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[Serial No.13] Prelúdio December 2022

Community Saijiki literary calendar


坂井和貴(Kazuki Sakai)

When I opened the door of the birdcage, two paddy birds slowly appeared and flew into the room.
The two birds, which until a few moments ago had been watching the six of us eating and talking with each other from inside the cage, tilting their heads from time to time, and responding with faint chirps, have now joined our circle of friends.
For some reason, Antje seems to be their favorite, and they keep jumping onto her hands, shoulders, and head, chatting in German together.
"They are both boys," Teruko said.


Diego tries to draw the birds toward him by calling out and reaching out, but their attention seems to be solely on Antje and Alex, who are next to her, and not on what Diego wants them to do.
"What's up with that classical guitar, Motoyama-san?"
Diego asks, pointing to the guitar hanging on the living room wall.
"Takuya said he doesn't use it, so I got it from him. Do you want to play it, Diego?"
So saying, Motoyama-san puts the guitar in Diego's hand.
"Okay! Let's play. Maybe the sound of the guitar will lure them toward me!"

"Can you play Aitor Villa-Lobos' Prelude No. 1?"
Diego nodded lightly as he tuned the strings to this sudden request from Mr. Motoyama.
The concert began.
I had never heard of Villa-Lobos, but when Diego's fingertips plucked a delicate note, my brain instantly responded that I had heard this piece somewhere before.
"When I was in the eighth grade, my cousin, who is a college student, played this song for me. I was totally taken by it."
Motoyama's eyes lit up. Lobos was born in Brazil and was one of the leading composers of the 20th century, incorporating classical techniques with a uniquely Brazilian style.
Alex, a French horn virtuoso, Antje, who had grown up with the violin, and the birds had stopped singing for a while and were listening, watching Diego's fingertips dancing lightly.
And in my mind's eye, five years of Diego's life quietly flowed by.


This spring, Diego stepped on Brazilian soil for the first time in five years, which I wrote about briefly in the April issue of Saijiki lierary calender, and then he came back to Japan to continue his training and living here.
He and I were also in charge of hosting Alex and Antje, who came from Switzerland for training in September, and we have been together for the past three months. For Diego, this is the day he will embark on the next stage of his life.
There are many things that come to mind, such as "Diego's 5 years," such and such a thing, a word from a person at a certain moment, a time when he could not hold back his tears, being accepted by such and such people, being blessed with such and such an opportunity.... But I don't think I could possibly describe the past five years if I put them all on the table in my head.
How much has been poured into Diego?
From the people around us, from things, from society, from nature, from the visible and the invisible...
In truth, I feel as if I don't know anything at all.
However, the totality of those five years is in Diego, in me, and in everyone who lives with us. So when Diego says he is going to Brazil, I don't feel like I am leaving him at all. I have a strange feeling as if a part of me is leaving, as if I am being taken along with him.
There is no "goodbye" anywhere.


Geum-chan is a 3-month trainee from Korea.
She and her partner, Dong Ha, and their 2-year-old son, Seomg Yeol, would like to continue their training in the Suzuka community for a longer period of time.
However, there are various restrictions due to visa issues, and she is pondering what to do.
One of the ideas that came up was to have someone take care of Seomg Yeol in Korea while Geum and Dong Ha come to Japan. But Geum-chan said, "I have a very close friend in Korea.
I don't know why, but I think it would feel at ease to leave Seomg Yeol with the Suzuka community and have us travel back and forth between Korea and Japan. There is no one in Japan that I am very close to like my Korean friend. Why is that?"
She said again, "I don't know why."
What does it really mean that Geum-chan's inner mind is becoming like that?
When this came up in a meeting between Alex and Antje, Antje said something like this.
Antje said, "Even now, there are scenes where Seomg Yeol lives apart from his parents, but none of the people here ever think and say to Seomg Yeol, "Are you okay without your mother and father? " But people in the public eye don't. "Are you okay without your mom? Poor Seomg Yeol! " People around you look at you like that and say things like that.


Momo-chan of Waseda University, who has participated in Gaia Youth and other events, is about to write her graduation thesis on "Chapter 4: A Case Study of a Community that Nurtures the Richness of 'Tsunagari' (Connection)," and she is planning to pick up As One as a topic for her thesis.
Not only Momo-chan, but for the past few years, there have been an endless number of university students (all women so far!) who have come to us for advice on how to write about As One Community in their thesis.
In my correspondence with Momo-chan, I heard a word for the first time. It is.
"Social Capital."
When Momo-chan told her professor that she would like to write a case study on As One for her graduation thesis, he replied, "That's a case study on Social Capital, isn't it? You should write it from the perspective of "social capital."

It was refreshing to know that there is a way of looking at social and human relations as capital, rather than money or goods.
The deadline is December 15 or so, and we have been exchanging correspondence over the past few issues, but Momo-chan herself has been writing to try to represent the reality of the As One Community through what she has experienced here.

『No matter how good the rough stones and materials may be, if the design and construction are not correct, even a building that looks magnificent will collapse and look ugly even if there is no wind.』
I have seen a sentence to this effect.
This is not only about buildings.
It is the "social atmosphere and social system" that design and construct the abundance of good materials called "human resources".
No matter how great a person is, he or she cannot design and construct himself or herself.
There are more than 8 billion people on the earth today, and there is an abundance of human resources.
Good raw stones and materials will continue to be born one after another.
It would be a pity if the good materials are not fully utilized because the social atmosphere and systems have not caught up with them.
Human society has come this far.
I hope that the "5 years of Diego" and the "22 years of Suzuka Community" will be studied and used by the brains of the world as a beginning to perfect the atmosphere and system of our society.


