Just Enough


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Just Enough

Lessons from Japan for Sustainable Living, Architecture, and Design

If we want to live sustainably, how should we feel about nature? About waste? About our forests and rivers? About food? Just Enough is a book of stories and sketches that give valuable insight into what it is like to live in a sustainable society by describing life in Japan some two hundred years ago, during the late Edo period, when cities and villages faced many of the same environmental challenges we do today and met them beautifully and inventively.

“I cannot overstate the importance of Just Enough. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to help make today’s world more sustainable, and capable of surviving the current imbalances of climate, energy, and resource distribution. . . . there’s no other way to say it: This is is an extraordinary book that holds the keys we’re looking for to rebalance both our planet and our own lives. Read it, please.”

Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series, and The Not So Big Life 

“Truly an eye-opener. Brown takes us behind the scenes, revealing the complex and ingenious techniques that put Japanese traditional life in harmony with nature. An indispensable reference for anyone wanting to know the secret formulae that made old Japanese life what it was.”

Alex Kerr, author of Dogs and Demons, and Lost Japan

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Azby Brown

Azby Brown

Azby Brown is a leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism and the author of several groundbreaking books.