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As One Network News November 2022

As One Network News November 2022

The fields and mountains begin to turn reddish red, orange, and yellow, and soon the entire valleys are woven into a gorgeous fabric like a brocade. The season is changing. The fallen leaves reflect the glory sunset, and soon be covered by the evening twilight, getting darker by the day.
It seems like only a few days ago that I thought the year 2022 had just begun. While I was occupied with immediate tasks, there are just two months left of this year. It is amazing how fast time flies.
In October, As One Network has a lot of activities around the various regions. A training camp was held in northeastern Japan. Brazil had the As One Seminar. In Switzerland and Germany, preparations a steadily underway for the ScienZ School and the As One Seminar over the year-end and New Year holidays. And the Suzuka Community is lively with many people visiting the tour every weekend. Many new encounters have been made, and we are already looking forward to the year 2023 with excitement.
This month we will continue to bring you the most up-to-dates from around the world in the AS ONE Network News.

https://mailchi.mp/240d11b9d4e9/news-nov2022-hp


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[Serial No.9]Chapter 3. 3-1. A company that satisfies the heart and soul - "Mum's Lunchbox company"

Creating the Next Society - Part 9
Toward a society where people can live gently and without conflict
Masashi Ono, ScienZ Institute, Inc.

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Could you imagine a company with no rules, no orders, no bosses, or no responsibilities?
In fact, such a company exists in this present capitalist society of Japan. 

Chapter 3
3-1. A company that satisfies the heart and soul
- "Mum's Lunchbox company"

We have established and kept operating our own community business, in order to create an economic foundation for "our aim. That is a society building which people can live gently and without conflict, just as they feel. Through community businesses, the entire community becomes affluent, and each person can live in affluence.
The Mum's Lunchbox company is now in its 16th year. It has about 50 employees. The company produces about 1,000 handmade lunchboxes a day and delivers even a single one with a pink car, and is well known by city dwellers in Suzuka and neighbor cities.
From the very beginning of the company's establishment, we had a clear image of the ideal company. However, things have not worked smoothly.
We are exploring toward a truly delicious lunchbox everyday, as well as challenging to create a company that is managed through conversations without hierarchy or orders.
In such an ideal company we are aiming for, there is no work to earn. Instead, an innovative work will emerge as people want to work because they are willing to do it.
That is, by doing such work, the person is fulfilled, and many others are fulfilled by receiving what is produced from such work.

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Of course, however, since we started the company, we have faced many things.
For example, some customers would say, "Lunchboxes should definitely be delivered by 12:00 noon. We often found ourselves constrained to do as our customers insist, saying, "We are received money for it, so we should do it. In this way, we began to blame and manage each other for our own delays and failures. ・・・・・・
The "I have to" mentality is favored by almost of all people as a fiction that allows us to discipline ourselves and our society. However, it also carries with it the obligation to do. That is, the fear of not being allowed, attacked, or punished for not doing something. We, too, had become embedded with fear, and so that it had been difficult for us to free ourselves from the fiction that is the source of our fears.
When you are bound by such a fiction, even the company becomes awkward, doesn't it?
However, as our studies progressed, we were able to ask ourselves, "What do we want to do?"
Gradually we can see the world not as a result of what we "have to do". but as a result of what we really want to do.
When we go back to our own starting point, we can see that it is not "I have to deliver because I am ordered to," but rather the real wish, "I want to deliver delicious lunchboxes to those who are waiting for it". We have been able to discover the starting point of the company and the true spirit to do so in our hearts.
In this way, we have been able to create a work-environment, in which focuses on finding out the right place for each person to demonstrate their natural talent. And so that the number of people have been increasing, who feel comfortable doing things just because they want to use their skills, knowledge, and experience for the benefit of others and have others use them.
Now we are in the process of creating a company, in which we can talk anything what we have inside, and express each distinctive characteristic, as well as feel fulfilled.

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Community Saijiki literary calendar November Issue [Brother - From the Family Landscape】

Early in the morning, I walk toward the Mum's Lunchbox company (the following : the obento company).
It is every Friday.
When I first started going there, I couldn't walk without sunglasses because of the glaring sunlight.

