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As One Network News 2022 New Year Issue


As One Network News 2022 New Year Issue

Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you very much for reading the As One Network News.
In 2022, we will continue to provide you with monthly updates and information on the active and heartwarming activities of people in Japan and abroad. We are looking forward to working with you this year.
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Beyond the murmur

At dusk, a path of crows forms in the Suzuka sky.
Countless crows cross the same area one after another, from the sea in Shiroko to Kameyama.

There is no line in the sky, not even a single crow in charge of traffic control, but I am impressed by their accuracy, as if they are equipped with GPS.
The aerial "Crow Road" stands out against the background of the Suzuka peaks, which are covered in white due to a cold wave that is said to be once in a few years.


The end of the year is a time for making "osechi" ( a Japanese New Year's traditional dish ).
This year, we received orders for 360 sets from all over the world.
The community's family business, the "mother's lunch box," will be in full swing from the 28th, with young and old alike rushing in.

The members in charge of this year's lunchboxes began planning, prototyping, and tasting when the sound of cicadas began to fade. Putting our hearts into it...

I think it was around the time of the beginning of December when people were talking about the festive season, that Miyuki, who was looking at the food section of the community, murmured something to us.
“I wish I could deliver lunch boxes every day during the busy year-end season.”

The sale of bento boxes usually ends on December 26th or 27th, and the whole community, including all the bento shops, goes into full-scale preparation of the festive season. The kitchen and serving room are all transformed into a "festive" kitchen.

A regular customer who has been taking bento for a long time comes to the store and says, "Oh, I see, I'm sorry to hear about your bento”.
When I saw her disappointed, I thought that she must want a bento box for the year-end cleaning and New Year's preparation.
I had no choice but to say,
"I'll be preparing the osechi on the 31st. Please enjoy it.


It was after the 20th.
"I wish I could manage to make the year-end bento that Miyuki-san mentioned."
Out of nowhere, Mr. Nakai or Mr. Izumida started to say.
"Let's make it happen next year." Before I knew it, it had turned into,
"Can't we do something about it now?
Then everywhere in the bento company they murmured,
“We can do this, we can do that, we can do it," and so on.
It all came together in no time at all.
Today, the 31st, we decided to prepare not only the daily bento, but also New Year's Eve soba.

"I only can make osechi at the end of the year so that I can't even prepare the daily bento "
It was only in my mind that I had decided that.


Speaking of "murmur"...

On the 20th, Mommy Yoshiko of the community space JOY said,
"The refrigerator at JOY has been working for a long time, but it looks like it's about to run out of steam. <It would be nice if we could get a new one.>”

Every time it breaks down, Ichikawa-san, who is in charge of electricity, fixes it. Recently, Yoshiko-san emptied the showcase every day and used a hair dryer to melt the frost inside, saying that the defrosting function had stopped working.
Every day, Yoshiko emptied the showcase and melted the frost inside with a hair dryer, saying,
"Even though I defrost the showcase every day, it's getting harder and harder to keep it cool. I'd like to get a new one, but when I hear that they cost hundreds of thousands of yen, I think I'll let this one work a little harder."
Yoshiko continued・・・.

"But thanks to the showcase, we hardly use the refrigerator at home."
"I can just bring eggs from there to eat the next day."
"If I were to buy a hundred thousand yen refrigerator for myself, I would hesitate, but it's a refrigerator for a hundred people."
"Yeah, if you divide it by 100, it's only several thousand yen per person."
On the 27th, a new baby arrived from Sendai in Tohoku.

Why do crows caw?
Because in the mountains,
there are seven cute little ones
"Kawaii, Kawaii"
The crows caw.
"Kawaii, Kawaii"
They caw
Let’s go to the old nest in the mountains and see.
Look at their round eyes.
They're pretty ones.

These are the words to the song "Seven Children," which is said to have been written by Ujo Noguchi.
I wonder how he looked at the crows.
And I wonder if he really went to visit crows' "old nests in the mountains"...
It was an inexplicable "relaxed view" that was very different from the images, videos, and information that we were chasing and processing in a flash.

