Natural High Festival, Day One, Afternoon

Wandering along the forest path, the next booth I encountered was festooned with indigo tie-dyed clothing. This color has special meaning for me. I named my business Indigo With Stars, as this is my answer to the life path question What Color is Your Parachute? Indigo with stars is how I represent the night sky, which is our constant, visible evidence that we live in an infinite universe. I consider the infinite universe the source of my sustainance, so that is how I chose the name of my business.

So, here, at this booth, I could be clad in a hoodie of indigo with stars!

And henceforth tote my belongings in indigo with stars (and a lotus!)

So, I bought them from these four women (collectively called Toshka) who made these magical indigo garments and sachels.

Next Jun introduced me to his friends, who were selling musical instruments from their booth at the festival. Left to right: Masaomi Ito plays didgeridoo. Teppei Saito makes musical instruments, some of which strain one’s incredulity. Me, happy to meet them all. Aya Uegaki, bead worker.

For instance, here is Teppei’s three-person didgeridoo, being played by Teppei, Masaomi and Aya.

And here is Teppei’s community-sized kalimba with a huge open resonator.

By now, the good folk at Kurkku were wondering when I would ever come and open my booth. So, I borrowed a tie-dyed sheet from my friends at 88 Magazine and set everything up: the Soshisha editions of Living on the Earth and Being of the Sun, the EM Records releases of Music From Living on the Earth and Living in Hawaii Style, my own release of What Living’s All About and my Living on the Earth t-shirts, the catalog and posters for Aya Noguchi’s Living on the Earth clothing line (with the scarf as a sample), a copy of the October 2006 issue of 88 Magazine, open to the interview with me. I’m wearing a festival t-shirt from the Rainbow Festival at Aso Mountain, also printed with the cover of Living on the Earth. In Japan, my dancing goddess is the icon of the Evolution.

Across the road from my booth I could see the pond with its surrounding booths…

…and next to it, a large tent for lectures, where I would do a story and music show the next day. Today my fellow author Sherpa (who I met last year here at Doshi when I lead a weekend workshop) is being interviewed about his backpacking and hiking books. He lives in a homemade house in the woods.

On the side of the festival information booth (next to mine) hung an exhilarating poster for the Kodo Drummers tour.

On the other side of me, the Greenpeace booth offered informational DVDs and books.

Sakaya Matsukawa, the director of the television documentary Setsuko is producing about my work, visited me at my booth. Behind her, the Kurkku booth display of environmentally friendly products, below curtains emblazoned with their logo.

A lovely couple brought me a gift from their artist friend Tomoko Yamada, who had been unable to come to the festival.

She had made me a colorful mobile of satin scraps, felt and cardboard, with messages lettered in acrylic paint, and weighted with pieces of wrapped candy.

At the top, a heart with the greeting, Dear Alicia-san…

On one scrap, her appreciation, which I shamelessly replicate here.

On another, the date and place the piece was made.

And, on a sail at the bottom, more praise and her name. On the back of the sail she wrote Thank You, Alicia. So, I say, Thank You, Tomoko!! I hung it outside my booth as the rainbow of hope it is. I hope I meet you someday, Tomoko.