What is good for the economy may not always be good for the planet, but what is good for the planet is always good for the economy.

yamaboshiYamaboshi Fruit - Autumn in Nojiriko National Park

Life is simple, and can be split into two general time periods.

Time that we are sleeping and time we are awake.

Though our sleep is influenced by different conditions, sleep is a period of rest and stillness, for the body and hopefully for the mind. It is in the waking hours that EVERYTHING happens.

Even in these waking hours, life can be simple. Early to bed and early to rise, work or play under the daylight, and eat well. What is important is our understanding of what work is and what work can do for us in the future.

Observing and witnessing numerous towns, its surrounding natural landscape, and the habits, customs, and work ethics of its respected inhabitants, I have come to a general conclusion that can be applied to all. What is good for the economy may not always be good for the planet, but what is good for the planet is always good for the economy.

When I say economy I mean the entire spectrum of human happiness. Healthy trade and commerce is a result of living a healthy life. In order to live a healthy life, we must: eat and reap the crops grown in a rich sustainable eco-system, live a disciplined life, be a good student of wisdom, and perform deeds that bring beauty, health, and comfort to our everyday life.

festivalRope making workshop with Rice Straw - Mt. Kurohime - Shinano Festival

If we contaminate the very planet that supplies us with all the essentials of living in the process of becoming financially affluent, someday money will be worth nothing more than pieces of paper to make paper planes. A wealthy society is grounded with rich culture, a diverse eco-system, and sustainable work ethics that guarantee the longevity of our community.

festivalYaitopalé Workshop @ Mt. Kurohime - Shinano Festival


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