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Exploring My Family "Garden"


Garden bottle dividers close up

This reminds of one of the phrases I heard a LOT growing up…“Mottanai”. Finding ways to maximize the use of things. I love this very creative use of what most people would consider trash. It’s the very creative, outside-the-box thinking that I think characterizes a lot of JA gardeners and farmers. Visually appealing and very practical. It’s a different approach to recycling.

I wrote about this mottanai mentality in a piece I wrote for Discover Nikkei: A Yonsei’s Reflections…on Unearthing My Family’s Values

Based on this original

Garden bottle dividers close-up
uploaded by vkm
This is a photograph I took from my Dad’s vegetable garden on March 3, 2007. They’re glass bottles (I think they’re probably beer bottles) that are upside down in the … More »

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