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How Marie Kondo Bucks Japanese Tradition

As a Zen Buddhist nun, I’ve learned a lot about Japan’s devotion to cleanliness — and how Kondo both embraces and deviates from it

Marie Kondo. Photo: Richard Bord / Getty Images Entertainment

II am a tentative Marie Kondo fan. While I don’t fold my shirts into neat rolls or divide my junk drawer into easily identifiable sections, I read The Life-Changing Magic of




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Gesshin Claire Greenwood

Gesshin Claire Greenwood

Author of “Bow First, Ask Questions Later” and “Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples.” Peer counselor and therapist in training.

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