I would always pass an elderly jogger in the same neighborhood. His clothings has changed from short-sleeved half pants to long-sleeved long pants, and this morning, white breath was coming out of his mouth.
What has not changed is the quietness of the city, many houses are still asleep, and the main road leading to the Suzuka Circuit is like an open zone, where I can cross anywhere without worrying about traffic lights.

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When I arrived at the obento company about 10 minutes later, I found the kitchen staff working in cramped spaces, and "today's feast" was already lined up on the table in the serving room.
"Good morning," Lucio calls out, "First, put some sauce on the hamburg steaks and get them ready."
The members of today's group gather in groups, one by one. Soon after, Lucio says to us.
"Well, it's time to start serving the lunch boxes..." Lucio's voice urges everyone to gather in front of the serving line.

Kazuki Brother
I've been arranging the obento company's working shift every day.
How about you, Kazusan, once a week?
The hours are from 6:30 to 9:00.
I want you to come in.


It was around the beginning of September when I received this e-mail from Lucio.
I asked him, "What day of the week would you like to work with me?"

Lucio playfully replied, "You can come every day, hehehe."

We ended up exchanging our opinions, and we decided to go on Fridays. I have been going every week since then.

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Lucio is his middle name, officially Shogo Lucio Minowa , a second-generation Japanese-Brazilian born and raised in Brazil.
His father, Hosuke, came to Brazil from Saku, Nagano Prefecture, and his mother, Mieko, came to Brazil from Tokyo in the 1930s, and they met in the Japanese community in São Paulo State.
Hosuke's pure and single-minded love for Mieko eventually bore fruit, and the couple eventually tied the knot. Lucio is their fifth son.
I have known Lucio for more than 30 years, but we only met occasionally when he came from Brazil.
I think we were just good friends. The reason why he became my "brother" has a lot to do with the past year.

Last fall, Lucio was still staying in Japan and was also doing supportive things in the community, such as taking the children to and from the house. He was also helping me on my house change and moving.
Then, he decided to settle down here in Japan for a while, in the Suzuka community, and his workplace became a obento company. Lucio has come to accept Academy students and practice program students, not to mention the daily arrangements, and we hear more and more from him about what kind of obento he wants to make and deliver, and what kind of workplace he wants to make the obento company into.

Outside of the workplace, Lucio has also taken on positions that require him to show off his talents, and he has participated in various meetings and opportunities accordingly.
I also began accompanying Lucio, who is not very fluent in Japanese, to banks and public institutions to help him with paperwork and various procedures.

Just around the same time that Lucio started going to the obento company, Lucio's wife, Nanako, started working at the same HUB-department as I did, and we began to work together on the information desk every day.
In addition to that, I became a member of the "Thursday-1 Family", one of the five "families" in the community, which I have mentioned several times in this Saijiki literary calender. We have weekly meetings, are in charge of the dining room, and have more opportunities to get to know each other.

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Nanako told us at the family meeting about the time she attended the ScienZ School's camp course for the first time in a long time, as she was feeling much better this year....

She told us that an incident a few years ago had made her think to me, "I never want to work with this person," and that somehow we ended up in the same place of work.
"But after that, you gave me love and affection every day, and we got to know each other, and now you are like a "big brother" to me, but I don't know if that is because you have changed from before or if my feelings have changed. I just felt that if I couldn't really look at the situation I was in when I first got stuck, I would keep doing the same thing over and over again. So..."

Nanako wanted to share with the "family" members what she had noticed and discovered by observing and exploring her own way of seeing and perceiving with that real-life example, not what I was going through.
Looking back on what happened to me, I was so embarrassed that I wanted to crawl in if there was a hole in my heart, because I had a very highly-conscious and proud-sprited mindset that I could not be defeated.
However, even now, I sometimes have such a feeling in my head without being aware of it.
But at such times, Nana-chan, who is standing next to me, would say to me
"Brother~, don't look down on people from your high place on the clouds, come down to the ground!"
I am always saved by Nana-chan's immediate words of encouragement.
The night before I went out to celebrate my mother's 88th birthday, Nana-chan, who lost her mother at the age of 25 and her father at 27, told me, "Please enjoy going and taking care of your parents as much as I did."
This was one of the reasons why the time I spent with my parents changed so much.


