It was great fun yesterday to have a group of us representing the Nozomi Project at a local event created to help the various groups across our prefecture who are making and selling goods since the tsunami.
Despite about 6 inches of snow that fell the night before, throughout the afternoon about eight of us were present from Nozomi. There were a number of seminars on how to figure out your target customers and make appropriate goods, how to advertise, etc. It was a great chance for Nozomi to sort of debut in the community. Our manager Yuko S. did an awesome job representing our team!
About twenty five or so other groups were there, selling a variety of products from homemade soaps, scarves, Hawaiian-fabric handbags.... we shared a booth with the women who are making our kimono Bands of Love. They are making other beautiful products out of repurposed kimonos.
What I loved the most about the whole event was the joy that our Nozomi staff had in being there, representing our Project, and taking pride in the work of their hands.
I became teary-eyed in watching our staff take ownership -- answering questions, doing short interviews for some local media, and really being a team together. They have a lot to be proud of! More beautiful things.