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We have recently received word that the paper making community we work with are okay considering the scope of the recent tragedy in Nepal. We are relieved, although concerned with current conditions. Of course the paper makers have suffered much loss, and now must face the long hurdle of rebuilding and, more importantly, healing in various ways.
Please join us and continue to find ways to support the people of Nepal through various organizations so clean water, food, medicine, and other necessities can be effectively delivered and administered. Thank you.

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As many  of you know, my life is split between Rhode Island, USA, and Chiba, Japan.  I count myself and my husband very fortunate as we were both in the US when the March 10th earthquake and terrible tsunami struck the Northeast of Japan.  Although we live many miles away from “ground zero”, and the friends we know are safe, we are grateful to have avoided the original March 11th shaking, the unimaginably tall tidal wave hitting the coast, the continual aftershocks, and of course the many destruction problems that ensue.

As the days go on, we pray and hope for the safety of our neighbors to the north and the Japanese people.  In limbo in California for the past week, with flights canceled, hotels switched, last minute calls to friends there, we made the very difficult decision for me to return to Rhode Island.  As I await for the flight back to the US  NorthEast , I can’t help but be grateful for the opportunity to be with my other family stateside and the security there.   On the other hand, my thoughts and heart stay in Japan, where I would like to be doing my part to help support those in need.

Rainy Day Letterpress, Japan Relief on Etsy

Ironically, I came across this handmade paper, what else, cut out by Tomoko Shioyasu, entitled Vortex, showing at the Japan Society right now.

It’s beautiful and tragic at the same time, how you can resonate with such creativity, perhaps with the artist not even knowing how much their talent will have an impact on their audience…