Iitate and past Hisanohama work

We started with Taku Namikawa and his work in Hisanohama. As we know, recovery is a long process, and in that process we found that we had to work with Kita-Iwaki and also change our focus from Hisanohama to where they were having the Harbor Festival! But we did manage to send enough for a little fireworks and were gratified that the wire made it on time despite a few glitches on this side.

The owls are from Iitate (farming community) that was evacuated because of the nuclear incident. We now have a growing relationship with them. A part of the group is creating a business out of the once community based sewing group which will now become a community based business group! The big and little things they fashion are useful, sometimes just for fun and sometimes really enlightening to the Californian as to how the cultures live differently.

There is a word in Iitate ‘Madei’ – Pronounced ‘mah-day’ –  in the local dialect which means “respectfully, considerately, modestly, with care, with spirit, without haste and without waste”.
The new project is called ‘The Madei Project.’




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