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Michio Kushi Memorial Service Speeches – Masao Kushi

May 17, 2015

This post is part of a series presenting full transcripts of speeches given at the Michio Kushi Memorial Service in Boston on January 31, 2015.

Michio's brother, Masao Kushi, speaks about Michio in his younger years

Michio’s brother, Masao Kushi, prepares to speak about Michio in his younger years


My name is Masao Kushi, brother of Michio Kushi.  I am nine years younger than Michio and I live in Tokyo, Japan.  I came here to represent the family, Kushi Family in Japan, and to pray for Michio.

I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to all you who are present here today.  Some of you have come here far from Europe, Central or South America, Japan and other areas.  I’d like to express special thanks to you.

On this occasion, I’d like to tell you some of my memories of him in his early twenties years old when he was a university student and still lived in Japan.

The first one is: What influenced his strong interest in world peace?  I have many times heard him saying “world federal government” and “world peace”. These words came from his experience as a witness to the destruction of the World War Second.  While he was not dispatched overseas but he was drafted in the military as an army soldier when he served near Hiroshima until the end of the war in Japan.

On his way back to Tokyo he saw the complete destruction in Hiroshima caused by the Atomic Bomb and other major cities completely destroyed by constant air bombing.  This was the reason he began seeking out the ways to create world peace through the world government activities.

Michio's parents in 1965

Michio’s parents in 1965

One second memory is when he was twenty three years old in 1949 on the day he left Japan for America. Together with our parents, we took Michio to the Yokohama Sea Port.  At that time there was no airplane service and people crossed the ocean by boat taking several weeks.  At the moment before he got on the boat, our father turned to him and said, “Once you get to America, never think of Japan.  Stay there as long as you can. Be the soil on America.”

Then our mother, who loved him more than anyone else said, “You are no longer my son, Michio.  You are a son of the world.  Do what the world want you to do.”

Then our mother, who loved him more than anyone else said, “You are no longer my son, Michio.  You are a son of the world.  Do what the world want you to do.”

Since then, more than seventy years has passed. As all of you have observed, Michio has saved and improved many people mentally and physically through his activities.  He has always been supported and helped by many people like you who are present here today.

I am very proud of Michio and his family and also respect people who are always with him. I sincerely hope the young generation who are interested in the macrobiotic way of life will continue his legacy to keep Michio’s spirit alive in the future.  Thank you very much.

Michio Kushi Memorial Service Speeches

May 17, 2015


It has been over three months now since the Memorial Service for our father, Michio Kushi, on Saturday, January 31 and during this time we have been working on finalizing the full video recording of the event with Jim Brown and his team.  The video will soon be made available on DVD initially to all donors of the Memorial Fund and then later on the website for free online viewing. Meanwhile, I have prepared full transcripts of the speeches and share them here on this blog as a preview to all interested.  Attended by several hundred persons from around the world, the two and a half hour Service began at 2pm with John Denver’s song, “What One Man Can Do” followed by a welcome by my brother, Lawrence Haruo Kushi. Subsequent speeches are in following posts. Transcripts for these speeches are kept as close to the actual speeches given in order to retain the unique flavor and nuance of each speaker. Comments surrounded by brackets “[]” have been added by me for clarity.

JOHN DENVER SONG “What One Man Can Do”
I suppose that there are those
Who’ll say he had it easy
Had it made in fact
Before he’d even begun
But they don’t know the things I know
I was always with him
It may sound strange
We were more than friends
It’s hard to tell the truth
When no one wants to listen
When no one really cares
What’s going on
And it’s hard to stand alone
When you need someone beside you
Your spirit and your faith
Must be strong
What one man can do is dream
What one man can do is love
What one man can do is change the world
And make it young again
Here you see what one man can do
As shaded as his eyes might be
That’s how bright his mind is
That’s how strong his love
For you and me
A friend to all the universe
Grandfather of the future
Everything I would like to be
What one man can do is dream
What one man can do is love
What one man can do is change the world
And make it new again
Here you see what one man can
What one man can do is dream
What one man can do is love
What one man can do is change the world
And make it work again
Here you see what one man can do


Haruo Kushi welcomes guests to Memorial Service

Haruo Kushi welcomes guests to the Memorial Service


Good afternoon and welcome to the celebration of my father, Michio Kushi’s life.  Thank you for coming here to the Arlington Street Church from all corners of the globe.  It’s great to see old friends and new ones both and the gathering of family to join us in this celebration this afternoon.

