Quality Jewlery- Nozomi Project
Gifts of Hope from Tohoku
If you are looking for beautiful gifts that can also help in the rebuilding of a broken community in Japan, the Nozomi project is a great place to shop.
The Nozomi project is based in Ishinomaki, Tohoku. Nozomi means "Hope" which is perfect for this company as it helps rebuild the lives of people in this community who have lost loved ones, their homes and jobs. This is an area that was devastated by the Tsunami disaster in 2011. Amidst the devastation, a volunteer who came to help the clean-up effort in the area noticed all the broken pieces of pottery everywhere and a new business idea was born.
The workers had training from professional jewelry designers and are made up of women who used to work fixing fishing nets, so their detail work is professional and strong on the necklace strands. The jewelry is named after important people in their lives and you can read many wonderful stories about the history of this project, the people who work on the products and more on their website: www.nozomiproject.com
You can shop in English or Japanese and choose prices in Japanese Yen or Dollars (better value in Yen at the moment), I got my order within a few days and they are now offering free international shipping during the Christmas holidays. All the products are beautifully made and packaged with a detailed explanation of the design and inspiration for the piece.
It's a great feeling to support this project of hope by buying gorgeous traditional looking Japanese jewelry and bookmarks in classic, modern settings like these that can be enjoyed for many years.