Last week's daily bento menu was "fried young chicken with umami salt".
As usual, Lucio and Koji were carefully preparing a sample of what they wanted to serve today. The side dish should be placed here, the amount of pickles should be about this much, lettuce should be placed here, and three fried chicken pieces should be neatly arranged in a "mountain" on top of the lettuce, etc. I was in charge of arranging the fried chicken and I tried to follow the lines that they had drawn.

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We were going to make hundreds of pieces in total, but after the first dozen or so, I thought it would be more beautiful to move the side dish up a little and arrange the three fried pieces in a "river" rather than a "mountain," so that the feathery batter of the fried pieces could be used to its fullest. I asked Lucio to take a look. Lucio looked at it.
Lucio said, "I think the sample is better!"
I thought, "Well, that's good!" I switched back and started working on it again.
But as I was doing it, my hands started to arrange the fried chicken again like a river, and I asked Lucio again, "How about this way?
How about this one?"

What was interesting was that neither Lucio nor I were particularly assertive, and neither of us had the slightest intention of getting our own opinions across. We just said what we thought and listened to each other. I don't think we ever decided that we would do this together. Lucio was the one who checked the fried food I had prepared and closed the lid. When I handed over my role to Sayri, who came after me, Lucio said, " Let's do it this way just like Kazuki-san does That's the most beautiful way..."
I thought, "Wow!" Anyway, the atmosphere was so open that it was as if we were playing together.

At dinner time, as usual, we sat around the round table and said to each other
"Hey, Otou-chan, did he fall asleep again?"
Nana looked up at the wall clock. Lucio, who is an early riser, often falls asleep at this time.
"I'll call him,"
Diego answered.
A few moments later, Lucio appears with a shy smile on his face. As soon as he sits down in his chair, he puts dinner aside and starts talking about obento company with Diego, Hiroya, Takuya, and the rest of the group. Just as they were about to start eating, the Academy students who had come to the dining room came by one after another and exchanged a few words to Lucio. After he finished eating, he settled into round chairs overlooking the dining room, staring at his smartphone as he planned a working shift at the obento company for the next day.
"Otou-chan, even when he is in the dining room, he is always talking about the obento ...,"
Nana-chan laments, but she looks somewhat happy.

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"Okay, tomorrow's shift is ready!
By the time Lucio leaves the table with a satisfied look on his face, the dining room, which used to be so crowded, is now sparsely populated. We all head home.

It has been exactly one year since I started writing this Saijiki.
The first entry was titled 【Family Scenery...and More Than Family】
I feel that Lucio and Nana-chan are my brothers and sisters, and that we are becoming a real family. We are no longer strangers to each other, we just live and breathe together.
When I look back over the past year, I feel that we could not have become like this through our own personal efforts and thoughts.
Although the Suzuka community is a small society, we have become a family as we have been swayed by the economic, living, and nurturing aspects of the community, as well as by various other social mechanisms and systems.

If we had not lived in this society, Nana would have said, "I don't want anything to do with this person," and we might never have become"brother and sister. Lucio and I would not have been able to go beyond the realm of close friends.
I picked up Lucio and Nana-chan by chance, but that is nothing special. It is a normal thing here. Everyday everywhere, families are being born and the substance of families is growing.
Perhaps this is a society where anyone can become a real family.
We live in such a society.
Good family - good company - good society
I see this as being demonstrated through us today.
A gift for tomorrow, for the next generation.

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“Kazuki, it's time!"
Lucio calls out to me, and I stop.
As I exit the kitchen door of the obento company, I hear the loud voices of children echoing from the Brazilian school across the street. I look at them and am easily charmed by their abundant Body Language.
Then I think of Lucio's boyhood, which he often talks about, and of the land of Brazil, which is enormous in scale.
The main road on the left is full of cars flowing at a brisk pace.
In the parking lot of Mother's obento company facing the road, the day's lunche boxs are beginning to be loaded onto the rows of pink boxcars.

Now, to the mouth and heart of each and every one of them.
Our obentos will be delivered to.

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Mr. Kazuhiro Arai, co-chairman of "eumo", visited us!