“We consider all of you to be part of our extended family”

As that song just expressed by John Denver – “What one man can do” – my father can do is dream and his dream has inspired all of us, I think, to do the best that we can in our own personal lives. I want to thank everybody for being part of our large family.  You’ll get to meet many of his immediate blood relatives today and this afternoon but I want everybody to recognize that we consider all of you to be part of our extended family and we’re really grateful that you’ve been able to come here today and be with us and to celebrate and honor the life of my father.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, just a little bit of words about the Arlington Street Church itself just so you understand the significance in my parent’s life and the macrobiotic community but way back when, you know, the dawn of the Boston macrobiotic community, my father would come here and actually give lectures.  There is a room back behind us that he started in and in the function room in the basement we held many holiday parties hosted, for example, by Ronald Koetzsch, who is sitting on the side over there, and attended by many people who are here.  So it holds that type of significance.

The Back Bay area as well that we’re in, right next door at 359 Boylston Street was where the East West Foundation offices were held and classrooms.  And then if you walk down Newbury Street at 303b that was where the Erewhon Retail Store first started before it moved down a couple blocks to 342 Newbury Street. And at 272A was where the Sanae Restaurant started, the first macrobiotic restaurant in Boston.  So, anyway this whole area holds special significance and we’re glad that you could be here with us today.

So, the John Denver song, as I mentioned and you can see in the program – my father – he [John] performed it several times in the Boston area and he dedicated the song to my father.  It was written originally for Buckminster Fuller who was also a good friend of John Denver’s but I think many of the words and the sentiment really expresses the spirit of what my father’s life was about.

So thank you and we’ll move on to the program.

Video Tibutes to Michio Kushi

February 4, 2015

A number of persons have put together their own individual videos in memory of Michio Kushi in conjunction with the Memorial Service that was held on January 31, 2015 in Boston.  They are listed below.  We encourage and invite others whom may be so moved, to create and add their own videos.  Thank you so much to all of you.





Full Text of Dennis Kucinich’s speech at the Michio Kushi Memorial Service

February 3, 2015
DennisKucinich and Michio 2004

Dennis Kucinich and Michio Kushi at Michio’s home in Brookline in 2004

Former US Congressman and Presidential Candidate, Dennis Kucinich, interrupted his busy schedule and flew to Boston for just a few hours to offer his condolences and appreciation for Michio Kushi at Michio’s Memorial Service on January 31, 2015.  Below is the full text of  his speech which he posted on his Facebook page here.

I first met Michio Kushi thirty years ago when he and Aveline made an extraordinary presentation about diet and nutrition at a church in the Cleveland area. Their insight about the relationship between physiognomy and health and dietary habits regaled the audience with the consequences of literally becoming what you eat, if you ate a lot of chicken, meat, pork and other animal products.

You could see people in the audience squirming in the nakedness of the anthropomorphic implications of appetites , speculating about the diet of the stranger sitting next to them, imagining human beings presenting subtly as barnyard animals . It was a moment of high humor worthy of James Thurber’s A Thurber Carnival, where animals acquired human traits.

Michio and Aveline had made their point: You are what you eat, so take care.

Michio Kushi, perhaps better than anyone in the last century, understood the transformational and the redemptive power of food, its relationship to personal health, environmental integrity and world peace. His East-West apostolate was a commitment to the transcendent power immanent in every moment, the communion of spirit and matter, yin and yang, which made of the partaking of food a holy sacrament of divine nourishment of the temple of self.

Michio Kushi understood the condition of inner harmony of mind, body and spirit arrived at through a macrobiotic diet came from a quickening of vibration and light as the substance of food united with the person consuming it. Knowing that what is innermost becomes outermost, Michio Kushi took the theory of the unity of matter to a higher spiritual expression, that of human unity, that we are all one, interdependent, interconnected across an infinity of time and space.

The potential for human unity came from each individual taking responsibility for his or her own health, pursuing the diet of a compassionate, non-violent harvest, respecting, preserving all which inhabit the natural world from harm and so achieving the reconciliation with the natural world which the philosopher Thomas Berry said is the great work of our lives.

The great work of Michio Kushi’s life was to raise the consciousness of the world about the power of food, the essentiality of dietary choices, the path toward health which strengthens the body and liberates the spirit.

