Project by Women Who Stepped Forward


Local community in Tohoku start projects with local people to revive in damaged area.

“Hand Cream from Damaged Area 被災地からのハンドクリーム”

Otsuchi-cho, city , small Sanriku city located in the southern part of coast of Iwate prefecture,
suffered serious damage by earthquake and tsunami.

Otsuchi city
Otsuchi city

(photo by Youko Itou)

Most are forced to life in temporary housing.

As for men, there are a lot of things they should do, removing the debris and doing the house restoration.
On the other hand, women lost work, and there is neither the car nor the workplace.

The life of women in Otsuchi city as the hard workers has changed completely.

More seriously they lose the house and lose an important person.

They are spending days in the severe reality that cannot look away, there is it now.
However, they think strongly  “to live today”.

They start off to do something about such present conditions.
What they came out ideas at from such thought using limited space and tool,

It was production of “刺し子(Sashiko), the quilting” to be able to make use of proud skill in.

hand work
hand work

(image from http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/253)

“Sashiko” is traditional handicrafts in Japan which is the simple embroidery on the cloth by hand stitch.
With a strong wish to revival, they make by one stitch carefully one by one.

local women
local women

(image from http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/253)

It is the project by women who stepped forward to the future.
more detains at http://tomotsuna.jp/

shirts
shirts

(image from http://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/253)

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