“When enough of us as individuals start practising compassion and empathy in our hearts and minds, it will surely benefit humanity as a whole.”

Yutaka Kinoshita

About Kifubon

Kifubon means ‘book distribution’ – to share books.  

It works through the generosity of people buying and donating copies of the books to their local Kifubon Projects out of their empathy and compassion for others. The local Kifubon team then distributes these copies to worthy causes – projects where storytelling, reading and sharing the meaning of the books can create hope for people in difficult situations.

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Bunya, a Japanese publisher, created the Kifubon project in Japan and inspired book-sharing projects in the UK and elsewhere.

“I first met Prem Rawat in October 2014. After a number of meetings I was able to publish his book ‘Splitting the Arrow’ in September 2015.

We aspire to share his message of individual Peace and prosperity so that people around the world can benefit.”

Bunya publishing corporation, LLC, Nagano Japan
President: Yutaka Kinoshita

The Kifubon project for Splitting the Arrow has now grown into an international social responsibility book-giving movement, with contributions coming in from companies, organisations and individuals from across the globe. So far in total over 10,000 books have been donated and are being used in a wide variety of settings to create a culture of empathy and compassion.


To date book donations have been made to:

Every orphanage, disabled child care facility and prison throughout Japan.

Prisons in Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

Youth education groups, facilities and schools in

  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Malaysia
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay

The project continues to grow and we warmly invite you to be a part of sharing this process of self-discovery. Get in touch

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