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Fun Facts — moss ball

Marimo Matsuri Festival - A Celebration of Conservation

Marimo Matsuri Festival - A Celebration of Conservation

Moss Ball Pets are referred to as marimo in Japan. Japanese botanist,Tatsuhiko Kawakami (川 上龍彦 Kawakami Tatsuhiko), noticed these mari (balls) in Lake Akan, Japan in 1898. Since their discovery, the plants have been an object of fascination all over the world. This love for marimo became problematic when too many moss balls were being sold without allowing time for the algae to replenish itself (It can take hundreds of years for marimo to grow to 30 cm in diameter!). Soon marimo became a protected species in Japan and the Ainu tribe, which is aligned closely with the lore of...

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