In Search of the Sun: One Woman's Quest to Find Family in Japan (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/9/4
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A new EAT, PRAY, LOVE.Graceful Passages At 30, Californian Leza Lowitz is single and travelling the world, which suits her just fine. Coming of age in Berkeley, California, during the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1960s, she learned that marriage and family could wait. Or could they? Then she moved to Japan and met the man of her dreams, and her heart opened in ways she never thought possible. And when she approached 40--the same age her own mother had left the family behind to find herself --Lowitz yearned for a child. In a reverse trajectory of her own mothers life, Lowitz sought to heal the wounds that had kept motherhood at bay. As her healing took her from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York and Tokyo, with spiritual quests in India on the way, Lowitz came to a deeper understanding of what motherhood means. She went from doing her yoga practice for herself to opening a yoga studio in Tokyo and fostering a community. Then, at 44, she sought to adopt a child in Japan, where bloodlines are paramount and family ties are almost feudal in their cultural importance. She unearthed lessons from a Jewish childhood and married them to an adulthood spent with Zen and Yoga in Japan. Though raised in Berkeley, one of the most diverse and progressive places in the world, Lowitz settles in Japan, one of the most outwardly homogenous and socially staid." In Search of the Sun" is the story of what Lowitz learned from both worlds. Its the story of how she conquered her fears, blasted through inner and outer limits, and became the mother shed never thought shed be. And when the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit Japan, the disasters reinforce what shed come to know by then: that the only true home is the one we make within ourselves. We think we know where babies come from, but do we know how a mother is born? "In Search of the Sun" is a wise and compelling story of becoming a mother by opening your heart. Warm, luminous and healing.Karen Maezen Miller, author of "Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood"
Leza Lowitz is a best-selling author who lives in Japan with her husband and their son. She owns Sun and Moon Yoga, a popular yoga studio in Tokyo, and travels around the world to teach yoga, mindfulness, and writing workshops. Lowitz has published 20 books, most recently a young adult novel, "Up from the Sea" (Crown/Penguin Random House, 2016), a memoir about her quest for motherhood across two continents, to decades, and two thousand yoga poses, "In Search of the Sun," and an epic YA adventure novel about a female ninja, "Jet Black & the Ninja Wind." Her awards include the APALA Asian American Award for Young Adult Literature, an SCBWI Multicultural Literature work-in-progress Honor, a PEN fiction Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the California Arts Council, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Translation Award from Columbia University. Four of Lowitz's books have been #1 best-sellers on amazon. Her classic "Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By," has been translated into four languages, and is one of the highest-selling poetry books on amazon. She has also co-authored a popular book on Sanskrit, "Sacred Sanskrit Words," with Reema Datta. Lowitz has presented at the Bali Spirit Festival, the UBUD Writer's Festival in Bali, the Sharjah International Book Fair (UAE), the Hong Kong International Book Fair, the AWP Conference, Yogafest Japan, Yoga Aid Japan, Organic Life Tokyo Festival, Yoga Life Nagoya, and the Japan Writers Conference.