Michio Kushi

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Michio Kushi (久司 道夫 Kushi Michio; born May 17, 1926 in Japan) helped to introduce modern macrobiotics to the United States in the early 1950s. He has lectured about philosophy, spiritual development, health, food and diseases at conferences and seminars all over the world.


After World War II, Kushi studied in Japan with macrobiotic educator, George Ohsawa. Since coming to America in 1949, Michio Kushi and Aveline Kushi, his wife, founded Erewhon Natural Foods, the East West Journal, the East West Foundation, the Kushi Foundation, One Peaceful World, and the Kushi Institute. They have written over 70 books.

Kushi studied law and international relations at the University of Tokyo, and after coming to America, he continued his studies at Columbia University in New York City. Aveline has passed away, and Michio Kushi now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has four living children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great grandson.


Kushi received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers. In 1999, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History opened a permanent collection on macrobiotics and alternative health care in his name. The title of the collection is the "Michio and Aveline Kushi Macrobiotics Collection." It is located in the Archives Center.

Michio and his wife Aveline are founders of The Kushi Institute, now in Becket, Massachusetts, but formerly in a converted factory building in Brookline Village, Massachusetts.

For their "extraordinary contribution to diet, health, and world peace, and for serving as powerful examples of conscious living", they were awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in Sherborn, Massachusetts, on October 14, 2000.[1]


  1. ^ The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List

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