We are coming up on six years of the triple disaster that washed away half of Ishinomaki.
We are frequently asked if we still have broken pottery left to use for making our Nozomi jewelry. And the answer is yes! We still have crates of pottery gathered by hundreds of volunteers during the first few years; we are also receiving boxes of broken or unwanted pottery from nearby neighbors, friends, and second-hand shops in the area.
Recently, one of the sons of a Nozomi team member was out playing in a field by his home and came home with a bag of broken pottery. "Mommy! I found jewelry!'
He carefully washed each piece and laid it out on a tray for the Nozomi staff to make into something beautiful. Each time it rains, hidden pottery becomes unearthed, constant reminders of both the tragedy and the hope that has emerged since.
Those pieces are now being cut, ground, shaped, and remade into something beautiful.
While each rainstorm brings new reminders of an unforgettable tragedy, it also brings hope. Beauty in brokenness.