getting fresh – marimo balls

My latest obsession, well as far as green and growing things go, is Marimo balls. As you may know, I love moss – its unrelenting green and diminutive nature. In fact, it was my love of moss which first introduced me to the concept of Shibusa. Thank you, moss.

Of a similar ilk – marimo balls. What are marimo balls you ask? Algae.

Marimo balls are naturally occurring spheres of algae which are native to freshwater lakes in Japan and Iceland. They vary in size and can grow up to 4 to 6 inches in diameter. In Japan they are considered to be both a treasure and a token of good luck. It is believed that if you take good care of your marimo that all of your wishes will come true. And for this reason I want you to have some.

I am holding the first-ever FINDING SHIBUSA Giveaway for a jar of marimo balls from Terrain, pictured below.

Take your pick of three marimo, 1 1/2 – 2 inches in diameter, or one marimo, 3 – 4 inches in diameter. To enter, you just need to click the button below to enter on Facebook. Simply “like” FINDING SHIBUSA and you are automatically entered! The drawing will be on Saturday, July 14th. Good luck!

What do I do with them if I win, you ask? Well, put them in a great glass vase, by themselves or with stones, or maybe a few twigs. Or in a water garden – the are said to move up and down in the water. Whatever you do, take good care of them and all of your wishes will come true. The oldest marimo is said to have lived to 100… think of all those wishes…

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