Gin-yu-shi-sou (吟遊思想)

I bought a new book. Just a glance was enough to make a decision. The title goes, “Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Warum Krieg? -Ein Briefwechsel Mit einem Essay von Isaac Asimov”

“Why War?”

A correspondence between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud contemplates on the biggest and not yet answered question. An essay by Isaac Asimov follows.

The book sets about with Einstein’s memorandum, “Für einem militanten Pazifismus.”

”Es gäbe genug Geld, genug Arbeit, genug zu essen, wenn wir die Reichtümer der Welt richtig verteilen würden, statt uns zu Sklaven starrer Wirtschafts-doktrinen oder -traditionen zu machen. Vor allem aber dürfen wir nicht zulassen, daß unsere Gedanken und Bemühungen von konstruktiver Arbeit abgehalten und für die Vorbereitung eines neuen Krieges mißbraucht werden. Ich bin der gleichen Meinung wie der groß Amerikaner Benjamin Franklin, der sagte, es hat niemals einen guten Krieg und niemals einen schlechten Frieden gegeben.”

“For an militant Pacifism”

“There would be enough money, enough work, and enough to eat, if we were to properly share the riches of the world, instead of making us slaves of rigid economic doctrines or traditions. First of all, we may not let our thoughts and efforts of constructive work prevented and misused for the preparation for a new war. I am in the same opinion with the great American, Benjamin Franklin, who said, there has never been a good war and a bad peace.”

The question is always there. Never leaves us. I came to Berlin with the same one that Einstein addressed. My experiment is a trial to find out an answer that makes sense at least to me: circulating love and money on the same scale,  making love and trust as an well-accepted currency in the market, and letting human potential abound, that our species intrinsically possess.

I believe that art will become the pillar of the next economic paradigm. This insight steers me to move here and make an experimental art. I coin a word to describe my current way of living: “Gin-yu-shi-sou” (吟遊思想)。  Shi-sou means thoughts and ideas. Gin-yu comes from the word, “Gin-yu-shi-jin” (吟遊詩人),  which means “Bard” or “Minstrel.”  In Japanese, it’s also named  巡遊伶人.

Values and Powers attached to “Money” and “Work”

I do what I want each day to the extent that I can offer and serve for a day. I pour as much energy as I’m meant to for a day since the sun breaks darkness until the eyelids are shut and invite another darkness. The just perfect amount of responsibility is exerted day by day. No exceeds. No scarce. This is how I work.  It is one angle of multi-dimensional truth that I have luxury of such a working style because neither on the payroll nor contract am I. Professionalism isn’t bound to Money.

Money raises expectations that we get from others and puts extra responsibility upon our shoulders, which is actually crucial for us to act socially, behave conscientiously, gain credibility, and proceed with maturity.

On the other hand, absence of such expectations, responsibility, and obligations extra-added by money allows me not to be in a haste but free from overloaded stress and pressure, and gives me ample time and space for completely resting the body, mind, and heart everyday. As a result, I’m highly alerted in every moment and aware of my breathe, postures, muscles on the face, and clench of the teeth. It is In this state of consciousness that I can give full presence to people around me. Mindfully I catch what is expected “right now,” which isn’t written in a document or specified in a conversation. Perfectly in line with my philosophy of living and dying. Stretching myself at the just about right length. Working gracefully like drawing an arch of the crescent.

Living a life is to work. Working is to fully maximize one’s capacity, use up all the functions that we are intrinsically equipped, then dying. Why not are our lives as simple as this: go to sleep after exhausting all you have for a day until the sunshine wakes you up? It’s fun to earnestly develop strategies and tactics to produce value-added, increase marketability and yield big outcomes. Beautiful stories are often bi-products of economic success. It’s seductive to reach to and go beyond the extreme. I like it also. But, if we are always required to exceeds our limit every day and night, and if society blindly conventionally force its citizens to do so, then we eventually fail to keep up and overwhelm.

