Join Andy Couturier and musician Cornelius Shinzen Boots (深禅) for an afternoon of rustic tea, Japanese flute music, and a presentation of A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance. Based on Andy's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly designed and warmly written volume is a treasure chest of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with nature, artistic practice, and contributing to their communities.
Andy Couturier is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer and the author of Writing Open the Mind. He has contributed to Adbusters, MIT Press, The Oakland Tribune, The Japan Times, Kyoto Journal, Creative Nonfiction, and The North American Review. Couturier lived for four years in Japan, where he taught, worked as a journalist, and participated in environmental causes. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and runs The Opening (theopening.org), a center for courses in writing.