"We drove two hours to get here because we couldn't wait to go shopping at the Nozomi Project!"
"I came last year and purchased two beautiful necklaces - one for me and one for my sister. The one for my sister somehow never made it to her. Oops!"
"I love giving gifts to loved ones back home that have so much meaning attached. I just finished all my Christmas shopping at the Nozomi booth!"
"My mom has cancer and I know this necklace will bring her hope."
"I can't believe it! I admired this necklace when it was photographed for Facebook. I found it here at the bazaar and I thrilled that I can own the one that i loved so much!"
These are some of the encouraging comments we heard this past weekend as four of us from the Nozomi Project packed up a van full of jewelry and display items and headed seven hours south for the weekend to share our 'beauty in brokenness' with members of the armed forces serving in Japan.
We loved talking to customers, hearing of so many who came to the bazaar just to find us.
Our two local staff, Chiemi and Tomoko, said that they were really nervous the first day but it was fun to see them enjoy interacting with so many Nozomi customers and with the American culture on the base. Of course, we had to have dinner at Chili's on Saturday night!
It was a great weekend. Thanks for our Yokota, Zama, and Yokosuka friends who came out to support the Nozomi Project!