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Recovery Support Goods Market at Tōhoku Rockenpark

From January 10, Tōhoku Rockenpark hosts a market to support people in stricken areas.

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Tōhoku Rockenpark is in the middle of downtown Sendai’s busiest shopping area, providing a prime space for local producers in Tōhoku’s far-flung areas to win notice for their products.

This market aims to prevent the memory of the 2011 disaster from fading by promoting goods handmade by people living in temporary housing and also to encourage interaction of people and vitalize the shopping area.

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This time, Ms Sekimoto of accessory shop Nico Market participates to the market for the first time.

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She have founded a fitness club for mothers raising children in Iwanuma, Miyagi to provide a place to communicate and interact. The shop offers goods mainly made by her younger sister.

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Their accessories are designed well and make you want to look at them closely.

If you got any interests, check their blog!

http://ameblo.jp/nicomamsennan/

 

From Fukushima’s Aizuwakamatsu, handmade item maker Aikū takes part in the market. Miwa Kawakami serves customers at their booth.

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This adorable stuffed bear is also called Aikū which is created in the image of Ō-chan and Kū-chan, town mascots of Fukushima’s Ōkuma.

Aikū was set up by women evacuated to Aizuwakamatsu from Ōkuma due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Ms Kawakami herself works at an atelier in Aizuwakamatsu.

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Stuffed bear Aikū is made with cotton from Aizuwakamatsu and skilled sewing technique. The bears are designed to stand on their own two feet, containing the message “you can always rise up.”

 

From Tōkyō, Tōhoku☆Kazoku (“Tōhoku☆Family”) brings unique characters with them.

One of its staff, Keiko Shiosaka who is also a writer visit Miyagi repeatedly after the devastated event in 2011.

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Ms Shiosaka (right)

 

The unique characters tell the story of hope which connects Tōhoku and the rest of the world.

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According to Rockenpark’s Ms Ōta, this market is held once a month. She pointed out that makers have fun talking with customers in person.

“Some of them were perplexed at first, but they become able to enjoy talking with each time. They can listen to customers and also the network of makers seems to be expanding.”

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Though we are not able to meet, a group called Umimidori exhibited and sold their goods at the market for two days. The group is composed of six residents of Shinchi’s Ogawa Park temporary housing in Fukushima with Ms Murakami as their leader who we met the other day.

Last time we talked she told us that a two thirds of residents there were already ready to leave the temporary housing.

http://en.re-tohoku.jp/blog/16183

We called Ms Murakami and asked their current situation. The good news is that five of the six members have moved out to new home and last one also leave the temporary housing by March.

Ms Murakami set up a workspace in her home so that she can continue crafting her eco-tawashi.

She noted that she wanted to treasure connection with people she made and also try new things.

 

We are entering 4th year since the disaster, and states of those who were affected by the disaster has changed significantly.

Recovery is the consequence of steps they are taking every day. We’d like to keep telling their journey.


◆Nico Mom Fitness https://www.facebook.com/nicomamsennan/

◆Tōhoku Kazoku http://thk.moo.jp/

◆Shimakuma, Aikū https://www.facebook.com/Deriolabo

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