“How do you explain the Japanese word ‘Mottainai’ to English speaking people?” (From entrance exam. of Osaka University)
The word “Mottainai” is important in our daily life. “Mottainai” is said when we cannot make the best use of something and waste something that can still be used. In this way, this word reflects the user’s sense of guilt when we throw away usable things.
It is important for us to keep on using something well-made with respect until it cannot be used. This word may come from our attitude toward valuing things.
Written by J, high junior 修道高2