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Akiko

AKIKO・あきこ

[ Grinder Artisan ]

 

“I want to be a part of that.”

That day, at 2:46 pm, the whole house was shaking so much I thought it was going to crumble down on me. I was thinking about my children the whole time. I went to the elementary school with my neighbors to pick up my youngest daughter and we evacuated to the school gym. But I couldn’t get in touch with my eldest son… I spent that night full of anxiety. The next morning when I went outside, it looked like a movie set. I thought I was living in a dream. When I found out my son was okay, I felt a wave of relief wash over me. As we received more information, there were rumors that our neighborhood had been wiped away. When we finally got to our house, we discovered that the first floor was completely destroyed. So many of our neighbors died in that tsunami...

I found out about Nozomi from a mother at my daughter’s elementary school. She was working there and told me about how they make jewelry out of pottery. It really caught my interest and I thought, “I want to be a part of that.” At Nozomi, I work in the grinder room polishing pottery. My work is a lot of fun. I love being able to turn pottery into something completely different, giving them a whole new expression. I highly recommend Nozomi earrings, like Sara.

My favorite thing about Nozomi is being able to joke around with my coworkers. We have the kind of relationship where we can freely talk about everyday problems and then laugh about them. My hope for Nozomi Project is that a lot of different people will know about us. I want to tell them, “Look at all the beautiful things we are making!” I am now part of something I love and I want to continue doing this work forever.

I love spending time with my daughter. At night, when she’s doing her homework, I listen to her talk about her day; sometimes we watch TV together. These are the moments that make me feel most at peace.