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Simply Zen: Vegetarian Cooking to Satisfy the Soul

One vital aspect to the Zen sect of Buddhism is monks’ adherence to a strictly vegetarian diet. Eating neither meat nor fish, monks also avoid ingredients like garlic, onion, leeks, and chives. As a result, the food prepared in Zen monasteries is healthy, low-calorie, accentuates the most subtle of flavors, and can even be eaten to help detox the body. The recipes contained in Simply Zen can all be made in three easy steps, leaving cooks with beautiful, healthful dishes that can be enjoyed as a regular meal or presented to guests. 

The activities undertaken by the author Aoe have been introduced on various media abroad.

Publicity updates:

- Article on army.mil regarding temple cuisine tasting event held at Zama army camp

- Article on Asahi Shimbun international edition 

- Aoe went on air on MINESTA on Radio Nippon (11 Jan, 2013)

Simply Zen featured on HANAKO magazine (edition 24 Jan, 2013) and Weekly Diamond magazine (edition 19 Feb, 2013) 

- Aoe's activity has been featured on NHK program (14 Feb, 2013)

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Social Media Revolution

Social Media Revolution

Mass media of the past followed a strict top-bottom pattern of distributing information, with the masses relying upon mass media for news and data. However, as social media outlets continue to increase in popularity and prevalence, the traditional top-bottom pattern has been reversed, with users being the ones spreading information to the masses. With social media expanding rapidly in the United States, it is likely that it will overtake traditional media outlets in the coming years.

Social media blogger and journalist Tachiiri investigates how social media in the United States is revolutionizing the media industry, and provides predictions for how it will effect Japanese users and industry alike. Though his analysis, Tachiiri provides a number of measures we should take to prepare for the upcoming global waves of the social media revolution.

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Solar Plants in Outer Space

SPACE-BASED SOLAR POWER STATION

Due to the disastrous accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant caused by the 3.11 Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami, energy reform was needed to avoide dependence on nuclear power. The author suggests that we can tackle this energy shortage with Solar Power Satellite (SPS) construction. SPS is a satellite that can deliver the electricity generated from the solar cell panel to the earth by converting it into microwave. The field of SPS is the key tool with high expectation for the survival of mankind in the coming future, where Japan’s first-class techniques can lead the whole world. A pioneer who has spent most of his life on both domestic and international projects on SPS research, the author illustrates its possibility and hopeful future. It is a must-read, especially for those in disaster-hit Japan, as the nation attempts to stand up once again and take a step forward in space.

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Song

Song

Beautiful watercolor illustrations accompany poetry by Shuntaro Tanikawa on the transience of life itself.  But rather than a bittersweet message, his is one of hope and empowerment that child and adult alike will find enjoyment and inspiration in.

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Spoil Yourself Today

Spoil Yourself Today

This is not a book about making your dreams come true, or becoming the most attractive person in the world.  This book is about how to reframe your day to day life to make each day something worth treasuring.  By simply changing your state of mind and your habits, you will begin to see how much happiness is available to you in this life.

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SQ

SQ
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Start Here and Now (A New Edition)

Start Here and Now (A New Edition)

A long awaited new edition has finally comes out. A relationship bible that has saved 500,000 raeders so far is restored a new voice and released for today’s people—all we need to change lies in between. 

As the common saying goes, appearance is often deceiving. That’s true with interpersonal relationship. The root cause of our troubles lies in the basic misconception that people exist individually, the minimum unit of existence is one person. Well, actually, we only exist in between. It always takes two people to exist, and we run into interpersonal problems, because we fail to see ourselves interwoven in the mesh of relationships. It can be tricky, because we are taught that we are individuals. However, with this knowledge, we tend to hurt or annoy others, and as a result, become unhappy ourselves. Open your eyes to the truth, and start seeing a pair as the minimum unit of existence. That’s the necessary start for you to improve your relationship, life at large.

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Startline

Startline

In the midst of studying during his final year of high school, Daisuke finds himself worrying about his future, what he wants to do, and why he can’t seem to figure out the answers to these questions. However, after being invited to a seminar about making your dreams into reality by his crush, transfer student Manae, he begins to seriously think about his future for the first time in his life. Then one day, Daisuke decides to reveal his feelings to Manae, but...

This personal growth novel delicately weaves the love story of two high school students together with the author’s passionate messages of achieving one’s dream, giving readers the courage they need to identify their desires and use their passion to take the next step forward.  

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Stay Sharp for Life: Tips from a Neurosurgeon on how to Prevent Senility

Stay Sharp for Life: Tips from a Neurosurgeon on how to Prevent Senility

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Shinoura introduces food, drinks, meditation, exercise, massage, and mind training techniques that will help you stay fit, young, and sharp throughout your life. The methods and tips contained in this book are simple, effective, and can be easily integrated into readers’ day-to-day lives.

Although readers may be surprised that a neurosurgeon took the time to write for a general audience rather than a professional article for medical professionals, Dr. Shinoura believes that providing easy-to-understand preventative care information for the public is one of the primary duties as a health specialist. His goal as a doctor is not to get as many patients as possible to come have surgical procedures done, but rather to help patients find ways to stay in the best shape possible to eliminate the need for surgery.

Stay Sharp for Life was written using both Eastern and Western approaches to medical care, which will, according to Dr. Shinoura, become increasingly common over the coming years as its effectiveness in improving neurological functions and quality of life become more widely recognized.

In order to write Stay Sharp for Life Dr. Shinoura personally sought out the latest preventative health techniques, actually tried the techniques himself, verified their efficacy through English-language academic journals, and then came up with his own theories as to why they work from a neurological perspective. 

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Storage Planning is Life Planning

Storage Planning is Life Planning

Emiko Kato's Book on Japanese women's beautiful lifestyles has become a best seller, selling over 800,000 copies.

As a leader in interior design, this book on "how to live with the things you love" is a bible for storage ideas.

It is a small book with illustrations and simple language making it a perfect gift.

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