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Moss Ball Pets 2020 Word of the Year: Care.

Moss Ball Pets 2020 Word of the Year: Care.

Happy New Year! How do you celebrate the impending new year? Some people choose to host or attend parties in observance of a fresh start. Others will do their best to adhere to the requirements of globally popular superstitions: kissing someone at midnight to avoid a year of loneliness, wearing red for good luck, cooking certain foods to ensure a wealthy new year, and the list could go on endlessly. Another common way to celebrate a new year is planning resolutions or goals to achieve as the year progresses. However, 2020 isn’t simply a new year...it’s a new decade! Now...

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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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