I was born in Tokyo, raised in rural Japan (Minami Uonuma), Hawaii, Osaka, California, and the jungle of Costa Rica. I consider Earth my home. After the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA and subsequent US invasions, I began to engage with issues of war, structural violence, intergenerational justice, agroecology and sustainability, while attending the University of California Santa Cruz. I became the co-chair for the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP), a radical educational experiment that collaborated with world-class sustainability leaders such as Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, and Frances Moore Lappe. ESLP facilitated institutional change through student empowerment and participatory action research. I founded Tokyo Urban Permaculture as an experiment to fundamentally transform the culture and politics of Tokyo, after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in 2011 and now teach permaculture, nonviolent communication, mindfulness, systems thinking, social change and about the gift economy (gift ecology) around the world.
Kai is a nonviolence activist and permaculture practitioner