Supporting Wajima’s Urushi Artisans in Earthquake Recovery

Fundraising campaign by Takuo Matsuzawa
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    = US$2,535.00
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I work in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, designing, manufacturing, and selling products such as urushi lacquered fountain pens. Urushi-lacquering is one of Japan's traditional crafts, with a history dating back approximately 9,000 years, utilized in various fields including numerous World Heritage buildings, Buddha statues, crafts, and tableware.

Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture is a hub for Japanese urushi art and urushiware production, home to many artisans and artists possessing advanced handcrafting skills. Many of my business partners and friends reside there.

On January 1, 2024, a massive earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa, causing buildings to collapse and fires, severely affecting many facilities and homes related to urushi. Despite losing their homes and work environments, artisans and artists are determinedly looking forward to reviving the culture and industry of urushi.

However, the loss is immense, and the desire to rebuild is strong, but the situation is not readily manageable. Stored urushi has been spilled, and tools and workshops have been destroyed or burnt down.

To support their recovery, I am seeking donations from around the world. Funds will be used to purchase materials and goods, provide workspaces, and create sales opportunities for artisans involved in urushi arts in Wajima. Above all, nothing can start without the raw material of urushi. For 15 years, I have been growing seedlings from urushi seeds and engaging in reforestation activities. It takes 10 years from planting before the urushi can be harvested. Japanese-produced urushi is extremely precious, with only about 2 tons harvested annually in Japan, most of which is used for repairing national cultural properties. With an already existing shortage, more urushi trees must be grown to support Wajima. This will be a long-term endeavor. However, such steadfast efforts are essential for preserving and enhancing Japanese culture.

I am looking forward to support from many people.

Organizer

I run an urushi lacquer workshop in Japan, collaborating with various companies and individuals to propose new lacquerware.

I run an urushi lacquer workshop in Japan, collaborating with various companies and individuals to propose new lacquerware.

Donors

  • Guest
  • Donated on Mar 10, 2024
$50.00 / ₿0.0
  • Bob Killen
  • Donated on Mar 09, 2024
  • Thank you Taylor!

$200.00 / ₿0.0
  • Taylor Dolezal
  • Donated on Mar 09, 2024
$500.00 / ₿0.0

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16 donors
  • Guest
  • Donated on Mar 10, 2024
$50.00 / ₿0.0
  • Bob Killen
  • Donated on Mar 09, 2024
  • Thank you Taylor!

$200.00 / ₿0.0
  • Taylor Dolezal
  • Donated on Mar 09, 2024
$500.00 / ₿0.0
  • Ina C
  • Donated on Mar 09, 2024
$10.00 / ₿0.0
$300.00 / ₿0.0
  • Kayoko Aoki
  • Donated on Feb 29, 2024
$100.00 / ₿0.0
  • Bob Killen
  • Donated on Feb 29, 2024
  • Thank you Jeff & Susan <3

$100.00 / ₿0.0
  • Jeff and Susan Sica
  • Donated on Feb 29, 2024
  • <3

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  • Bob Killen
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2024
  • Thank you Joe :)

$100.00 / ₿0.0
  • Joe Kelly
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2024
$100.00 / ₿0.0
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