A new ingredient

A friend of mine who follows trends of IT over 20 years visited Berlin to cover IFA as a press. (IFA=the German biggest trade show for consumer electronic products) As her interpreter, I joined her in the mega event at ICC Berlin. Coincidentally I got to see TEDxBerlin since IFA collaborated with TEDxBerlin. I met her at Betahaus, a co-working place in Berlin. As soon as we gladly hugged for our reunion, we jumped in our conversation as we had much to catch up.

Two years and three months of my Berlin life. It’s an expedition of the human consciousness and the body. It enables me to re-discover the intuitive, intrinsic, and simple side of a human animal who is freer from patterns and habits that s/he unconsciously and blindly acquires as growing in societies and organizations.

We humans and many other species whose intelligence and consciousness are capable of choice and judgement make a decision at every moment. Our life consists of an accumulation of decisions. Without choices and decisions, no life survives nor evolves. A decision-making behavior and energy consumed for it is like a “quantum” (=the minimum unit of any physical entity involved in an interaction) of sentient beings.

I practice in tuning up and refining the body, brain, cognitive process, perception, sensual faculties and energy flow. With the attuned eyes, I observe my decision-making process to grasp the essence of human decision-making process. The more conscious I become of factors that influence the decision-making process, the more reductive it becomes. Less and less grey clouds of miscellaneous thoughts. More and more simplified games of random emotions. My decision-making process comes to have less choices but more certainty.

The exploration of the human animal goes further. I make progress and move forward during the waking time. What about while I sleep? Do I make a decision during my dream? Where does my consciousness go? Why do we lose our consciousness over and over, again and again, every night? Losing the conscious is like a little death. (and yes, la petite mort is another virtual dying experience!) As a result, I practice the Tibetan Dream Yoga, which I believe is the key to decode the enigma of the human consciousness, body, dream, sleep, and death.

The pursuit for finding out the essence of the human animal leads me to another realization. Why do we not communicate with the other animals more frequently on a regular basis? Majority of animals are domesticated ones around us. I would like to contact to more diverse wild ones. They co-live and fight against each other, while the human animal is secluded way too far.

My friend attentively listened to my words and displayed an amused expression on the face. She wasn’t reserved to show her surprise. “That’s exactly the same as what scientists who do research on Singularity want to investigate.”  She lately interviewed Japanese top scientists and engineers in the Singularity field.  “This is so interesting!” said she. It was totally out of the blue to me as well, because Singularity didn’t attract my attention at all until this moment. My attitude toward it was “none of my business.” I’m not techy IT savvy. but more fascinated with sentient beings of the analog physical world. Moreover, the theme of TEDxBerlin was “exponential change,” all about Singularity. A title of a book that she happened to bring with her in the airplane was”The Problem of 2045.”  Now I’m reading the book that she gave me. “This synchronicity is something. Why don’t you read it?”

In my theory, the human body must evolve drastically in oder for the human consciousness to advance deeper. Why? Because the brain, body, and consciousness are interconnected. It’s said that genetics of Homo Sapience have remained the same for the past 50,000 years at least. Biologically we haven’t changed for that long time. If the container is the same, how can only the consciousness and mind transform? I suppose there is a physical limitation to a paradigm shift. Therefore, the extension of human body such as technology and media is a huge potential. Needless to say, we have to discuss agenda in bioethics and philosophy. But, I think we can expect positive outcomes as much as fatal risks. Otherwise, growth of  the human consciousness will be stagnant, I guess. (this is where we are now?)

Such an ancient practice as yoga and meditation is the art of transforming the physical body on our own. However, this approach isn’t for everybody. A wide variety of approaches should be available. Hence, it’s relevant that genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and biohacking develop rapidly.

The exponential change of technology might accelerate the gap between the human consciousness and the extended human body, and yield even more disasters. Some Singularity scientists warn it. Nonetheless, I think there is probably another path. Breakthrough because of maturity of the extension of the human body.

I got a new ingredient to cook in my tray: Singularity.

