Masako Kusakari is on a mission. She wants to bring more laughter to Japan.
Masako & Allen Klein April 2013 at AATH
“My mission is to help Japanese people lighten up and enjoy conversation using humor. Many Japanese people take things too seriously,” says Masako. “I think if we learn to be more playful, we can enjoy life more.”
Masako lives in Yokohama City, the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo. Several months ago, Masako’s husband got her the best selling book The Healing Power of Humor by Allen Klein – translated in Japanese.
I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. — Bob Hope
Joel L. Schwartz, M.D. The Stress Less Shrink
Before you look down your nose on a clown nose…
It’s important to realize that therapeutic humor is a valuable tool to help others.
Think of those who battle cancer and chronic illness, nurse patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury, comfort the dying, care for a parent with Alzheimer’s, cope with the death of a son in a car accident, deal with the legacy of alcoholic parents, struggle with the aftermath of rape, miscarriages, teenage suicide. ARRGH! Unfortunately, “Pain and Suffering” is a reality show playing in all of our neighborhoods.
Hard to believe, but I’m told some people stress out over a lost earring (not me!) or a missed plane (never!) or (God forbid!) a lousy internet connection. (Can you hear me? Is this working?)
This review is from: Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (Io) (Paperback)
Exit Laughing is a fascinating anthology. It lovingly takes on the subject of death with grace, courage, and (thank God!) humor. It’s this celebration of laughter, even in dying and death, that makes the book so remarkable. The essays are poignant, funny, and memorable. They demonstrate the life-affirming power of humor. A great collection edited by Victoria Zackheim.