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Vegan polpetta: a recipe from Brown’s Field

Last year, in the sunny, pre-pandemic summer season that now feels like a dream, I had joined the Future Food for Climate Change Summer School on a special visit to the beautiful Brown’s Field, an organic farm, café, shop and guesthouse on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. After an 80km-long train ride from central …

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Mottainai: How a Japanese expression of regret grew into a global movement to respect the environment

“If we have a sharing mindset instead of being selfish, we can make this world a better place with the heart of “mottainai,” says Mariko Shinju, author of the children’s book Mottainai Grandma. This summer, the “Mottainai Grandma” books were released as a cartoon series for free in six languages: Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Hindi. Watch them with your little ones and explore the meaning of “Mottainai!”

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Lockdown lessons and recipes from Miica’s “Bio Labo House”

Friend and food creator Miica Fran has traveled Japan and Europe to discover the meaning of “wabi-sabi” and sustainable living, inspiring her to start an experimental zero-waste kitchen “Bio Labo House” in Tokyo. Miica shared with me her stories and the steps she takes to reduce waste, as well as a lovely lockdown recipe for Lyonnais cassoulet to help us feel cozy and connected during these tough times of isolation.

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How the concept of Wabi-Sabi calls us to celebrate the beauty in imperfection

Hola people of the future! I welcome you to take a comfy seat at our table, taste our delicious food, drink our sparkling sake, and get to know the brave and beautiful women of Japan. Yes, I’m still daydreaming of the first of a series of delicious, intimate lunch gatherings we’ve hosted in Tokyo. Together, these magnificent women and I explored the wisdom of the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi” – the beauty of things imperfect, transient, and incomplete — as a simple approach to reducing food waste and embracing our imperfections.

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