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Art for Art: Who we are Helping

One of the hardest-hit areas was the small northwestern coastal town of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture. After the earthquake, a fire burned down the Main Street that housed some of the finest lacquerware for which the city is known. Homes, workshops, and offices were lost or severely damaged, leaving craftsmen struggling to survive amidst the turmoil. The aftermath threatens the existence of this unique lacquer craft and its techniques that were developed in Wajima, as businesses and craftsmen may leave or abandon their jobs.


As a publication that steadfastly believes in the profound importance of the arts and artists, we believe we must do all we can to help artists when they are most in need. To help Wajima artists get back on their feet, we are donating 100% of the proceeds, after expenses, to the Wajima Lacquerware Manufacturers Cooperative who aims to rebuild its offices and workplaces to prevent the loss of artistic and craftsmanship spirit. The funds we raise will help restore facilities such as the jinoko and lacquer factories, rebuild the lives and work environment of cooperative members, and procure necessary tools. Your contributions will play a crucial role in preserving this rich cultural heritage and ensuring that this illustrious craft will continue for many years to come.

Thanks for supporting Noto Recovery

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