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Leza Lowitz

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I'm a California girl living in Tokyo, where I write and run a yoga studio. For over two decades, I've been charting my quest in twenty books in many genres. I hope I'm just getting started.

I’m interested in ideas of identity and history. How is culture shaped, and how are we shaped by it? All of my books deal with notions of finding home.

"Up from the Sea," my debut Young Adult novel in verse about the March 11, 2011 Japan tsunami, is just out from Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House. It's about making a home within yourself when the only home you've ever known is destroyed. Named a #1 YA pick by BUZZFEED:http://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/ya...

My memoir, "In Search of the Sun" charts my quest for motherhood across two
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Up From the Sea

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Here Comes the Sun: A Journ...

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Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By

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Green Tea to Go: Stories fr...

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Other Side River: Free Verse

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100 Aspects of the Moon

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Virtuous Heart by Leza Lowitz
"Excellent collection of twelve Buddhist stories. An inspiration read. The author frames up the stories nicely and the illustrations are great. Well worth the read."
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"This is a lovely book. Each story seems so simple yet with each reading another layer of teachings are revealed. Beautiful!"
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"A moving personal journey and a must read for transracial adoptees and the adoptive parents of transracial adoptees. "
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"Because of the poetry format this is a quick read but well worth your time. This is a personal perspective of a biracial teen in Japan at the time of the Tsunami and its aftermath. "
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“Down on my knees / I peel back the layers of the world.”
Leza Lowitz, Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold by

“If you weren't scared,
you wouldn't be human,
you wouldn't be brave."

"What do you mean?" I ask.

"If you were fearless,
you wouldn't
need to overcome it.

Bravery means being scared
and going forward
anyway," Fia says.
"That's courage.”
Leza Lowitz, Up From the Sea

“Like the best convenience store in the world, / the mind is always open.”
Leza Lowitz, Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections

“To the woman in the restaurant today, the doll in her arms was the real child who still lived in her memories.”
Shogo Oketani, J-Boys: Kazuo's World, Tokyo, 1965

“From New Year's Eve through the third of January, the streets of Tokyo grew quiet, as if all the people had disappeared.”
Shogo Oketani, J-Boys: Kazuo's World, Tokyo, 1965

“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Many of us imagine carrying out dramatic changes in impoverished places, but few have the patience for the small, time-consuming, and seemingly endless details that make it possible.”
Deni Y. Bechard

“The wind blew stronger. Masakichi had to walk into its resistance, but his pace did not slow. The further he went, the faster he moved, soundlessly and forcefully. The earth smelled like rain. He had to find a way out. Alive.

His grandfather Jinzaemon had taught him how to find a straight path, even in the wind. Jinzaemon was born in 1848, twenty years before Japan first opened its doors to the West. He had taught Masakichi all about ninjutsu. “If you want to go straight against the wind, find a path in its folds and pass through it,” he had said, al- though he’d never actually taught his grandson how to find it. Still, Masakichi had begged him.

“Even if I teach you where the path is, you won’t be able to see it because the wind is always changing. If I show you the path in the wind one minute, the wind will shift and the path will disappear the next.”

“Then how do I find it?” Masakichi had asked, worried he’d never be able to do it.

“You must find it anew each time,” his grandfather smiled. “The only way to see the path in the wind is to become the wind itself.”
Leza Lowitz Shogo Oketani, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind




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