The paddy birds were listening to Diego's guitar, but as usual, they were not separated from Antje and Alex.
Diego seemed to have given up trying to attract the birds to him, and began to talk with Alex and the others. Then, on the contrary, the birds started to visit Diego from time to time.
Soon Alex and Antje will also leave for Switzerland.
They are also planning to stay here for a long time to learn more about Suzuka and to become people who can really melt with anyone, not just theoretically. They can also clearly see the faces of the young people who are coming from Europe to follow in their footsteps.
Diego could see them as his " self of 5 years ago".
Alex and Antje see "themselves in 5 years" in Diego's current image.
My ears continue to echo the sounds and rhythms of Villa-Lobos that Diego used to play.
Prelúdio means prelude. A precursor, an omen. Its first number.
The casual choice of this piece for this scene, Mr. Motoyama, was brilliant! I have no other choice but to say.


Around noon today, I received a phone call from Diego, who was supposed to be on his way to Brazil.
He said, "Mr. Sakai, my name on the airline ticket is different from the one on my passport. The domestic flight from Nagoya Centrair to Narita is fine, but the international flight from Narita, the airline is not sure if they will take me. What should I do?"
He went out with great enthusiasm, but he seemed to be a little scared... "It's not easy to buy a new ticket now, so let's just go to Narita and ask them to take you."
He said, "Okay, I'll go to Narita and ask them. If not, I'll go back to Suzuka."
Diego would have liked to leave smartly, but you never know what will happen until the very end.
He's not the only one who doesn't know what's going to happen, and neither do I... or anyone else... .
Still, a few hours later, did Diego get a ride? Is he coming back? Just as the buzz in this neighborhood was building, I received a text message.
"Checked in, everything is fine, see you!"
The accompanying photo showed a snow-capped Mt. Fuji floating faintly between the main wing and the sea of clouds.
I guess Diego really took off this time.
Now let's go to the next stage!

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November 4-7 Suzuka Community Tour from Korea

I had the " true heart " in me!

This weekend, 7 people from Korea participated in the As One Suzuka Tour for 4 days and 3 nights.


A participant said, "I had given up on getting close to people from the bottom of my heart, and I would only do it with animals..." He seemed to feel hopeful when he was exposed to the life of a big harmonious family of 200 people, saying, "If I could, it would be what I wish for, too."


A woman in her 30s said, "I thought it was natural to feel blame because the other person was wrong," but when she realized her true wish, she shed tears, saying, "I was surprised to find such a feeling deep inside me."



"Let's have another As One Seminar in Korea!" and departed in high spirits. She immediately became enthusiastic about inviting the people around her.


Although the tour lasted only 4 days and 3 nights, it became like a family that has been living together for a long time.

(Reuniting with a Korean mother friend who is coming to Suzuka with her children to study.)

With the easing of travel restrictions, we are likely to see an increase in tours and requests for training from overseas in the near future.
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Takuki Okada to Visit As One Brazil Community, Interacting in Brazil

Takuki Okada, a student at ScienZ Academy (As One Suzuka Community), has been visiting the As One Brazilian Community in Brazil since November to participate in an exchange program as part of the social development training program.

We asked him to report on the exchange from Brazil.

Takuki Okada, usually studies as a ScienZ Academy student in Suzuka, Japan.

We organize camps for Brazilian youths and children.
It is about a week-long camp set on a farm here in As One Brazil.
They can talk about anything in peace, play to their heart's content, learn and live in a safe environment, while experiencing and playing in agriculture, such as harvesting crops and collecting eggs from chickens.

This time, we held a camp (Chikyu-mura) for its staff to get together and draw about the future.
The staff members of this camp are all people who originally participated in the camp when they were children.
This time, we gathered mainly the younger generation among the staff members.


While I was involved with Gaia Youth in Japan as a staff member, I saw how each participant gradually opened his/her heart and how they naturally got to know each other, and I felt the possibility that human beings could be more.
Before participating in this camp, I had a meeting with the staff of this camp.
At that time, as I listened to the thoughts of the youth about the camp, I felt a sense of certainty that this is how human beings can really connect with each other.
Felix's (a ScienZ Academy student living in Japan) brother Axel, was our interpreter for the three days.


Why do I feel at ease here?
What elements make it so?
Let's first connect with people who want to realize these things.
Let's connect with each other so that we can become an environment where people can be at ease in each place and remain so.
It was a three-day event that seemed to spread the harmony of the connected hearts and minds throughout the world.


And last weekend, we also held a talk session for Brazilian people.
Roughly 35 people attended that day.
I thought it was amazing just the fact that someone had come to listen to a young Japanese man whom they did not know well.
This time, I mainly introduced ScienZ Academy and talked about the As One Network.
I asked Axel to do the interpretation again this time, and I was happy to think that I had gotten to know him well through this opportunity.
Everyone listened to the end of the talk and asked questions, and the two hours flew by.
It seemed that the expressions on the faces of those listening gradually softened, and I would be happy if something was left in each one of them.
I hope that this will lead to our activities not only in Japan but also in Brazil.
This was my first opportunity to speak for two hours alone, and I would like to have such an opportunity again somewhere in Japan.
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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.

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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.


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.


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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[Serial No.12] Brother - From the Family Landscape December 2022

Community Saijiki literary calendar

Brother - From the Family Landscape

坂井和貴(Kazuki Sakai)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


"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.


“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!


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.


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.


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.

【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)


【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.


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


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.
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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
Masashi Ono, ScienZ Institute, Inc.ono-2.jpg

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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