2013年04月12日

Mottainai is...It was a Japanese custom.


Mottainai is ... It was a Japanese custom.


I was often said to grandmother.


Mottainai , Mottainai , ....


at any time ... Mottainai.


However,,, Japanese have forgotten.


I love the old Japan.



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The people in former days treasured everything


and fully made use of them.


Most of the common people bought kimonos


from used clothing stores.


When a kimono became old,


they unstitched it into its original long cloth,


then washed and starched it.


when clothes became threadbare ,


 they reinforced it with another piece of cloth.


and , they would remake them into children's clothing,


cords or diapers, finally the rags would be used to light fires.


The ashes left from the fire were dissolved


in water and used for washing.


The feeling of " mottainai "  encouraged


people to practice ultimate recycling.

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I was often said to grandmother.


When you think it is the right work for you,


you shoud challenge it in your own way 


even if you are beaten and hurt.


Life is a series of these moments 


which you are content with and you strive for.



katsu mizutani

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