In AsOne Suzuka, Japan, the longest darkness of the winter solstice had already covered us. But while the sun shining around the fields, community farm is vibrant with harvesting winter vegetables. A couple of month ago, when the big typhoons came, they were still small seedlings. Now broccoli, turnips, Japanese radish, Chinese cabbage, and komatsuna are carried on the light trucks by young people and delivered around Suzuka city every day.
This year was also a year of collaboration for the big international conference “Economics of Happiness” as well as exchanges with people from all over the world such as the US, China, Amazon and Palestine. Such fruitful result has come while the various heartfelt bonds between people overlapped. Hiroko Katayama reported on As One Network December news
In the journey from Suzuka to Tokyo for EoH. Keibo Oiwa (EoH Japan, Sloth movement) Saad Daghar (Palestine GEN Ambassador) Sami Awad (Palestine Peace activist) and Hiroko Katayama (GEN Japan, AsOne).
◆Economics of Happiness International Forum@ Totsuka, Yokohama / JAPAN November 8-10, 2019
This year is the third consecutive one of the International Conference “Economics of Happiness” in Japan, that Global Ecovillage Network JAPAN and As One Network collaborated with Ms.Helena Noberg-Hodge and Mr. Keibo Oiwa (Shinichi Tsuji). The aim is creating a strong local-community-led economy in each region. We have intended to establish strong bonds between groups and individuals for the base. This year, Kai Sawyer joined the caller group. More than 30 organizations joined together. The guest speakers have come from all over the world and 1600 participants were recorded. GEN-Japan was in charge of the activities of the Executive Committee for more than half a year, as well as the subcommittees, the pre-forums and the after-forums, to interact with many overseas guests and visitors.
◆Sub Conference C-3 Ecovillage is the key for human to survive
Presentation Wen Tiejin China new strategy for Ecosound village reconstruction Saad Dagahr Palestine Agro-forestry Masashi Ono An urban style open ecovillage building As One Network Suzuka Community Comments Graduates from GEN Japan’s Gaia Education Takuki Okada NEXTGen-Japan Kyoko Kibayashi Pediatrician Moderator Hiroko Katayama
Global Eco Village Network=GEN is trying to widely introduce the innovative and regenerative way of life and social image in the Climate Change Age, using various eco villages as models. The announcement by Professor Wen of China and Saad Dagher of Palestine has totally changed from the first day, based on their own personal histories. Prof. Wen talked about the reason why China needs to build a sustainable environmentally sound community. China has experienced three starvations since the end of World War II and has begun to move nationally to build an environment-friendly civilization around vast rural areas in China.
Wen Tiejin presented "Why China has selected the direction" with his story in Chinese; C-3 Ecovillage is the key for human to survive.
Saad Dagher :Palestine is under Israeli occupation and in a decertified harsh environment, making the best use of local resources and ensuring abundant food security through agricultural methods based on the concept of Masanobu Fukuoka.
From Japan, Masashi Ono introduced the AsOne Network’s philosophy and activities in urban area, in which much population is concentrated worldwide. Suzuka Community shows a possibility of social change for human to survive. They have been conducting twenty years eco-sound community building as well as establishing and stabilizing the economy together with the region in Suzuka city.
Masashi Ono from AsOne Suzuka Community
In addition, two graduates of GEN-Japan’s EDE introduced the activities of NEXTGEN Japan and Health Office, based on the creation of a sustainable human relationship where they can discuss anything.
◆Study meeting with Michael H Shuman on Nov. 11 at As One Suzuka Community
A half-day study-tour and the meeting was held at As One Suzuka Community sponsored by GEN-Japan. From mainly west part of Japan, researchers and professors joined. Immediately after studying law at Stanford University, Michael Schuman organized the Community-led Development Initiatives (CDI) for a law-free society and networked local governments around the world. Its purpose is to realize a regional-led economy for the establishment of true peace, which is not swayed by the global economy represented by Wall Street, and is dedicated to research and enlightenment activities for that purpose.
