A Self-sufficient Life
Our family tries to live self-sufficiently from farm products that we make ourselves. I make art (wood carving and Japanese calligraphy-- shodo) and I have several exhibitions a year.
I chose this life after traveling in Nepal. I traveled in mountains where I visited several remote villages where people lived self-sufficiently: there, the next town was one week away by foot. To my surprise, they told me they were satisfied with there lives and were living happily. Realizing the importance of this experience, I began to consider living self-sufficiently myself.
One year later, a large earthquake occurred in Kobe, Japan. I participated in volunteer activities to help the earthquake victims for 6 months. This experience made me understand what I truly wanted for my life.
When I was 26 years old, I was told I had cancer. I chose not to recieve any hospital treatment, but rather to live a life closer to earth; a healthy life full of organic food and laughter. Everyday, we wake up with the sun, eat fresh vegetables that we made ourselves in our farm, and drink our own tea. This new life has had a great influence on my health, and on my art.