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Mr. Kazuhiro Arai, co-president of "eumo", an empathetic community currency that proposes and practices a new way of money and society, visited As One Suzuka Community for the first time.
He visited us on the afternoon of Sunday the 23rd in conjunction with an open lecture hosted by GEN-Japan, and we showed him around the Mum's Lunchbox company, Suzuka Farm, and the community's HUB and space JOY.

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Mr. Arai says that his mission is to realize an empathetic capital society, and he seemed to feel many things after being exposed to the actual As One Suzuka Community, which has been in existence for over 20 years.
He was especially interested in the fact that there is no conflict, no matter how different opinions may be, that there is a base for discussing anything, and that the society is based on the free will of every person.

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As One Network also joined the "eumo" member stores this summer and is now able to accept "eumo" payments for participation fees for the Suzuka Tour.
With tomorrow's open lecture, we are very much looking forward to the future.

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【Conflicts and bad feelings that had been occurring within me magically disappear】 Brazil As One Seminar

From October 9 to 15, 【As One Seminar】was held in Brazil.
The following is a report on the seminar in Brazil through the participants' impressions and the memoir of Leo, who participated as an overseas trainee while studying at the ScienZ Academy in Japan.
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【The conflicts and bad feelings that were happening inside me magically disappeared】
While attending the As One Seminar meetings, I felt as if my state of mind was calming down and such a path was being clearly and easily shown to me.

I was also able to see the possibilities of how I want to build relationships with others.

What I felt at this seminar was that by changing the way I see the world, I can see the possibility of harmonious human relationships.

It was liberating to simply be aware of the way I had been wearing, the way I saw good and bad experiences, and to feel that nothing was attached to it.

It was as if all the conflicts and bad feelings that had been happening inside me magically disappeared. These realizations and understandings happened as I interacted with others and looked at myself.

I felt that this kind of movement within me also expressed itself in the well-being of others, and I felt that the feeling of a "big family" was also something that I could reach.

It seemed that the way of life and the way of seeing became very clear during these 7 days.

(From a participant's comment)

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【From the memoir of Leo, who participated in this seminar as a staff member from Japan】
After doing the seminar
It was the first time for the participants to be exposed to the concept of exploration, and as they talked with people, many things became clear.
It was as if we could see the true nature of each person at each stage of his or her life.
I hope that people will be able to see their true feelings and true wishes, and live in accordance with them.

How much of a picture will come out in everyone's head...

After the seminar, how can we actually realize it?
I want to have a mother body that can accept such things.


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It was decided that [As One Seminar]would be held in Switzerland at the end of the year, and in Germany in 2023.
The circle is rapidly expanding to include Japan, Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, and Germany.
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As One Network News Oct. 2022

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As One Network News October 2022

The typhoons have passed. While many people are still working hard to recover from the massive disasters, our sympathies are with those who affected by the disaster. At the same time, we suddenly realize that we are now in the midst of autumn, the season of harvest. The buzzing cicadas had been replaced by the cool singing of bellbirds, and red dragonflies are playing over the fields after rice was harvested.
Indeed, the mother earth has given us free present of its infinite abundance. Having received such a gift, how can we make the most of it and pass it on to the next generation?
The earth continues to nurture living beings by giving them abundance without asking for anything in return.
We humans were born from the same planet, originally "one".
But people and people have been repeatedly fighting and opposing each other for a long time.
Why is this? Human beings are not like this, we think.
Again, this month's As One Network News will be a report on the activities of people in various regions, who believes in the possibility of human beings and wishes for their happiness.
https://mailchi.mp/f8b62e373731/news-oct2022-hp
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[Serial No.8-2]Chapter 3. 2. An Experiment in an Economy without Money Intervention(Part 2)

Creating the Next Society - Part 8-2
Toward a society where people can live gently and without conflict
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Chapter 3. 2. An Experiment in an Economy without Money Intervention(Part 2)

Possession is a human idea that the owners do not allow others to use his or her things freely. It is a social system, in which one can use a thing with the owner's permission, but is punished for using it without the owner's approval. In other words, once one person owns an object, the rest of the world cannot freely use that object without that person's permission. In today's society, people all over the world are trying to expand their ownership, so no matter how abundant things become, there are few things that can be used freely except for the things one owns.
In such a society, the only way to use things freely is to own them in a self-protective manner. In such a negative cycle, we seem to be strangling each other and suffering. If we leave the idea and social system of ownership alone, trying to achieve more freedom and affluence, it will be no different from trying to do so in a prison of bondage.
In the As One Suzuka community, an innovative economy has been operating; that has escaped from the fiction created by human. In other words, an economy is being operated according to the human nature, i.e., without exchange, without possession, without reward, and without money.