"What about that?
When you wonder with your pure curiosities
It's like you want to stop and listen to what you're looking at.
It's the feeling of closeness that makes you want to stop and listen.

Our heartfelt festivities have been packed in boxes since yesterday.
and shipped all over Japan on the "osechi road" with the help of a delivery company.
And this morning, they are lined up at a bento store for people to come and pick them up.


Along with the daily bento and New Year's Eve bukkake soba.
A line from Mr. Izumida calling out, "Hurry up or We'll finish wrapping the festive boxes!
Nana is now running towards the bento shop.

The year 2021 is drawing to a close.
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Swiss ScienZ School 【A Course in Knowing Yourself】

From the end of the year to the beginning of the year in Switzerland, three courses of the ScienzZ School are being held.Starting in the summer of 2019, people from Europe have been coming to the ScienZ School twice a year, in succession, in summer and winter.


Switzerland is in the middle of a record number of corona infections right now, and several people have been unable to participate due to corona-related issues. In spite of this, however, we have a group of enthusiastic people who want to participate in order to grow as a human being. (We are also taking all possible measures against Corona)

The photo shows the members of the "Know Yourself Course" that ended on January 1.

A 27-year-old young man - "I experienced a transformation in myself by learning from and among everyone.

A 37 year old woman: "I felt like a butterfly flapping its wings, realizing the prison I created and realizing my true wish that was inside of me.
These were some of the comments I heard.

It seemed to have been a wonderful week for all participants to feel the wonder and potential of humanity.

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On the New Year of 2022


Happy New Year to you all. I am pleased to be able to work with you this year through the activities of the As One Network.

21 years ago, As One Network Suzuka Community was born in a corner of Suzuka City by a few volunteers. They were eager to "realize a society where everyone in the world can live happily.

A family-like community has been created with various researches and trials since 2001. Now 200 people beyond blood relations join the community. In addition, network activities have been emerging and spreading to the abroad, by people who have come into contact with the community's reality.
And now people both of community and network are trying to create "one world" together.

Especially since last year, new visiters have been increasing. They are trying to create a new future; such as political leaders, government officials, people in the publishing industry, and people who are involved in the creation of eco-villages in various regions around Japan.

In the beginning of 2022, A Chinese Research team asks to cooperate for the rural reconstruction project of East Asia, and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) call on to join their international exchange meeting for creation of an intrinsic education programs.

Looking around the world, it seems that there are few communities in urban areas that have been able to operate stably for more than 20 years. It' s also rare to find a community in the world that has the function of fostering human resources to create society.

In this sense, the Suzuka community is likely to attract more and more attention as a future social model.

This year, I would like to meet as many of you as possible and move forward together.
Let's do it together!

Hiroko Katayama (As One Network International office )
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Serial No.3 Motivation and Drive Alone Won't Do It!

Toward a Society Where People Can Live Gently and Without Conflict from their heart.
Masashi Ono, ScienZ Institute, Inc.

Chapter 1
5. motivation and drive alone won't do it! 
~Aware of the reality full of "fixed ideas".

After 20 years, the current As One Network Suzuka community, although still small in size, seems to have grown considerably in number of people, and its contents seem to have become much richer with various industries, various activities, and buildings in place. However, of course, not everything went well from the beginning. We have faced many problems and crises.

In 2001, I joined this group who were highly motivated people with high ideals, and then we started this project, but soon we faced with various problems.
Even among those of us who were aiming for an innovative community,when it came to human relations and society,we had lots of assumption with us, such as "this must be done" or "this is the way it should be done". Moreover, we were not aware of it at all. In other words, there were "assumptions," "fixed ideas," and "resrain" lying deep in our hearts. They were too common, and people around took them for ofcourse as well, so no one noticed them.

Of course, I myself was like that, and even now I am constantly questioning myself about it.

When I was in university (40 years ago), I began to question life and society, and having been involved in the student movement and the peace movement, I began to aspire to create an ideal society.
After graduating from university, I threw myself into a community called Yamagishi-kai and was active in it for about 16 years.