Sensuality -導入-

年齢、民族、言葉、セクシャルオリエンテーション、、、様々な境界を越えて魅力的と思われる人の笑顔や仕草は 芳しく、何気ない一言にハッとさせら、つい聞き惚れたり見惚れてしまいます。そこには色気が漂います。その雰囲気は一体どこから来るのでしょうか。

魅力の構成要素を挙げれば切りがありませんが、「自分の欲望を熟知し、表現できる人」から魅力が溢れ出しているように感じます。これは性的な意味に限ったことではなく、仕事においては追求すべきミッションを持っていることであり、夢に向かって進む輝く無謀さであり、 送りたい暮らし方を得るために政治へ意見を表明できることです。 家族においてはどんな夫婦関係、親子関係 を結びたいかを思い描き、行動に移していることです。恋人にベッドの上でどんな風に愛撫して欲しいか色っぽく伝えられることでもあります。でも、欲しいものをスト レートに表現することは容易ではありません。エゴを剥き出しにすれば周りを傷つけ、 自分が後悔します。嫌われるのが不安で本心を出すのを躊躇すれば、欲求は陰に潜んでしまいます。

他者へ丁寧に意識を傾けながら、自分の欲求に忠実でいるためには、理屈や感情に引きずられた「あれが欲しい」「これが必要」ではなく、生をまっとうするために本当に必要なものを捉える感覚(senses)を育てなくてはなりません。周りに対する思慮や、物事を分別する良心(sensibility)を磨かないといけません。満たされない気持ちや虚栄心を埋めるためのwantsではなく、社会が決めたwantsでもなく、わたしとして存在するためのピュアで野性なwantsを感じる力。生れてから現在までの時間の積み重ねによって できた「今のわたし」を素直に表現すること。痛みや恥じらいも含めて偽りがないこと。これを私は ”Sensuality” と呼んでいます。

Sensualityを研ぎすます=この体、この脳みそ、この心、この魂をまるっと引き受けるために、「わたしは何者か」を探求し、複雑に絡み合った糸を解いていきま す。自分の嫌いな部分や隠したい部分にぶつかります。見て見ぬ振りをするのではなく、その時に浮かび上がる情景や、沸き起こる感覚・感情と向き合い、享受し尽くします。すると不思議なくらい、それまでは言葉にすることは愚か、認めることすらできなかった弱さについて、さらりと話せてしまったりするんです。人間が持つあらゆる感覚を鋭敏にして、真に表現すべき欲求を抽出していくプロセスは、一枚一枚体を覆っていたベールを脱いでまっさらになっていくことです。裸に近づけば 近づくほど、わたしが露になり、sensualになります。そしてやがて、わたしというアイデンティティはなくなるのです。

duzen oder siezen?



ドイツ語にも敬語的なものがあります。フランス語にもあります。「あなた、君」を指す Sie/du (D), Vous/tu (F) を使い分けます。主格名詞によって動詞は変化するから、敬語と親しい間柄の言葉で動詞の形が変わります。

どんな状況でどんな相手にSieを使うべきか、duでいいのかの判断力はコミュニケーション上、重要です。でも「duzen でいこう。」と合意すればswitchは割と簡単。なぜなら主語をduに変えれば動詞は自動的にduの活用に倣うから。


TEDxTokyo yzコミュニティでは、ある組織文化を醸成するために、年齢、社会的立場、知り合った年月の長さに関わらずファーストネームで呼び合うというグラウンドルールを創設当時からやっています。これは狙いが当たったというか予想以上の効果で、生み出したかった文化を育くむのに大きな役割を果たしています。単純に言うと、日本語文化圏にはないプロトコルを日本語コミュニケーション内に導入しました。


Be open to

To be open to any possibility is one thing. To prepare for multiple options for you to choose and keep the future open, like “I could do this and that!” “This might be also good for me. Let’s keep it for now!,” is another thing.

Our imagination is at the end limited to our conception and paradigm, or our language. Possibilities that we ourselves create don’t exceed who we are. An extraordinarily possibility comes from middle of nowhere, which we never even thought of, unexpectedly and absurdly. Such a possibility stuns and astonishes us. An unintended coincidence and an abrupt invitation open up a new path of possibility.