It is important to make things rich, of course, but it is also important to have a system and operation that everyone can obtain freely. At present, I think there is a strong economic concept that each individual has to earn and live separately. However, we do not have to work hard individually. We can all enrich society and live in peace with its blessings, so that we can live a unique life, fulfilled both physically and mentally.
The Suzuka community members live in an ordinary town, each building or renting a house, flat or condominium, so it looks like the lives of separate families, but the community has become like a 'home' and there are more than 70 people who live in 'one household' with no separation. It is an economy where goods, services and money (wages, household income and property) are freely utilised by each other.   
 
Because they are a very tight-knit family, free from fiction, it is very natural that there is no money involved and that money can be freely and flexibly shared with each other. If you are in a close family relationship, it is normal not only for family members not to transact money within the family, but also for money to freely and flexibly flow between them, isn't it? It means that many people have such close family relationships.

To ensure the smooth flow of 'one family budget', there is a system of community HUBs. It is a place where people can openly and freely discuss all aspects of their lives, including work, housing, education, health, family, taxes, health, money and even psychological matters.
They professionally help each family to understand their financial situation and take care of procedural paperwork and administrative tasks, so that each person can focus on their own area of work without the hassle of worrying about the family finances.
I also live in the As One Suzuka community, but I don't usually carry a wallet.

The act of giving is not limited to goods, but extends to wisdom, skills and abilities.
People's acts do not require a favor or reward in return. There is no need to exchange a person's act for money. All the work comes from the person's willingness to do it. It is an act or gift from the person's heart.
People who have skills, such as hairdressers, repair and maintenance of cars and bicycles, repair of household appliances and installation of air-conditioners, give the best of what they have.
In addition, people who are good at what they do can easily take on tasks that are too much for amateurs or people who are not good at them, such as buying and supporting computers, houses, land, appliances and cars, and arranging travel and moving.
It is a joyful chain of satisfaction for both the person who does it and the person who gives it.
In a close, friendly relationship, there is no need to worry about money. One after another, a system is created in which necessary goods, whether cars, home appliances, books or clothes, flow to the necessary people.
In a rural city like Suzuka, many households have two or three cars per house. However, In the As One community, the number of cars is very low.
For people are closer than family members, and lots of such people live in neighborhoods. Their workplaces are close by and they rarely need to go shopping because of the community space Joy and the family dining system. Some cars are used exclusively by the person and some are used by people from different members as car shares.
I don't have a car in my name either, but I have a car that suits my needs; a car for when I go far away, a car that suits my needs when I carry luggage, or a larger, clean car when I pick up people, etc. I live in a lifestyle where I am provided with and allowed to use a car that suits my needs. When a close relationship is achieved, a good ecological and economical lifestyle is achieved with ease and simplicity.
Many people say, "I love it! I want to bring JOY back home!" I want to create JOY in my community too." when they visit As One Community, But it doesn't work if you try to imitate the form. The key is familiarity before form.
To achieve that, it is necessary to be aware of and release the fixed fictions of possessions of households, exchanges and rewards; that disturb the closeness, isn't it?
If you try to imitate the form, you may find that you are bound in the opposite direction, as you should not own anything, and this can be crippling.
A world free from fixed fictions is an inherently free world. It also means a relationship where people can talk to each other about anything.
It means that once you have really close relationships and can talk about anything, a world that does not need money is easy to create.
More proof than argument! Come and see our attempt at an economy without money!
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[Serial No.11] Cute in Any Way, Anytime Oct. 2022

Community Saijiki literary calendar



【 Cute in Anyway, Anytime 】

坂井和貴(Kazuki Sakai)


“Mr. Sakai~, I'm home!”
Ah-chan arrived from Korea for the first time in two and a half years.

