Welcome to the Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park website. We are group of students, friends and admirers of Aveline Kushi, who was the mother of the natural food movement, pioneer macrobiotic cooking teacher, and promoter of world peace and health. We are creating a memorial park in the beautiful mountains of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and invite you to contribute toward making this dream a reality.
We are asking each of you to honor Aveline’s memory, and her legacy, by supporting the creation of the Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park. The Park is one way to make tangible our appreciation for all that Aveline meant, and continues to mean, to us.
Through the Park, we can make a unified statement on behalf of the dissolution of artificial boundaries and the belief that in growing, preparing, and eating whole nourishing foods together we can create a world of enduring health and peace.
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Aveline Peace Park Phase 1 Completed
The initial phase of the Aveline Peace Park was completed early this autumn with the installation of a large granite rock with a memorial plaque to Aveline Kushi.
The plaque reads: “Aveline Tomoko Kushi, February 27, 1923 – July 3, 2001. Loving Mother, Pioneer of the Natural Foods and Macrobiotic Movement, and Bright, Shining Princess of the Ricefields. Your Dream of One Peaceful World Lives On in the Lives of Your Family, Students, and Future Generations.”
Aveline founded Erewhon, the pioneer natural foods store, in the early 1960s and was instrumental in convincing farmers in the U.S. to grow organic brown rice. She was born and grew up in Yokota, a small village in central Japan whose name means “By the Side of the Ricefield.”
According to the Kojiki, the ancient chronicle of Japan, Yokota was the mythological site where a beautiful maiden, the daughter of the ruler, was abducted by an 8-headed dragon. Susanowo, the Wind God who had been exiled to earth, heard about her plight. He set out 8 cups of sake in a big circle, and soon the monstrous beast was drunk. Susanowo slew the dragon and freed the people from bondage, and the sword became the national treasure of Japan. He then married the princess of the ricefields, whose name was Kushi Inada Hime, and they introduced rice and other foods, as well as the arts and culture, to Japan. Like a modern day Princess Kushi, Aveline and her husband Michio brought healthy foods, arts, and teachings to modern society.
Aveline was laid to rest in a large traditional mound on the Kushi property. Next to her is a smaller mound with the ashes of her daughter and a plaque that reads: “Lillian Midori Kushi, July 20, 1953 – January 8, 1995. Beautiful Daughter and Sister, Composer, Musician, Artist. Playing with Boundless Dream and High Spirits. East Meets West.”
The core area around the memorial stones was leveled and filled in with gravel as part of the initial stage of the memorial park.
Phase 2 will include creation of a wildflower meadow, a variety of benches and tables, a Torii gateway, and a small rice paddy. Donations for this stage are gratefully appreciated and may be made by clicking here.
K.I. students, staff, and visitors have already started to enjoy the park. In mid-October, Lynn Chittick, an associate of Aveline’s and a holistic nurse in the San Francisco area, led a group of participants from the Leadership Training Program and the Way to Health Program in prayers and chanting at the site.
We hope this letter finds you in the best of spirits. Some of you reading this letter knew Aveline Kushi personally. You might have been fortunate enough to have attended cooking classes taught by Aveline during her decades of travels around the gobe. Others of you were practicing macrobiotics while Aveline was alive and benefited from her groundbreaking cookbooks and cooking classes taught by one or more of her thousands of students. Others still, perhaps relatively new to macrobiotics, realize and appreciate that Aveline's teachings have influenced generations of cooking teachers and students who have directly impacted our health and the health of our friends and loved ones; and you, in turn, might be influencing the health of others.
In short, there probably isn't anyone reading this letter who has not benefited, in countless ways, from Aveline's devotion to creating a more healthy and peaceful planet through the understanding of macrobiotics.
In the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts, where Aveline taught during the last decades of her life, a beautiful Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park is being created. The Kushi family has graciously offered to donate land adjacent to the Kushi Institute, where Aveline is buried, for this purpose. The Park will include a memorial to Aveline amid a peaceful grove of trees, stones, shrubs, and native wildflowers with the addition of a water element in the form of a pool or fountain. The Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park is envisioned as a quiet, meditative place for students of the Kushi Institute, residents of Berkshire County, and friends and visitors from around the world. Aveline's daughter Lilly Midori, who was a talented composer and who passed away several years before her mother, will also be remembered at the site. We also envision using that space, in collaboration with the Kushi Institute in Becket and others, to hold regular events to promote issues that were near and dear to Aveline's heart: world peace, planetary health, children's health.
We are asking each of you to honor Aveline's memory, and her legacy, by supporting the creation of the Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park. The Park is one way to make tangible our appreciation for all that Aveline meant, and continues to mean, to us.
Site of the Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park
Imagine . . .
Members of our international macrobiotic community contributing toward the concept of a peace park based on brother- and sisterhood, mutual respect, the dissolution of artificial political boundaries, and the belief that by growing and preparing nourishing foods we can together build the foundation upon which we create enduring health and peace . . . everything Aveline stood for and worked toward: One Peaceful World.
The creation of the Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park depends entirely upon the generosity of your donations, and any amount will be deeply appreciated. The donations we receive will determine the scope of the Park. We will also be acknowledging the names of donors, and countries of origin, on this web site, as well as announce regular events.
Countless individuals and families have been touched by Aveline's spirit. Through the Park and ongoing activities that embody her dream, we can ensure that her pioneering efforts not only take root and continue to flourish in the rocky soil of New England, but also inspire new generations worldwide.
The Aveline Kushi Memorial Peace Park Committee* and Friends of the Peace Park
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