At this moment in human history where the biosphere is threatened by short-sighted agricultural policies which selfishly waste precious water resources, poison the land, befoul the air, pollute gene pools, it is the gentle spirit of Michio Kushi, which can lead us back towards a Garden Eden filled with fruits, vegetables and grains from the cornucopia of life, where all are fed and all live in harmony, and thus we can turn the myth of the Fall of Man into an At-One-Ment, a celebration of return to Grace, the achievement of Enlightenment – – One Peaceful World.

This was the vision of Michio Kushi, now it is his legacy, to be resurrected to help save the planet from destruction with regenerative agriculture, agro-ecological principles, plant-based diets and the abolition of war..

We who were privileged to share a day or blessed to share a lifetime with Michio knew his genius rested upon simplicity of thinking, of personal habit, of living, of eating. His gift for clarity enabled breakthrough thinking which accelerated evolutionary thought in human health, ushering in new insights into medicine and healing.

Michio Kushi’s philosophy and writings helped to make what was once called Alternative Medicine, mainstream. His partnership with Alex Jack produced world-acclaimed texts on disease prevention and the achievement of total health, principles which are now a bedrock of integrative medicine.

Michio’s message was not simply about the wholeness of food, it was about the wholeness of life: You do not have to suffer, you can live, enjoy a long life, and be happy. For some this may seem cliché, but for Michio Kushi, the attainment of health, happiness and inner peace was in fact the goal of life, as was love, the love of his family, especially his beloved life partner and wife, Aveline.

When Aveline passed, Michio faced a great crisis because his love was no longer with him on his journey. His health suffered. His vital energy waned. Then he met Midori. He was revitalized, summoned back to life. Through Midori he reclaimed his own spark of light and love, which he carried forth to his final days.

In 1999, I had the honor of welcoming Michio and Aveline Kushi to Washington, DC, at the celebration of the acquisition of their collection by the Smithsonian. A few days later, I introduced Michio Kushi to a major committee of the House of Representatives where he testified how a macrobiotic diet could be a powerful therapy for women suffering from certain types of cancer.

He added, joyfully, disease prevention or recovery could be enhanced by singing a happy song, every day, like “You are My Sunshine.”

Let us take his wisdom, and at this moment call forth the expressive power of his joy. Please join me, if you wish, in singing a few lines from Michio’s happy song, “You are My Sunshine.”

“You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine,

You make me happy,

When skies are grey.

You’ll never know dear,

How much I love you,

Please don’t take

My sunshine away.”

Our lives will forever be warmed by the mere thought of you, dear Michio.

We abide in your light and your light abides in us.

Thank you. Dennis Kucinich

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Michio Kushi Memorial Services and Reception Update

January 18, 2015

Michio Kushi (May 17, 1926 - December 28, 2014)

We invite you to attend Michio Kushi’s Memorial Service to celebrate his life and influence. The Memorial Service will be held at:

2:00 PM, Saturday, January 31st
Arlington Street Church
Corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets
Boston, Massachusetts

A reception will follow at:

Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

The Marriott Hotel is located about five blocks from Arlington Street Church.

If you plan on attending the Memorial Service and/or reception, please RSVP on the website. This will provide a way for us to track attendees for space and catering purposes.

To help defray the costs of the Memorial and reception, we are gratefully accepting donations sent via PayPal to “”. If you prefer not to use PayPal, please contact and we will contact you with further information.


Invitation For Your Video Messages in Memory of Michio Kushi

January 11, 2015


As part of the January 31st Memorial Service for Michio Kushi in Boston we invite anyone interested to create a short video recording and message and upload it to Youtube.  Please use the keyword “MichioKushiMemorial” in the video description and add a link to it in the comment section below. We will then compile these videos and try to show them at the Memorial Service in Boston on January 31.

If you are unable to attend the Memorial Services then recording a video message may allow your message to be included.  Even if you do plan on attending a recording will help preserve your message for the future.

Thank you in advance
Kushi Family

Michio Kushi’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Boston

January 9, 2015

Michio Kushi (May 17, 1926 - December 28, 2014)
Michio Kushi’s Memorial Service will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Arlington Street Church has special meaning and was chosen because it was one of the first venues where Michio regularly gave free lectures in the 1960s.

Time of service, details about the reception and information on how to contribute to a memorial fund will be posted at the website as soon as possible.

If you plan on attending the Memorial Service and/or reception, please take a moment and RSVP online using this form: Michio Kushi Memorial Registration Form. This will help us to better plan for the event.

Thank you for your patience as we plan a beautiful celebration to honor Michio’s life.