Yeomin, now four years old, looks up at us as we are talking.
"Yeomin, you've grown up," I said to her and she quickly hid behind Ah-chan.
Soon after, one-year-old Yeojung came up to us, moving her body from side to side.
"This is Yeojung,"

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Ah-chan said.
This is Yeojung's first visit to Japan, of course. A smile is on her face.

Before the pandemic, when Ah-chan was saying goodbye to me on her way back to Korea,
"I will definitely come back again, Mr. Sakai," she said, running up to me and giving me a hug.

The next moment, Yeomin, who was two years old at the time, walked up to me and hugged me in the exact same way her mother had done, imitating what she had seen.
As I kneeled down and embraced Yeomin's tiny body, I couldn't help but feel a rush of love for the little girl, which eventually spilled out of me.
And now, Yeomin, who hides behind her mother, is also adorable.

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In September, the Corona's waterfront measures have loosened up, and the back-and-forth with foreign countries is becoming more and more active.
・9/7 Kim Sayri from Korea for a 2-month practice program.
・9/8 Ms. Iwata returned from Brazil.
・9/10 Alex and Antje from Switzerland came to Japan for a 3-month practice program.
・9/11 Three students from Korea, Dong-Ha, Geum-Sang, and Jung-Ah, enrolled as associate Academy students .
(Yeomin, Yeojung, and Seomgyeol, along with their three children)
・9/13 Hiroko Katayama participated in the Ecoversities Alliance Gathering in Thailand.
・9/19 Leo, Mr. and Mrs. Tsukioka went to Brazil

Dinner at the community "Family Dining Zero" was very lively. Japanese, Korean, English, German, and Portuguese were spoken here and there. Such a scene is becoming more and more common.
Nowadays, the centerpiece of the family dining room, where everyone from infants to seniors can relax, is the freshly harvested "new rice".

Seed rice prepared during the winter is sown in nurseries, and the seedlings are planted in rice paddies at the end of April or beginning of May. During early summer, the rainy season, and midsummer, the seedlings grow roots to feed on the fertilizer stored in the soil, rooting firmly and growing thicker stalks, which eventually produce ears and fertile crops. Then, from late August to September, the harvest season arrives.
The first appearance of freshly harvested rice in the dining room was on September 3rd.
The menu that day was very simple: RICE BALLS made with the new rice.
The next rice ball was being tucked into one after the other, with exclamations of "this is so tasty!" being heard here and there, and before long, more than twice the usual amount of rice had been consumed by everyone.

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"Sometimes, it's nice to eat a lot of rice like today."
We could hear Tamaki, a student at the Academy, muttering.
It was a day that made us think, "Rice is the best for those of us who live in Japan.
It reminded me of a distant autumn day in my mother's countryside, when I was a little kid playing around the rice field with many of my cousins. The smiling parents watching over us, a sky so blue I could almost be sucked into it, the fragrance of the harvest filling my heart, the birds singing echoing in the mountains, the firmness and brittleness of the rice plants when I stepped on them, the sweetness and astringency of the persimmons I ate, the tranquility and absolute peace of mind of the original landscape.

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Last year, for the first time, we were able to grow of the rice used in our community and in our mother's lunch box company from our own rice fields. This means that we have achieved 100% self-sufficiency in rice production.
SUZUKA FARM Co., Ltd. was established in 2010, and even before that, Mr. Inagaki had been growing rice for years so that community members could eat rice feeling at ease.
In the beginning, he rented fields from aging local farmers, but old men and women who could not stand to see how poorly he was doing helped him out a lot. Sometimes, they even provided him with a combine harvester and other farming equipment.
Known as "Inachan Farm," Inagaki started his own farm, then started a company with a few young people in their 20s and 30s, and started working enthusiastically 12 years ago. However, they quickly came to a standstill. Both in terms of management and their relationship with each other. Some young people gave up and left.
However, that was the real beginning of the new SUZUKA FARM, which was started by one or two people who wanted to put down roots there. We have spent more than 10 years slowly and deliberately nurturing the farm to become a veritable family business for our community, by returning to the true purpose of what we grow rice and vegetables for, why we do this business, and what kind of company and society we are trying to create.
And all of our rice is now homegrown.
Of course, we're still on our way, but its been cheerful along the way!

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Alex and Antje have been here from Switzerland for almost 3 weeks now.
Alex was born in Switzerland, but Antje was originally born and raised in East Germany and has lived in Switzerland since German reunification. In one of our meetings, they said something like this.
"In Switzerland and Germany, I sometimes feel that the social atmosphere we grew up in is very rigorous. Parents, teachers, and superiors always tell us what is right or what we must do, and they always warn, point out, and force us to do things. Even when we grow up, we continue to have that kind of relationship with each other. We keep an eye on each other skeptically."
As I listened, I did not hear that this was a Swiss or German thing, and I felt that I, being in Japan, had gone through a similar path. Discipline, education, correcting others...
Growing up, becoming a parent, I have unknowingly pushed that path to the next generation.
We don't know a human being, we don't know life, and we don't know or try to know any other way than that. The people in Switzerland and Germany who are trying to correct people in a harsh way overlap with me, I don't feel like a stranger.
I now wonder why I took such a stupid thing so seriously, but it is hard to realize one's own stupidity and shallowness when one is doing it unconsciously and for the right reasons.
Alex and Antje seem to be sensing a calm atmosphere in the Suzuka community today. It's like they're embraced, so they don't have to worry about what others think, and they're willing to be open about what they're thinking...

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I am looking back over the past 10 years of my life and thinking about how I have lived in such an environment and soil.
It is thanks to the soil of this community that I have finally begun to live a more humane life at my age. It is not just that there is a warm environment and atmosphere, but also that there is always a guidepost and an opportunity to return to one's starting point and to live life in one's own way. The existence of parents who embody the kind of swerveless strictness that comes from such deep love.
And it is the subject of each individual, himself/herself, who moves forward there.

Well, Yeomin.
The last time she lived in Japan, she was with "Umi," who was born right around the same time as her.
After two years without seeing each other at all, we wonder if they remember each other.
What would it be like to see each other again?
Somehow, we were all thinking about that.
Here's what they looked like "then".

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Umi and Yeomin
Glancing at each other?
They were playing in the water at a distance from each other.
But before they knew it, they were getting closer and closer.
Yeomin follows behind Umi with the same movement.
Umi follows behind Yeomin again, doing the same movement
And so on and so forth.
As they move in the same way, they become partners
It's interesting that they seem to be communicating with each other even though they don't speak to each other.


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I heard that the emperor penguins in Antarctica, who couple with the same partner every year, synchronize and make the same movements when they meet each other for the first time in a year. I guess Umi and Yeomin are the same.
That day, Yeomin also told her mother, Ah-chan
"I played with Umi today!"
Ah-chan was surprised to hear the word "Umi" come out of Yeomin's head.
Not only Yeomin, but also Yeojung and Seomgyeol are already at home with the children in the community. They blend in so quickly. Seeing them like this, the adult relationships that have always been so distant seem unnatural.

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Just as the harvesting of rice cannot be done overnight, the fact that people from Korea and Switzerland, including their children, are able to come here and live together as if they were at "home" is due to the existence of parents who have been listening, visiting, and caring for them for years and years, in order to make this happen.
"No matter what they do, they are always cute."
I am sure that everyone has glimpsed this state of being in his or her own mind.

No matter what they do, no matter what they cannot do, no matter what they are, no matter what happens to them, we just adore them.
The parent who wishes for the true happiness of their child, watches over them, and walks ahead of them.
Parental hearts and parental love nurture such happy people and lead to a gentle society.
The children who live in such a society. Each one of those days becomes the original landscape and starting point for each one of them.

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Brazil - As One Community Letter

In the As One Community in Brazil, a camp for young people is held on a regular basis. Many young people participate.

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This month, we had a meeting with the members who are staffing the "Brazilian As One Community Youth Camp".
LEO, who is studying as a "ScienZ Academy Student" at the As One Community in Japan, also returned to Brazil for the first time in a while and participated in the meeting.

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LEO, a student of ScienZ Academy. Attending a meeting in Brazil from Japan.

