The non-profit organization Mottainai Japan’s motto is, “In the spirit of mottainai, we continually give back to society,” The policy of selfishly wasting your enemies’ petroleum to keep up an alienated consumer lifestyle to profit global capital is over. Getting back to nature is in, and looking to Japan’s culture of Mottainai shows the way!
The cherry blossom season is in full bloom in most Japanese cities, and everybody is out because no more Covid restrictions for the first time in two years! This annual collective nature-gazing that reminds us of our connection to nature and eternal life is a celebration of beauty.
The use of the Japanese itadakimasu いただきます Is still said here at home in the USA to take a moment to be mindful and express gratitude for the food I receive. A slideshow with lots of photos of gorgeous Japanese food and dishes too!
Photo Haiku No. 1 by Sydney Solis celebrates the beauty of azaleas.
Furoshiki, Japanese cloth for wrapping or making other objects, is a great way to reduce waste and wrap your holiday gifts.
熊野古道 Kumano Kodō, Faith in Nature and The Mythic Return
Japanese kaiseki dining is an experience of mindfulness bliss to feast upon not just food but beauty and sensuous joy.
Kaiseki at Umehana Restaurant, Osaka, Japan.
Photograph of Zen priest at Umeda Station by Sydney Solis.
I am moving all day and not moving at all. I am like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking.