To help transition Japan to a peace promoting post-carbon country while enjoying every step of the process.
僕のビジョンは、祖国日本で、平和文化を育みポストカーボン(Post-Carbon) 社会を促進してゆく事です。

Sunday, June 30, 2019

life at the peace and permaculture dojo by rapper Mio

Below is a video of life at the Peace and Permaculture Dojo (the Dojo)

道場 (dojo) means a place (場)of/for the path (道)also known to the West as "dao".  The Dojo is in the early stages of development as a place of practice, and a place of nonviolent/peace activists to gather near Tokyo, but just far enough to be surrounded by rice paddies and the ocean.

In 2018, we experimented with our first residential internship program for Japanese. We had three spots that were filled up with nine people, including a family of five (and two goats). As everything is quite unstructured and organic at the Dojo, it was quite a challenging experiment for all of us, but the learning and growth was priceless.

Things we explored (a sample)
  • simple living e.g. building your own dwelling, cooking with fire and sun, washing by hand (including cloth diapers for two), eating almost completely locally, etc
  • community dynamics and nonviolent communication: how to be authentic, empathetic, and live harmoniously with those who have different perspectives (vegan/non-vegan, toddler/children/20s/30s/40s, single/family, urban/rural, etc)
  • systems thinking and design: community is a system and operates differently than individuals
  • permaculture, natural farming, and ecological regeneration: how to heal the land (and ourselves) and live as part of the ecosystem
  • mindfulness: living in the present moment, engaging with the internal landscape
  • gift economy: living in service, being in alignment with the ecosystem, and having awareness of when things are not a "gift" (like feeling we are pressured to give). Exploring the difference with capitalism through our head, heart, and hands
  •  social change: our relationship to the larger society and our cultural inheritance, roles, and possible contributions in a time of instability
It was an extremely challenging process, especially in the realm of emotions, but I feel such experiences are invaluable and help us grow in ways that modern society rarely offer. AND extremely rewarding (although its not for the rewards that we do this work).

This year (2019) we are doing a five month internship with four residents.

We also have more and more people moving to the area (Isumi, Chiba) involved in running the Dojo and using the Dojo.

Slowly, we will grow our capacity to support more people in their practice.

BELOW are previous articles on the Dojo

Monday, June 24, 2019

【UK, Totnes Talk & Workshop】June 25th Talk & June 28th Workshop

If you are curious about what I have been up to, check out my update post here!

Below are some events I will be doing this week in England.


Peace & Permaculture in Japan
With Kai Sawyer

7pm Tuesday, June 25th
At the Barrel House
Sliding scale gift at the door

Please join us for this very special evening with one of Japan’s inspirational peace and permaculture movement leaders.

There’s so much happening in Japan. Kai will share his experience with post-Fukushima renewal and acts of compassion, miso-making in the House of Councillors to spread probiotics in our politics, the Peace and Permaculture Dojo, and impermaculture.

Kai is founder of Peace and Permaculture Dojo and Tokyo Urban Permaculture, is a practitioner of gift economy, and teacher of nonviolence, mindfulness and the Gift Ecology.

Organised by Totnes REconomy Project and Transition Town Totnes. 

For more info, email Jay Tompt - jay(a)


The Gandhian Iceberg and the Gift Ecology
a deep dive workshop for change makers,
with Kai Sawyer

Friday, June 28 9:30-4:30pm
REconomy Centre and Leachwell Garden

Booking is essential as space is limited.
Cost: Kai graciously accepts what you are happy to gift so that he can continue to share and facilitate for the benefit of humanity.
*One suggestion is a massage therapy session that evening. :-)

The Gandhian Iceberg is a model for those committed to "being peace" and co-creating a nonviolent culture where all-life can thrive. in this workshop we will explore this simple but profound model composed of three parts: satyagraha (courageous action inspired by love), constructive program (collective practice of living together), and self purification (deep inner work). We’ll also explore:

* adventures in the world of giftivism (the practice of gift economy and living in service)
* ‘Integral non violence’, permaculture and NVC
* how to be "moved by love" rather than fear and anger
* what all of you are moved by, what challenges you are facing in life, and explore how to be more empowered and joyful on this exciting journey.

Kai is founder of Peace and Permaculture Dojo and Tokyo Urban Permaculture, a practitioner of the gift economy, and teacher of permaculture, NVC, and holistic systems-level social change.

Organised by Totnes REconomy Project and Transition Town Totnes. 

For more info, email Jay Tompt - jay(a)