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by Jonathan Reggio

5 stars

Beautifully written in a sparsely poetic, easy to read style, this is a novelised account of the author’s serendipitous meeting with a radical Japanese farmer, based on the real-life permaculture pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka. There are other books around about Masanobu Fukuoka (re-named Takeshi Fumimoto in Jonathan Reggio’s account) and his ground-breaking work, but they focus on the farming. `One Day the Shadow Passed’ brings the man himself to life – a beautiful, warm tale of an extraordinary human being.
If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you read Fukuoka’s own account of his life’s work: The One-Straw Revolution (New York Review Books Classics)