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。

Monday, January 16, 2017

Peace and Permaculture Dojo in Japan part 1

Happy 2017 (according to the Gregorian calendar)!

It has been a long while since I wrote in this dear blog. Most of my efforts has been toward my Japanese audience and I do wish I had the capacity to write bilingually with joy and ease.

Much is brewing in my journey with Tokyo Urban Permaculture (which is the name I started with but in many ways is misleading). The most recent big experiment is the Peace and Permaculture Dojo that has started in Isumi, Chiba. My fellow dreamers (TUP free agents) and I now have a 10 year lease on an old Japanese homestead, about 2.2 acres (0.9 hectares or 2700 tsubo), 2 hours outside of Tokyo.

The vision is to co-create a refuge/retreat for peace activists, and train the next generation of integral nonviolence practitioners. I want to put everything that I have been learning and practicing into this space, and live the change we wish to see in the world!!!

Things that we will explore, experiment with, and practice are
  • permaculture
  •  (inspired by Bullocks Permaculture Homested, City Repair Portland, etc)
  • integral nonviolence 
  • (inspired by Casa De Paz, Possibility Alliance, Gandhian Iceberg, NVC, etc)
  • mindfulness
  •  (inspired by Plum Village and Thich Naht Hanh, etc)
  • gift ecology 
  • (inspired by EARTH, Goenka's vipassana centers, Vinoba Bhave, Service Space, etc)
My main collaborator Nao Suzuki's big inspiration is Asia Gakuin (Tochigi prefecture).

.....and many more inspirations from around the globe.

Anyways, hopefully I'll have time in the near future to post more info in English. For now, I just wanted to beak the silence (in English) and give a short update of our biggest experiment yet!

We are crowdfunding to fix the giant thatched house since it is quite beat.
Check out the crowdfunding site for pictures and videos 

Below is a video of the property

The Vision as an Illustration 
by Fujisan (university student)

Japanese style permaculture!

Our tentative plan is

Crowdfunding (until Jan 31st)
Fix the main house. Renovation workshops (Jan ~ March)
Property maintenance
Start garden
Observe and design the property, educational program, and social dynamics
Do some workshops and retreats on nonviolence and permaculture

2018 official apprenticeship program starts

We aren't prepared to have guests yet, but hopefully soon we will.