However, as the organization grew and various problems arose, I felt a gap and a deadlock with the ideal world, and I left the association at the end of 2000. Then I moved to Suzuka with a group of like-minded people I had met at the Yamagishi-kai to try once again to create an ideal society from zero, and started new activities. This was the beginning of what we now call the As One Network Suzuka Community.

We, a group of friends with pure hearts, had gathered, we were fully motivated and we could make use of our past experience of failures in community building, and we thought, "This time we can do it!" I was burning with ideal, and I began to take on various challenges: "Let's create a company in which everything is managed by communication without hierarchy," "Let's create an economy that doesn't need money," and "Let's create a truly free lifestyle.

However, we found that different opinions caused conflicts among us, as well as we noticed to bias the opinions based on whether the person can do the job or sepeak reasonably well.Also, money was often in short supply, and this put pressure on those who did not work, and it caused restraints, or it led to blame those who spent more money.... In fact, all sorts of human problems erupted.

The reality was far from "the ideal of a society, in which people can live gently and without conflict," and the people were confronted with this reality.

People are gathering together hoping for an ideal society, so why can't it happen? "Wishing for peace, we go to war!?" The same kind of problem as that state of affairs has reappeared!

That's when I realized the fact that I was full of fixed ideas, such as I was the one who said, "We all have to do what we have agreeded to do."
I had to face up to the fact of myself: "I said I would do it, and so I must do it," "Good at my job is good eoungh", "We should act with the whole picture in mind," "It is common to help each other when we are in trouble," and some others.

I also had to ask myself what it means to be "close"? What does it mean to be "happy"? What does "freedom" mean? I realized that while we say we "aim for such a society," in fact we don't really "know" what "closeness," "happiness," "freedom," really mean. In other words, it was as if we were blindly running without knowing the goal exactly.

I realized that motivation and pure feelings were not enough to create an ideal community.

We didn't have the perspective of "people who can do" community building.
I think it is very important for those who aspire to make communities, as well as for those who are trying to improve their workplaces and homes.
Are you a "can-do" person? It is the viewpoint of whether or not you are trying to become such person.

For example, even if a boy has a genuine wish and motivation to become a baseball player,his wish and motivation are not enough to become an active player, are they? I believe that a person can be active as a baseball player only after he goes through the path of developing basic physical strength, getting basic training, learning about baseball through practical experience, and in this way growing into a person who can "do" baseball.

However, in activities such as improving relationships, improving workplaces and neighborhoods, and creating communities, people tend to feel like they can do it if they are motivated and willing. However, it is only natural that if you are not a "can-do" person, you will not be able to do it.

For us, these realizations were a major turning point. What do we mean by "closeness," "happiness," and "freedom?" What causes conflict and
confrontation? What are fixed ideas? Where does it come from?

What is a "can-do" person? How can we grow into "can-do" people? In 2004, we established a research institute called the "ScienZ Institute" in order to conduct full-scale research on these issues.

We then began to reexamine human beings and society from zero, and to accumulate research and practice. We began researching the elements of what makes a " can-do" person, and moved to establish the "ScienZ School" (2006) as a human resource development institution to help people grow into "can-do" people.

6. Breaking free from the prison of fiction

~Beyond the binding of "ought" and "should"

Earlyer,I mentioned why people can not exercize their abilities toward themselves and societies inspite of their great imagination and creativity. I believe the reason why people have deep "assumptions," "fixed ideas," and "resignation". I would like to think about that a little more.

Yuval Noah Harari, historian and author of "The Complete History of Sapiens," a book that has become a hot topic in Japan, says, "As individuals, we are very weak, but we were able to prosper as we do today because we were able to use fiction. In other words, by sharing fiction, large groups of people were able to work together and have great power.

Chimpanzees and Neanderthals could only work together with about 150 others they knew, whereas humans can work together with a large group of strangers by sharing fictions.

