Would you please tell us something about you and your site?
Yes, my name is Phiya Kushi. I am 50 years old and I am one of four sons of Michio and Aveline Kushi, pioneers of the macrobiotic and natural foods movements. I was born in New York City and I grew in the Boston area. Throughout my life I have worked in areas that involve macrobiotics from food business, restaurants to educational activities. I have devoted my life to the development of humanity toward greater peace, health, happiness and freedom through macrobiotic principles of change, “non-credo” and infinite gratitude.
I have two websites. One is a personal blog for me to share thoughts and ideas that can hopefully give others inpiration toward finding great health and happiness. The address for my personal blog is http://phiyakushi.wordpress.com. The other is a business website for Kushi Publishing, Inc. and the web address is http://www.kushipublishing.com. Over the year, my parents have written many books, taught many lectures and produced volumes of information, some of which have never been released. Kushi Publishing is planning to release and re-release these materials via the internet.
I have adopted my parents mission, which was born out of their experiences of World War II. Their mission is and has always been the creation of One Peaceful World by changing our way of eating and way of life to one that is more natural, traditional and peaceful.
Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?
Yes, I believe that growth is a gift that nature provides us yet we must actively use it in order to develop ourselves further. I definitely grow through my writing as well as my reading and connecting with many people around the world in person and through internet activities. It is important to me because first, I am curious and I enjoy to continually grow and explore and second, I believe the more we share and express ourselves and listen to each other the more we can do to make the world a better place for everyone to enjoy.
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
Well, my blogging hasn’t been regular so I don’t really have many expreriences at all. It is always nice to receive some feedback and acknowledgement from a stranger who benefitted from reading my writings.
What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
I use Twitter and Facebook to stay connected with other people. Before these tools I had to maintain a newsletter and a mailing list, which I occassionally use now, but Twitter and Facebook are much easier and faster and can reach a wider audience.
What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?
I think the Internet, especially as it develops further into social tools is the best thing for the planet politically. It can give everyone an opportunity to connect with others around the world. I think that individual people and families do not like war and they like to help each other. The more that people and families can do to connect with each other and help each other to understand one another beyond government and big business, the better.
I think President Obama is wise to use YouTube and the internet. That way many people, not just in the US, can listen to his ideas and messages. It will bring the world closer together.
In the future, I am hoping that all governments around the world will become fully transparent with no secrets and with nothing to hide. I am also hoping the same for big business and all other big organizations including religious ones. There should be no secrets and instead of fighting each other, and competing with each other and taking advantage of each other, we should all work together to clean up the environment, to help each other become healthier, happy and more peaceful and joyful.
Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?
Yes, I think that the more information that people have access to then the more responsible they will become and will be able to make better choices in their lives. Certainly some information may be false or misunderstood but because of this we make mistakes and then become smarter and learn to judge for ourselves what is the truth as well as develop ways to finding out the truth. Over time, as more and more people can express themselves to the world via the internet then the easier it will be to find the truth behind situations.
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
The only thing that sets my site apart from others is me and my personal experiences and perspectives and what I have to share.
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
I am most grateful to my parents and my children and my closest friends. For me personally, I would say that the one most important characteristic for me has been to listen to others.
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
I have had many happy and many gloomy moments in my life. My children are my happiness. Memories of happy family times are there. But then sad times of divorce and separation as well the deaths of my sister and mother are all gloomy.
If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for - what would your top 3 choices be?
That is a difficult question. My first answer is that I would like travel around the world and visit everywhere, to places I have never been before. These include the Middle East, Africa and most of Asia, Australia and many parts of South America. Next I would like to see both poles; the Noth Pole and the South Pole. Third, I would like to either travel in space or explore the oceans or visit all the interesting places of ancient mysteries.
What is your favorite book and why?
I have many favorite books. I would have to say that I have three favorite books and they are all by my parents, Michio and Aveline Kushi. The first is the “Book Of Macrobiotics”, the second is “Aveline Kushi’s Complete Guide To Macrobiotic Cooking” and the third is “One Peaceful World”.
What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?
I notice first their shape (the shape of their body, head, etc.) and their energy level and responsiveness. By looking at their shape, I can tell immediately whether they are healthy or not. By their energy level and responsiveness I can tell whether they are improving or becoming more weak.
Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?
No one specifially told me that I couldn’t write, but I was terrible in english class. It was always my worst subject and I always had difficulty sitting still and reading books when I was young.
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
I think that there are many bloggers who use their blogs to promote various products and things that they sell. I don’t know how successful they are. For me, my goal is not to make money but to share useful information freely to others. It is not my intention to make money from my blog but if someone offers then I may not refuse.
Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?
Blogging is writing and writing takes time. In order to make a blog interesting one definitely has to keep adding fresh and interesting content and that means more writing. But I imagine that people with little time can also find the time to add interesting article to their blog. The good thing about blogs is that there is no deadline. I can write whenever I want to. Unlike a periodical I don’t have to write an article every day or every week. So in that way, I can be busy with many things, and when I have the time to write and then I can do it.
Again, services like Facebook and Twitter are useful because they help me to share small bits of information so that I don’t have to write a blog about it.
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
As I mentioned before, I think that the more people share themselves online the more our world will naturally become one big family and become more friendly and less hostile. We also need to eat well (less meat more whole grains and vegetables) and be healthy and take care of our environment. Blogging helps this as well as Social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Who are your top five favourite bloggers?
I am still exploring this. There are so many.
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?
I have not been to Pakistan and I would certainly like to visit. I have no specific perception about Pakistan other than the little amount that I know through history, films and the news. My feeling is that the Pakistani people have been through and continue to experience many difficulties and hardships. I hope that the Pakistani people can find a lasting peace along with everyone else on earth.
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
Not specifically. All bloggers are very unique. I am still exploring as there are so many.
What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?
I am not a economist or a political expert but I would have to say that the most striking difference is the value of the currency and cost of living and employment, which means that a developing country is very poor compared to a developed country. This has a positive and negative aspect to it. The positive aspect is that the people in a developing country are much closer to nature and to maintaining a local and self-sustaining economy and because of this are generally healthier and happier with simple things in life. The negative aspect is that big multi-national corporations and governments of developed countries will exploit the economic difference and in doing sodestroy the natural and traditional heritage of the developing country with pollution, fast food, and a “modern” lifestyle that is unhealthy.
What is the future of blogging?
I am not sure what the future is of blogging. I personally hope to see and read blogs from people around the world. Unfortunately, we don’t always share a common language so it is not easy to understand each other without studying each other’s languages and customs. I hope that this difference will be elimnated somehow in the future so that we can easily understand and learn from one another.
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
I use my blogging to enhance my personal and professional life. By blogging I have gained more friends and it is helping me with my work and dreams.
What are your future plans?
I plan to continue to develop myself and to use the internet more and more to meet an reach new friends that I could not do so in any other way. I hope that we can all realize that everyone; all of us want the same thing on this planet, which is to create a clean, healthy, peaceful and happy world for everyone our children.
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
Yes, I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of food and how it affects our lives. I hope that your readers will take the time explore and study food and understand how foods effects every aspect of our lives. I hope that everyone will study macrobiotics and will experience the benefits of eating less animal foods and more whole grains and vegetables. Understanding food is a very important key for all of us to find health, peace and happiness, for ourselves, our families and for the world. We cannot create peace without understanding and changing what we eat. Thank you very much for this opportunity to share my ideas with you. I give my regards to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator and to all the people of Pakistan. Let’s work together by securing the best natural and traditional food for ourselves so that we can create a healthy peaceful body, mind, spirit, family, community and one peaceful world. Thank you.