When an individual is overloaded, it is no wonder that the society that contains such individuals become overloaded. This is where we have been over decades, I reckon. On this planet, there are more and more people who are extremely overwhelmed yet sadly too dull to be aware of own wounds and shackles. Consequently, many countries and governments are chocked up and suffocated, aren’t they?

We need to shed lights on and redefine the following:

1)The values and power we attach to money.

2)The extent of responsibility pertaining to ourselves that we are expected to exert based on the values added to money.

3)The extent of responsibility pertaining to others that we are expected to exert based on the values added to money.

4)Our cognitive behaviors that are automatically generated by blindly reacting to the responsibility that money sets to us.

5)Our psychological processes that are automatically generated by blindly reacting to the responsibility that money sets to us.










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Cicadas, as Nymphs, live underground for as long as 3-17 years. This is an Incredibly long time to stay dormant in soil, waiting to be soaked up in sunshine, only if we see Cicadas’ life from our perspective with a sense of time that human cognition holds. Do Cicadas think, “oh man…. this is hella long…. when on earth can I get out of the darkness and become a Cicada?” ? Probably not. No evidence, but at least I don’t think so. Cicadas perhaps don’t even know the difference in length of time between the 7-year Nymph period and the 7-day Cicada period. I assume that their sense of time is different from ours, or they don’t have, so to speak, a sense of time at all. Therefore, I reckon, 7 or 17 or whatsoever years of their underground life is actually “the same” as 7 days of their sunny life. They are simply Nymphs when they are Nymphs. They are Cicadas when they are Cicadas. There isn’t such a thing as a short time or a long time. No comparison because there is no concept of time that we construct (I believe). Nymphs don’t bear a long and severe “sleeping” time for multiple years and long for being a full Cicada form. No waiting. No craving. The stages of Nymph, incomplete metamorphosis and Cicadas are all the same to them. When time comes, they change. They don’t get bothered. When they die after several days as Cicadas, they don’t regret, “Damn, this was too short despite my Nymph period!!”

This is actually amazing! No dissatisfaction of wanting to be something different. No frustration of being pended. No sorrow of being too short. A total paradigm shift of notion of time. I’ll live on the Cicadas’ time concept from now on. It will take a while to shift my cognitive process of time. But, eventually I will get there. Freeing myself from time.


バーニングマンでは商業活動(バーニングマンオフィシャルが運営するセンターキャンプカフェと、バイタルな氷販売以外)が禁止されている。一方で、フェスティバルに参加するためには高いチケットを買い、砂漠で生き抜くための食料やシェルターを全部準備しなければならないので多額のお金がかかる。この二律背反は批判の対象によくなるのだけど、私はこれでいいのだと思っている。ブラックロックシティという都市を毎年1週間だけ作り、商業活動ではない別のエコノミーを実践する、その「習わし」を毎年踏襲することが大事なのだ。芸術作品は永続性があるかないかで価値が決まるわけではない。365日持続していなければ意味がないわけではない。リチュアルには機能がある。限られた時間だけでも試していくことが重要だ。その体験から得られたマインドは、回を重ねるごとに徐々に普段の行動を侵略していく。Positive Infection.














Embodying my Life as Art in the Selfmade City

Last Saturday, I participated in Flow Game. It’s invented by Danish who, I suppose, are involved in the Art of Hosting community. Flow Game is a game to “question your question.” It’s a profound quest for who you are and how you are. Players of the game are asked to ponder deeply and craft a “right-on” question that they can carry with and reflect upon at times. A question that matters not only in the present but also in the future. The question guides you to walk through an unclear path. The question prompts you to take the lead. The question helps you to sit back and take a deep breath.

Flow Game

The game was facilitated by Mary Alice. We worked together in 2011 in Japan. When the triple disasters hit the country, my friends and colleagues got a strong urge to offer space where young doers and leaders came together, expressed out themselves, nurture personal leadership, and build a community. Mary was one of the guest facilitators. One program we did based on her idea is still memorable. All the participants circled around a camp fire and confessed what to take away and what to let go off. We threw away in the fire a piece of paper where what to let go off was written. A powerful initiation that we desperately needed in the mist of abyss.

