Mottainai!

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One of my favourite things that I learned from Japan's culture and tradition was "Mottainai"
You'll hear someone say this if you're wasting something - throwing away food, pouring water out, anything.
It's kind of like someone exclaiming "Don't waste that!", but that's not the direct translation
(I'm not sure what is or if there even is one!)

What I really loved about it was that it links in to the shinto belief that objects have souls...
And there is always a way that you could re-use something
or maybe just don't take as much in the first place (o:

I don't really have a specific story that goes with this I just really liked this whole part of japanese culture
& its something that has stuck with me! 

Created: Apr 03, 2014

Tags: tradition, culture, japanese, japan

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