"What are we trying to accomplish at the youth camp?"
"What are our goals, what do we want to achieve?"

First of all, it is important for the staff members to get along well with each other and be able to talk about anything and everything, so that the young people who will participate in the camp can understand what we are trying to achieve.

"The staff members this time ranged from 17 to 39 years old. I felt that the young people were very motivated to create something together for the next generation", said LEO.

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It seems that there are many young people in Brazil who would like to visit the As One Community in Japan and are also interested in the ScienZ Academy.
We are sure that exchanges with Brazil will become more and more active in the future.

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Diego" (rightmost photo),is studying in the As One Community in Japan.
Diego is also creating the next society in Brazil by studying between Brazil and Japan.
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As One Suzuka Community as a place to learn, one after another from overseas

In September, we have a number of people coming from overseas to study at the Suzuka Community.

Alex and Antje from Switzerland (front left) ↓

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From Korea, Say-ri, Geum-sang & Dong-ha with their son Seomg-yeol, Jung-ah and their two children Yeo-jung and Yeo-min (from left to right in the photo) ↓

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Alex, Antje and Say-ri are "As One Style Practice Program" students

Gum-sang, Dong-ha and Jung-ah are coming to Japan to study as ScienZ Academy students.

The children have started living at Cherish, a voluntary daycare center during the day, with other children from the community, under the watchful eyes of the grandparents, brothers and sisters.

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In this issue, we asked these two from Switzerland to report on what it was like for them to come to Suzuka and what kind of time they are spending there.

Alex

After attending the As One Seminar, I felt lifted up in the world and fulfilled in myself. When I travelled from Suzuka to Switzerland last June after just 10 days of stay in Suzuka, I felt like I was leaving home. Then I knew I wanted to come back, for a longer time.

In August I went to the course to get to know the society. Since then I wonder how can we create a society where no one has to do anything, where everyone acts freely and which is harmonious at the same time. A society in which people enjoy giving each other a fulfilled life. I want to learn here to become a person who can do that.

For me, many things are new and interesting here like the food, the weather, the language, it's a different kind of sleeping here, the art of living together etc. I enjoy doing things together with the other people here, eating together, learning Japanese, working, sitting together in the living room and of course the meetings where you can say anything and hear anything.

I try to investigate, observe, while working and everywhere. It's interesting to see where it succeeds and where it doesn't. And why not? And to look at that together in the meetings. I don't want to hold anything back, to say everything that is inside me and look at it together. I hope that in this way I will come closer and closer to reality, get to know reality. I feel good, I feel more and more at home, even if my inner self is not yet calm.

I often think about the harmonious society, the future society. And how do you realise it? I see the academy students every day and sometimes I wonder if I can become an academy student too. I have a return ticket to Switzerland in three months, but I have the feeling that I actually want to stay here, learn Japanese well and realise paradise for all people by doing research together with these people here. Because I have no doubt that together it is possible.


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Antje

I have been in Suzuka for about 3 weeks now and am taking part in the practice program. In Switzerland, I have been living in a eco-village for a long time. I want to find out what human life means and participate in a society where everyone can live happily. 3 years ago Ono-San came to Switzerland and I started attending the As One courses. I enjoyed it very much to look from zero again. It feels so gentle and I realised that I want to explore more in this way. The desire became stronger to go to Suzuka one day and see how people live together there. What does the As One style look like? When I arrived with Alex, I was surprised that we were participating in the practice program. I think I rather wanted to look from the outside. Now I am in the middle of getting to know myself. I realised that I can't enjoy it if I don't know and understand anything. With my thinking that I have to understand...it becomes difficult. Then I tried to get to know everything and to familiarise myself with things. I quickly realised that I can do that every day. And now? How is it now? It doesn't matter how much I know or understand. Am I now looking, asking, listening? Forming relationships with different people is very exciting. As soon as I fix an idea or thought in my head, e.g. I can't do that or I don't understand anything, something in the connection from me falters. I feel disconnected. I have the opportunity here to look at all the everyday things. Why do I want to do this work? What is behind the joy of having achieved something? I have a picture of myself, but what am I really like? I am looking forward to looking and examining in the meetings and trying things out again and again.
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