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"brown's book Just Enough is a compelling account of how Edo Japan confronted similar environmental problems and created solutions that connected farms and cities, people and nature." —Huffington Post

The world has changed immeasurably over the last thirty years, with more, bigger, better being the common mantra. but in the midst of this constantly evolving world, there is a growing community of people who are looking at our history, searching for answers to issues that are faced everywhere, such as energy, water, materials, food and population crisis.

in Just Enough, author Azby brown turned to the history of Japan, where he finds a number of lessons on living in a sustainable society that translate beyond place and time. This book of stories depicts vanished ways of life from the point of view of a contemporary observer, and presents a compelling argument around how to forge a society that is conservation-minded, waste-free, well-housed, well-fed and economically robust.

included at the end of each section are lessons in which brown elaborates on what Edo Period life has to offer us in the global battle to reverse environmental degradation. Covering topics on everything from transportation, interconnected systems, and waste reduction to the need for spiritual centers in the home, there is something here for everyone looking to make changes in their life.

Just Enough is much-needed beacon in our evolving world, giving us hope in our efforts to achieve sustainability now.

About the Author

Azby brown, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana is the director of KiT Future Design institute in Tokyo. He studied architecture and sculpture at Yale College, graduating in 1980, and entered the Department of Architecture of the University of Tokyo in 1985 under a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education. He received his master's degree in 1988 and completed his PhD research in 1995. He is the author of The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (1995), Small Spaces (1996), The Japanese Dream House (2001), and The Very Small Home (2005), all published by Kodansha international. He became an associate professor of architectural design at the Kanazawa institute of Technology in 1995, and currently holds a position there in the Department of Media informatics.

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HASH(0xa3b62b10) out of 5 stars Fascinating read! 19 May 2013
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Azby Brown showcases a lifestyle that is so different from the life we live in the United States! This book is a fascinating peek into a world that simplifies life.
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HASH(0xa59126fc) out of 5 stars Fascinating look into the heart of a sustainable society. 21 May 2013
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Azby Brown's work over the past thirty years provides him with a unique perspective of life in medieval Japan. This book describes the inner workings of Edo period Japan with great detail. As a book of stories it is an easy read providing insight to a society that found uses for everything while keeping most of its members happy and satisfied throughout their lives.
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HASH(0xa5912e88) out of 5 stars Heartwarming time travel to pre-modern Japan 1 Mar. 2015
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A deep dive into the architecture, agriculture, sociology and soul of rural & urban Japan in the 18th century, just before the irruption of the "modern" times. Spiritually and technically inspiring for rethinking modern homes and life styles. An excellent surprise, congratulations to the author for this careful and thorough work.
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I am about 1/4 of the way through this book on my kindle. The book itself is wonderful, but I was very disappointed in the quality of illustrations in the kindle edition. The paper version of the book is beautifully laid out and illustrated, but little care was taken with the kindle transition. I would recommend not purchasing the kindle edition unless it gets updated with higher quality images.
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HASH(0xa5912d38) out of 5 stars Learn more about living without destroying the planet, our ultimate livelihood. 22 April 2015
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Well written and interesting. Food for thought, about how we use our resources from the domestic to the urban scales.
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