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World Architecture – January 2015

The Time When the Eastern Wisdom Blossoms

About 10 years ago, a Chinese woman visited Konohana Family at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan and said with excitement, “I learned about the ideal communism at my junior high school. Since then, I have dreamed of such a world, but could not find any in reality. However, I came from communist China to capitalist Japan today, and I have finally met the ideal communism here in Konohana Family, which exists in capitalist Japan!”


Katja Bratseth from Denmark

Make a Place – Dwell in Time ~ Spiritual Environmentalism in a Japanese ~

Katja is a Norwegian anthropologist. When she was a master student at the Arhus University in Denmark, she visited Konohana Family for her master’s thesis research from early autumn to the end of the year in 2012 for three and half months with her 3.5- year-old daughter. She faced different matters and values every day, but yet she was always open and objective to grasp those, and she proceeded her research by simply asking questions if she did not understand. This thesis, “Make a Place – Dwell in Time ~ Spiritual Environmentalism in a Japanese~” is the result of that study. She was asked to exhibit her study at the Moesgard Museum in Denmark from October 2014 to March 2015.

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