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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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Barcelona Food Health

How we got rid of plastic bottles at home

At HolaTomorrow we try to motivate and inspire others to make small decisions every day for a more sustainable world. Obviously, we know that large-scale political decisions are urgently needed. But if each of us changed one thing per day no matter how small it may appear but changed it permanently, it could have a …

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Activism Barcelona Food Health

Meatless Living: A daily commitment

I always think about the fact that, in India, the cow is a sacred animal. And that, in Ancient Egypt, the pig was revered and sacrificed to honor the Gods. Or, that in many Native American cultures, animals served as spiritual guides. I have never been a fervent carnivore. And although it may sound strange, …

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Cities Food Health Lifestyle Tokyo

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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Food Health Lifestyle Tokyo

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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Bordeaux Food Health Parenthood

Little Green Kitchen

Book review – Simple vegetarian family recipes How do daily vegetarian meals look like for a family? As a mother of a 3-year-old toddler and a baby of 10 months, I am asking myself this question quite a lot. Even though I am following dozens of food blogs and chefs on Instagram and keep myself …

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