To be open to any possibility is to develop flexibility and detachment within us that enable us to say yes to a surprising invitation sent from where we don’t belong, even if we skeptically feel that we are about to throwing away what we have established, believed, and relied on.

We don’t need to keep multiple choices and disguise ourselves as if we had so many possibilities ahead of us. We should cultivate tenderness and resilience inside us that let us jump in an altered dimensioned hole suddenly appearing along the way.











マインドフルネスとは、他人に深い気遣いができたり関係性が複雑化する大勢の人間とのコミュニケーションに良い方策がとれる=エモーショナルインテリジェンスが高いことや、瞑想で1時間座ってられること(だけ)ではない。すべてにマインドが行き渡っている、つまりaware and alarted、意識が覚醒してる状態で、身体内外のエレメントが持つスピリットを、信頼できるデータとして取り扱えることだと思う。




What is your art? – A trial of responding to the question.

A general definition of art premises that art is to be seen (heard, or touched). In order to see, a product or an object is required. On the contrary, my art has no product or tangible object to show. My art is a process. Neither have I things to show nor exhibit in a gallery, though 95% of people ask me, “how do you display your art?”  “how do you track your art?” “ This is yet to be answered. What is a verb to materialize an ongoing day-to-day process that cannot be captured but flows away in a river of time? What is a verb to make an invisible, untouchable process tangible? If I discover the verb, it would make my communication to the others easier. I may know a possible verb: “to live with.” The only way of appreciating my art is to enter into it.

My definition of community is that “people are loosely connected beyond chronological and geographical distances and yet involved in one another’s decision-making process at a turning point in their lives.” I launched and developed many communities. Not all of them meet the definition. Some remain a cliche “community” in a broader sense. A “team” formed to achieve a goal of a project or business isn’t a community.

Therefore, I designed a framework where my friends and people could knock on a door and step into my life. That is, “life with.” They become a participant of my process. Becoming an actor in it is the quickest way of appreciating my art.

My art consists of multiple facets of social experimentations. Although it’s complex, I’m going to give it a try to dissect it and answer to a frequently question, “What’s your art?”

  1. Experiment in community:

I shape a new community that is the closest to the community by my definition. My community members are loosely connected to one another beyond chronological, geographical, and mental distances. Nevertheless, they will possibly get involved in one another’s critical decision-making process at a turning point in their lives.

2. Experiment in money as energy, currency:

Shifting numerous psychological meanings and connotations attached to money. Opening an alternative channel in which money is dealt differently from the conventional measurement in the capitalistic market (i.e. the equivalent exchange system of labor, socially value-added, and money). Instead, this is an experiment to exchange money with love, trust, and generosity without return, responsibility, obligation, and power dynamics that the money-goods exchange usually causes.

3. Experiment in a working style

Working is living by my definition. To work doesn’t necessarily mean that you are paid. Paid or unpaid? Employed or unemployed? Under contract or under the table? Enough to cover rent and bills or do I have to cover from my own pocket? Such a criteria for choosing a job and everyday behavior is based on the equal (value) exchange system between money and labor. I think and act out of that box. On the other hand, I don’t go for the “without money” thingy. Being anti is not my stuff. I make a decision on my work by fully (at least learning to) optimizing all the data that I can acquire, from scientific hard data and numbers to movement of spirits in elements. As a result, my decision-making process and motivations for actions are more likely different from general human behaviors in the current capitalistic society. Apparently, money influences less my everyday life choices. I expand my capacity to access as much available data as possible in the universe.

4. Experiment in the relation between the body and the mind

Through self-observation, I elucidate a link between the body and the consciousness. Interactions of the two affect which words I choose and which behaviors I select in my daily life. I carefully monitor and analyze differences in physical, physiological, psychological, mental, and cultural influences.

5. Search for the intrinsic nature of human being, as an animal species

What is wildness, instinct, and intuition? What is innately given potential in humans? I discover answers to those questions by being attentive to the finest subtleties of humans’ trivial actions, instead of being engaged in so-called “wild” and “physical” activities such as sports, athletics, and outdoors. The human physicality and intuitions are not limited to a self-sufficient life in countrysides or farming or hunting in woods. Humans use their bodies 24/7 regardless of a kind of activity. We use our bodies during sleep and brain math problems. Athletes and explorers aren’t the only wild and intuitive humans. How can I tap into human wildness and intuitions, which is largely dormant within my body in the post-modern highly developed society?