Fiction is something that does not exist in reality. For example, countries, laws, human rights, rights, obligations, responsibilities, institutions, possessions, money, religion ・・・・.
In more familiar terms, money, promises, appointments, time, musts, shoulds, should nots, ought, usual, common sense, this way, people up and down...etc., these are all fictions, not things that actually exist. The list goes on and on.

What exactly does it mean to share a fiction? For example, money. Suppose here is a 10,000 yen bill. If you negotiate with a chimpanzee, "I will give you a 10,000 yen bill in exchange for the banana you are holding," it will not show any interest. To them, it is just a piece of paper. But as soon as the fiction of money is accepted between human beings, it suddenly looks valuable, and they will start using it as a material for exchange.

By sharing the fiction of a country, people who have never met can say to each other, "Go, Nippon! The result is that 130 million people can work together under the name of Japan.
On the other hand, in today's society, fiction has become absolute and fixed, and people have become subject to fiction, which binds people, separates them, and causes various human problems and conflicts. Being "driven by money," "bound by rules," "pressed for time," etc. are prominent examples of this. We are bound by the fiction that we have created, and this is a state of self-imposed bondage. It could be said that we cannot escape from the prison we have created.

This is not to say that fiction is bad, harmful, or should be eliminated. It is a wonderful ability of human beings to share and collaborate with fictions, and I think we need a new way to use intelligence that is not bound by fictions (see Chapter 1, Section 8).
When we are building a community, or trying to get some project or activity going in earnest, the relationship between people becomes closer and closer.

This can lead to the start of various binding relationships, which can develop into various conflicts and confrontations. On the other hand, it can also give rise to reservations, forbearance, and other separations. For example, "That person doesn't do what he/she said he/she would do," "He/she is on duty and doesn't do it."
"That person doesn't clean up the tools he/she used," "That person doesn't do what we all decided to do and does it selfishly," etc.

There may be people who blame others for these things, and disputes may
arise. Also, if you are trying your best to fit in with the people around you, trying not to be blamed, the situation may seem to be well managed, but it will not be comfortable, and those who are trying their best to do so will likely have bad feelings toward those who do not do so.

This is because the fictions that bind oneself and others, such as "If you say you will do something, you should do it responsibly," "If you are on duty, it is normal to do it," "You should clean up after yourself what you use," and "You should follow what everyone else decides," are unconsciously held within each person as "common sense" and "normal. The reason for this is that they have been created in our minds. It is a state of self-obsession, where bad feelings and confrontations arise toward those who don't do or follow the rules.
If you are the only one who is being fixed, it is easy to realize that you may be the only one who is being fixed, but if everyone else is also being fixed, you are under the illusion that what you "should" be doing is real. It's natural," "that's what people do," "that's what everyone does," and so on. And then, we blame others and end up in a state of conflict and struggle. . In this way, a prison of fiction is created. Fixed fictions end up destroying the relationships in the
community. The opposite of what we wish for happens.

Observing the current situation in which people themselves are bound by the fictions that they themselves have devised, we can say that they do not know how to handle the "human idea. In other words, we are unable to use our wonderful abilities, and we are instead tied down by those abilities. From this perspective, a method was found to free oneself from the fiction that binds oneself and others created by "human thinking" and to fully demonstrate one's abilities. This is the ScieneZ Method, which will be introduced in the next section.

What will happen when we are no longer bound by fiction?
When we are freed from the world of "this is the way it should be" and "this is the way it is supposed to be," we can clearly see that both we and our partners have intentions, wishes, and hopes. By honestly communicating these to each other, and by listening to and trying to understand each other's wishes and desires, I believe that a world of heart-to-heart discussions can be realized. We see a light and cheerful relationship between people that is free of pressure and restraints, such as blaming, making people do things, or making them stop, such as "I wanted you to do that," "I want you to do that," or "I want you to put away the tools after use.

I think the base of community building is conversation. (See Chapter 2, Section 2.) I believe that the exchange of one's true feelings within oneself, rather than the exchange within the confines of a fixed fiction, will lead to comfortable and smooth conversations.

(Continued in next issue)
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