Nozomi Project Blog

2015 Anniversary Catalog!

 Over this coming month, we have lots of new products, promotions, and ideas that are going to be unleashed - we are excited!  We are starting with our first-ever catalog, featuring beautiful photos of our own staff and kids wearing Nozomi products.  Please enjoy - and share! 





Nozomi: Not just for 49% of the population...

We were thrilled to have an awesome male computer team from Liferay (based in Diamond Bar, CA) come and work for a week with us in Ishinomaki.  As they each had different chances to do some shopping at Nozomi, it was fun to see them (independently) choose necklaces for themselves.  Don't they look awesome?  Many forget that we have some great options for men - check out our Ayaka line here and fine your own favorite!


Shiori Bookmarks

Searching for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? Hard-to-please parent or spouse? Unique teacher appreciation gift? An elegant thank you gift for a pastor, boss, or coworker? The perfect graduation gift? Our newest collection is sure to become a treasured possession to every book lover!  Our silver bookmark will not only keep your place in your favorite book, but it will serve as a constant reminder of hope, and the process of beauty emerging from brokenness.


Nozomi Project and other Gifts that Make a Difference

Christmas Gifts that Make a Difference!
During the busiest shopping weekend of the year, we wanted to share a blog that features Nozomi Project and other awesome organizations where your purchases make a difference in peoples' lives. Check out this list, and find extra joy in your shopping experience! 

That Perfect Gift...Love my Nozomi!

Nozomi Project:  In search of the perfect gift?

Your search is over!

There is only one group of women fit for the job.

Special Agent Yuko and 15 others.

Jewelry Artisans.

From brokenness

to beauty.

When you need that perfect gift.

Find your favorites:


Every woman loves something beautiful.

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Love my Nozomi!


A Love Story About An Unlikely Match

Watch our latest one minute video!

Nozomi Project:

Broken pottery... Needing to be repurposed by...a group of women in Ishionmaki

Finding dignity and hope.... Sending it to the world

From brokenness..... to beauty



First steps....

One of the challenges of making jewelry out of "journeyed" broken pottery is just the process of getting it ready to be cut.  Thankfully, we have a shed and part of a tent full of pottery that volunteers have collected since the tsunami.  But it is all dirty and unsorted.  
We have a staff member who works hard -- outside most of the time -- in getting the shards and pottery ready to be made into jewelry.  She washes it, sorts it, and cuts it into suitable-sized pieces to be ready for the grinding room.
Take a look at the beautiful shards on our Rumi sterling silver chain. We are sure you will love the delicate pieces that have been specially washed, sorted, cut, and ground in preparation for being worn by someone like you!

Beauty in our midst

Today for staff meeting, each member of the Nozomi Project emailed one photo of something they have found beautiful this week.  Sometimes, just opening our eyes to look for beauty can reset our thinking and bring healing.  We loved the photos that were submitted... The theme was using Dostoevsky's quote, "The world will be saved by beauty."

Here are some of the images representing what we have found beautiful this week.  





What has brought healing and beauty to you?

Blue IS beautiful!

We received the coolest gift this week at the Nozomi Project - matching blue shirts for all of the staff with our Nozomi logo on it!  Thank you so much to J & M  K .for the amazing, generous present.  We surprised the staff during our meeting on Thursday, and all of us went outside and took some photos.  We haven't had a staff photo in a LONG time... even though three of our members were not there it was still great to get who we could in a photo!



The last batch of staff photos we took on the play set next to the Nozomi house.  It was clearly the first time most of us have gone down a sliding board in a LONG LONG time.  But, like any good rite of passage, every staff HAD to do it, sore bums and all.  It felt so good to play for awhile....

 Somehow we would guess that adding some play to our lives... helps with creativity.  We love what our artisans are producing.  See some of their latest workmanship here.