So. What is my question?

Two things immediately come into my mind: Room hunting (WG) and visa application. These are rather tasks than questions. Practical and superficial in a sense, but very urgent and important, and greatly linked with my intention to live in Berlin. Without such admin procedures, I’m not eligible to stay here in the long term.

To find my question, I keep thinking why I want to live here.

It’s because I want to make my life a piece of art. I believe that everyday life is art work. I don’t professionally paint or make sculptures. I’m neither a musician nor a digital media creator. How I lead a life, how I build relationships with people, how I work, what I say, what I write, how I love,,, all the things are my art. I hope to draw and curve beautiful lines of life.

While living in Japan, I created a profession for myself: Communication Process Designer, simply because I didn’t find any job or position that exactly fit my value systems. (I should write more about the concept and application of Communication Process Designer in another post;)) Basically, CPD is a lens that enables you to grasp all social phenomena in terms of human interaction. Communication is the smallest unit/particle of human activities, whether in family matters, work settings, school, or art scenes. Hence, designing each and every path of communication yields what you do, what you have, and how you are in life.

With the background of Organizational Psychology, my major experiment was to make a new theory of organization (it’s still going on.) The way that human beings flock into a group and form an organization to achieve larger goals and higher purposes. How do we do so? Is the current way working? What is an alternative way? What suits more to my philosophy? For the past four years, with allies, I kneaded my hypotheses and tried out to design multiple communities where new type of organizations (teams) and working styles emerged.

When you think of organization design and individual working styles, you can’t avoid facing the bigger systems such as theories of economics, laws, and polotics. Economics especially drew my attention. Organization studies were tied into economics since most of them started from measuring work efficiency (how to get tasks done) in the industrial fields. Indeed, in the present, majority of “hot” theories around corporate management and organizational development is influenced with “common knowledge” of business. Nevertheless, I kinda left it out and concentrated on purely designing a smaller scale of organizations (team and community) at that time, while always questioning the current economic systems, what worked and what didn’t.

But, time has come to begin a different experiment that allows me to explore even further. The experiment of organization, community, individual life, and socio–cultural-economic systems. My focus is now shifted to life as a whole. Specifically, to set about, I intend to address an alternative way of exchanging money with other stuff in capitalism and rational exchange economy (*I’m not an expert in Economics and might be wrong in using terminology in English…Excuse me!) To simply put, what I’m doing now is to exchange money with love and trust without ROI, obligations, benefits, expectations, promises, etc. The mainstream of usage of money is fine. Good! I have no objection to it. BUT, it’s weird to me that money can be exchanged only in a certain manner. In other words, we can “earn” money (almost) only for what is marketable and profitable in the current economic system. In my opinion, however, money should be able to be circulated into other places thoroughly in the eco-system. Why don’t we equivalently exchange money with love and trust?

I form a group of people who willingly and heartedly give away money to me so that I can live a life in Berlin. They truly want me to be myself, purely express myself. 22 people join so far and collective money reaches to over 2,500,000 JPY. We observe our behaviors and emotions that arouse through the experiment as the givers or the recipient, and discuss it, monitor it, and attempt to understand what the heck we are doing. All we know is that this money is a gift. They trust and love me. I trust and love them.

What will I do with all the money?

I will weave art pieces out of my life.

Why Berlin?

Because Berlin is known as the city made by its people and has freedom to be how you want to be. The notion of social sculpture has sprouted here. Everybody is part of making up the city by making up own life.

By the way, it’s not me but my friend who came up with an idea that I could be a social sculptor. I’m constantly being re-defined by my folks. Even if I have no clue who I am, the others do, sometimes. And Berlin will surely redefine myself and my community, while we play a role of making the city, we wish!

Also. My question is

How to invite Berlin to support me in fully embodying my life as a piece of art?