Impression about AsOne Suzuka Community / Michael Schuman>>> I’m now heading home to the USA, and wanted to tell how grateful I was—(omission)---I’m one of a small number of Americans who believe that the atomic bombing was immoral and unjustified, and it deeply pains me to hear of the physical suffering of so many Japanese civilians who were unconnected and blameless for the Japan’s imperial policies of the 1940s. I’m humbled by the ability of you and your generation to move past that horrible event and develop new ideals in Suzuka. I think the As One Community has a beautiful vision. I completely endorse and applaud your achievements, and just think that the stated philosophy should better reflect what you do.--(omission)--- In any event, I wish you and your colleagues the best in your efforts to demonstrate a better way of living in the years ahead. I very much hope that our paths cross again.
◆November 16th,“After Forum at Suzuka Economics of Happiness”
“ After Forum of Economics of Happiness” was held in Suzuka, and Keibo Oiwa (Tsuji ) introduce an agro-ecologist Saad Dagher from Palestine. Last year, when Keibo visited Palestine, he was much moved by Saad’s personality. And then he was invited to Economics of Happiness Forum Japan and Suzuka this time. How can we manifest to interact with Palestine? How can the ScienZ Method be recognized in Palestine and the As One Network Activities can be realized on site.
Impressions>>> I felt great hope for Saad and his colleagues and young people who are plowing the fields as well as living a self-sufficient life in Palestine occupied by Israel. I sincerely wished there was something we could do together. .
(Omitted) The land is shrinking and the situation is harsh. ButI was overwhelmed by the beauty of his clear eyes. I thought how harsh the situation was, until his eyes shining like that. When he was asked why he was never depressed with such difficulty, he answered the African proverb. If you're worried that you're too small to do a big job, you've never slept with a mosquito. You can fly around as a single mosquito. If you think you can make small changes, you can fly around like a fly. There are things you can do for small changes. Any enormous exercise can be done from one person. Do not exploit, compete for each other. If so, it will be one flow even if the viewpoint is different. (Omitted)
◆Community Activities with Neighborhood～Suzuka Citizen’s Activity Festa 2019 ～
This year again, we exhibit various activities at the Suzuka Citizen's Activity Festival as As One Network.Among them, the Senior Group plays an active part in the “Ideal Life Talks”, where they performed plays on the theme of dementia.
◆＜As One network KOREA NEWS＞ October 16-22: Course to know “life” Oct. 23-29: Course to know yourself
A lot of people gathered and the course was held. The staff (Sato, Hiroya, Jin-chan) who came from Japan to hold the course, the lady who prepared meals at a side dish shop and network members in Korea. In particular, I was impressed a mother could join the “Course to Know Myself”. For there were many people who supported her twin babies as her babysitters. I was a secretariat, however, it was time for me to feel that was not just a course.
Those who want to participate, those who want to hold the course and make it work, and those who have supported and cooperated with themselves. It was a process where the hearts of those people gathered and realized. I thank all of them. ( ASONE NETWA KOREA Secretariat, John Jae-won) Click here for the original text →https://asonekorea.org/archives/1970
＜Future plans in Korea＞ December 1st to 4th: A course to listen to people will be held December 20-22: A college for listening to people will be held January 4-7, 2020-3 nights 4 days Suzuka tour January 17-22, 2020 As One Seminar will be held
◆As One SuzukaTour Ms.Clara, one of 13 grandmother of Amazon, is coming to Japan for lectures and workshops from the ecovillage in the back of Amazon. She came to As One Tour with the connection of Maya Ikeda. She is a leader and spiritual leader based in Amazon, said that a person from Gaia Education in Brazil recommended that she go to As One, saying, "I'm sure it will help your community." I was very interested in the ScienZ Method, which allows people to talk with each other with real heart, and I felt the possibility that it could be transmitted to the Amazon community and take root. The people who came with her were also impressed by how close they were to Japan, where they could be comfortable with their hearts.
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