller experiments around Tokyo that I was asked to do.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Future story: next generation climate activism

僕が関わっているThe Futureというユースの
新感覚気候変動ムーブメント。
イギリス、ドイツ、フランス、アメリカ、
オーストラリア、ブラジル、そして日本で展開中。

This is the story about one of the movements I'm involved in called The Future. A youth focused environmental movement that doesn't look like one. A new approach to social change. Join us!