6. Creating the view on death and life

I internalize my own death and prepare for it intentionally. But, I don’t live with the “If I should die tomorrow” concept. Neither does it please me nor make sense to me. I prefer not living desperately for my life everyday, as if it would end tomorrow. Death is always here. Never leave us alone since our birth. I see it as a positive phenomenon. There is always a possibility where we become the Schrödinger’s cat ourselves in a second. We are walking towards death. To live is to be dying. The first step towards death is taken much earlier than when we recognize it. How do I ready myself for death? I want to grasp the moment of death, be alerted and conscious of death, accept it, and become it. I have no clue how I would die. A disease? An accident? A murder? A suicide? No matter what, I prepare for it every single day, by staying clear and aware of my true nature as a human animal. That’s why I practice Tibetan Bön (Buddhism) dream yoga.

7. Making my life a piece of art (this is the foundation of all my activities)

We generate ideas, expectations, and wishes to our society constantly.  “What if we had such and such a society?” “What if we could do this and that?“  “That would be much more fun than what it is now!”  These ideas formulate ideal views on our life and world. My art is to actualize the ideas. I live up to my philosophy in daily life. It’s the same as painting, building a sculpture, or making a movie. I just don’t utilize a secondary medium in order to crystalize my philosophy. My medium is my everyday life. I don’t attach much importance to “to show” and “to exhibit” my art to the others. It may not be easy for them to comprehend it as art. You can’t see, hear, or touch it as an object. But, I receive money and make my living out of this art (cf. see above: experiment in money as energy and currency). How to breathe, how to walk, how to encounter people, how to choose every and each behavior, how to sustain my life financially, socially, and psychologically, and how to spend every second. In order to make my life a piece of art, it is essential that my body, mind, and soul are always together and that my mind and soul reside in the body happily and consistently. This is the clarity of consciousness. I practice to attain the state of mind by Tibetan dream yoga, which encompasses all levels of consciousness; waking, dreaming, sleeping, and dying.


(少なくとも現代の一般的な)Artの概念、定義にはto see(to be seen)がデフォルトで入っている。To see には何らかのproduct(見る、触れる、鑑賞する対象)が必要になる。私のArtはprocessなので、 processを顕在化させる動詞はなんだろうか。それが明確になれば、コミュニケーションがもっと容易になるだろう。

それはやはり、to live with なのかもしれない。processの中に一緒に入ってもらうしかないのだ。私のコミュニティの定義は「人生の大事な意思決定に何らかの関わりを持つ間柄の人たちが、時間・地理的距離感を越えてゆるやかに繋がっている」だ。これまで沢山のコミュニティをローンチし、デザインし、育ててきたが、プロジェクトやビジネスを達成する「チーム」のままでいてはこの定義を満たすコミュニティにはならない。

だから、生きること、命に関わることに入ってきてもらう枠組みを作ってベルリンにやってきた。それは “life with”だ。Processの参加者、役者になってもらうことがartを鑑賞・堪能することにもなる。そういうArt 。コミュニティとは生きる舞台か。




【お金の実験】資本主義社会の中でお金の意味や価値を変え、市場で換算される労働的価値や社会的付加価値とは違う尺度でお金が流れる、すなわち愛、信頼、寛容さ(love, trust, generosity)によってお金がやり取りされる実験

【働き方の実験】自分の定義する働く、to work, zu arbeiten を実行する。paid or unpaid?  employed or unemployed/under contract or without contract?  enough to pay rent and bills or not enough?  といった基準から賃金との交換で働くのではないやり方。かといって、”without money” というアンチ資本主義ではなく、意思決定方法、物事への動機、思考・行動パターンが従来の資本主義経済での一般的人間行動とは違った形で「働き方」や「仕事」を、一瞬一瞬身体が受け取るあらゆる情報エネルギー(科学的データからスピリットの動きまで)をフル活用して選び取っていく。それは波に乗るのと非常に似ている。