In this section, I would like to introduce simple examples of value-added products that I “bear” by myself or that I learned how to make somewhere. These examples will give you some hints on how to create value added products with resources available at hand. I hope the information here will be useful for you to Be Empowered with Available Resources. Let’s BEAR!

Mother’s Day

May 13 is Mother’s Day. Around the world, people think of their mothers in their own ways. I (= Bobby) am working as the face of EEN, which means I am the “son” of the founder of EEN, Yasuko, who is working as a global mom. Today, my mom wants to remember her mother on Mother’s Day with a message in my (Bobby’s) diary. Here is the message from her:

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As sushi has been adapted …

Look! The green sushi rolls wrapped in sliced avocado are named Green Samurai in a Japanese restaurant in Liberia. The ones on the right are named Crazy Special. Is it because the spiky decoration looks crazy?

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Let’s BEAR Christmas trees!

Christmas is just around the corner. This year my mom is enjoying Christmas decorations in Rome. Wherever she is, she always searches lovely Christmas decorations which represent the concept of Let’s BEAR: Be Empowered with Available Resources. Look at this Christmas tree! She found it in a café near her workplace in Rome.

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Psychokinesis by beer drinkers?

Look at these glass bottles! They are all flat. Did somebody make them flat by psychokinesis?

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Happy Eco Wallets

Look at the lovely wallets in the photo! My mom bought them in Liberia. While she was working in Liberia, she sometimes visited a shop which was run by a women’s group making bags and accessories with traditional West African designs. The outer part is made of cloth, but what do you think the inner part is made of? Let’s unzip one of them and I’ll show you!

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Necessity is the mother of invention

My mom came back from Liberia in March, having finished a rural livelihood improvement project there. She showed me some photos of the project. Look at this photo! What do you think these women are doing?

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A “BEAR” Bag from Liberia

My mom worked in Liberia from July 2015 to March 2017. Wherever she is, she always looks for a “Let’s BEAR” product made of locally available resources by hand. During her stay in Liberia, she found the “Let’s BEAR” bag in the photo. What do you think it is made of? Have a close look at the brown mesh?

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Let’s “BEAR” a bag!

The other day my mom bought a “beary” interesting bag at a department store in Osaka. Look! The blue color produces a cool atmosphere. This bag is lovely, especially for summer. What do you think this bag is made of?

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“Beary” Disciplined and Environmentally Friendly

My mom is always saying, “The Japanese are the most disciplined people in the world,” though she has never visited all the countries on the earth. She says that there are a lot of examples that can prove the Japanese are the most disciplined people in the world. The garbage collection practice in our apartments is one of the examples.

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Let’s bear a Christmas tree!

Next to the snowman and wreath, you can see a Christmas tree. Can you guess what it is made of?

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