Help Tsunami Victims: Send Your Pottery For Jewelry

Kumiko-runa3_largeFive years ago this month was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This incredibly devastating disaster took out over a million buildings, killed more than 15,000 people, and displaced more than 200,000 – many of whom had lived in the area for generations. So here’s the good news. The Nozomi Project is an AH-MAY-ZING organization that is taking the broken pieces and building something new. These women have found the beautiful broken pottery left behind in the devastation and are crafting amazing jewelry with it. Not only does this make hope from the destruction, but it is also building economic empowerment for the women of the Ishinomaki area. Now you can help – AND have your pottery be a part of building that hope. How can you do that? We’ve got all of the deets below…

OrganizationNozomi Project

The Low-Down:

Nozomi, which means ‘hope’ in Japanese, is a social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products.  Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery. Each of their product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life.

The Deets:

You’ve got THREE awesome ways to help this organization! LOVE. IT.

  1. Get some of your own broken pottery together and send it to the Nozomi Project ladies. Best part? Your pottery will be combined with their pottery to make international jewelry of hope!  How awesome is that?? So find so beautiful pottery in your life – broken or not – and send it their way. They’re looking for bright colors (think pink, purple, turquoise-y, and Christmas colors). Wrap them up in newspaper or bubble wrap to keep the pieces from scratching and mail it off to the address below.
  2. Host your own Nozomi Domo Domo Party! So yet another way to do amazing things for these ladies is to host a party to sell the jewelry. Fab extra idea? Have your guests bring some of their own pottery to send off in a big package at the end of the night. Win. Win.
  3. Buy some of their beautiful pieces online! If you just love them and love this jewelry, check out all of their collections and buy a piece of your own.

Nozomi Project
Shimo Enokidan 142-6
Watanoha-Aza, Ishinomaki-shi Miyagi-ken 986-2135

Contact Sue Plumb Takamoto at with any questions!

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Carmen & Kristin

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