Mottainai Tokyo

“Mottainai!” is a phrase in Japanese that means, “What a waste!” This phrase can be referred to when food, or things are wasted. In this collection, we will explore some of the sites that help make Japan the efficient and resourceful place it is.

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Mottainai Festa

Mottainai Festa is a 2 day festival that offers something for everyone. They are a pair of flea markets next to each other, one operated by adults and the other but children, with goods ranging from anime treats to secondhand furniture. Be sure to check it out! Photos from JapanTravel

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Tsukiji Mottainai Project Uoharu

Uoharu offers a unique dining experience because every morning they go to Tsukiji to choose their ingredients from the selection of fish that are left over and doomed for disposal due to slight imperfections. They have a different menu everyday and even highlight each dish’s imperfection. This restaurant not only feeds your belly, but also your conscience!

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Omakase Azabujuban

Omakase is a high-end reservations only restaurant that is part of the Mottainai Project, which strives to reduce food waste in Japan by sourcing their ingredients from those that are doomed for disposal due to slight imperfections. Their ingredients are on the more expensive side ranging from foie gras, wagyu steak, to high grade crab in their Japanese-style full course menus. Remember to book your reservation the day before. Photos found on OpenTable

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Tachi Ten Maru

TachitenMaru is a standing tempura bar that is part of the Mottainai Project, which strives to reduce food waste in Japan by sourcing their ingredients from those that are doomed for disposal due to slight imperfections. Their ‘Babaa’ dish is highly recommended! Photos from TableLog

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Trunk Hotel

Located in Shibuya is a hip and boutique style hotel that is located in Tokyo’s youngest and most fashion-forward neighborhood in Shibuya. Their interior decoration is based on salvaged furniture and natural materials that are local to Tokyo. Photos are found on Booking.com

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Seal

Seal brand makes handbags that are originally from scrapped tires and inner tubes. This makes the bags waterproof and durable with unique patterns and designs. They ship bags internationally and have a few location across Tokyo. Check out this shop’s top-quality handmade bags and interesting designs! Photos found on their website.

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Article by Elsda Li

“Mottainai!” Culture

“Mottainai!” is a phrase in Japanese that means “What a waste!”. In Japan, being frugal is ingrained into the community and the culture, and in this article we will explore some of the sites that help make Japan the efficient and resourceful place it is.