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Mottainai Grandma

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Mottainai Grandma
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Original titleもったいないばあさん
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Mottainai Grandma is the first book from the "Mottainai Grandma" series written by Japanese author Mariko Shinju. The book was published in 2004 The Japanese word mottainai means "wasteful".[1]

On January 13, 2018, it was released in Hindi and English translation in New Delhi, India, by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.[2] An earlier Japanese-English bilingual edition (pictured) was published by Kodansha in November 2005.

Shinju started having ideas about writing the book while trying to explain wastefulness to her child.[3]


  1. "Mottainai Grandma Reminds Japan, 'Don't Waste'".
  2. "Waste-battling 'Mottainai Grandma' book gets Hindi, English launch in India". 15 January 2018 – via Mainichi Daily News.
  3. "Mottainai! "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" Gets Ethical in Japan and Beyond".

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