Hashi-oki 1000 Project
The Great East Japan Earthquake: Hashi-oki(chopstick rest) 1000 Project
2011, March 11th 2:46pm.
The huge earthquake struck east Japan while I was taking 4 guests around the Kasamori Kannon- Goddess Temple, close to my studio in Chiba.Tremor was magnitude 8.9.
As the train services were suspended around Tokyo and Chiba, I asked them to stay at my place that night. The next 12th morning, after confirming the starting of the traffic service, I took my guests to Chiba station by my car, praying for their safe trip to home.
Picture of damages from the earthquake and Tsunami were repeatedly broadcasted on TV. It was really a disaster. To make the matters worse, Fukushima nuclear plants were hit by Tsunami, and the serious condition was gradually revealed.
As I could not calm myself to clay work, started thinking and asking “What can I do as a potter in this situation?”
Finally, two things came up to my mind.
A charity sale of my works! One was the sale of the chamfer vases which I already had. The other was to make the chopstick rest, hashi-oki, newly for the charity.
And donate all the profits to the victims and the reconstruction of the disaster areas.
I have been planning the tour of solo exhibitions 3, 4 times a year at the gallery of department stores. So, maybe I will be able to ask them to prepare the space for charity. I set the target figure to 1000. If I prepared 50 for one exhibition, I would achieve the number in about 7 years. Long-term support will be necessary for the recovery from the earthquake disaster.
So, I took the action to my charity project.
I carved the date “20110311”, on the reverse side of hashi-oki.
I used various types of clays and ash-glazes to make them. Shapes were all different, slender one, plump one…. They will make a circle, just like the people from all over the world, different skin colors, thoughts and religions, get together and pray to confront this catastrophe.
This is the image of my project.
I am dreaming of making a spiritual circle, together with the people supporting and appreciating this project. And in the future, the bigger circle will be made with 1000 hashi-okis, with the prayer of 1000 people.
When I told about this project to the gallery staff of Matsuya department store, they willingly cooperated and prepared the charity space.
This is the kickoff of “Hashi-oki 1000 project “.
June 2011, the first solo exhibition after the earthquake was started at Matsuya store in Tokyo, Ginza. 100 hashi-okis which I made for charity were sold out in 2 and a half days. It was a happy response!
I’d like to express my hearty gratitude to everyone who supports this charity project.
And also to Matsuya store for their kind cooperation.
I will keep working, dreaming of the bigger circle of 1000.
I would be so happy if you support this project, and pray for the recovery from the disaster together.
All the charity goes to Japanese Red Cross.
Charity Hashi-oki by Jun Nakano: ¥1,000 each at a solo exhibition site.
［Next］Toyama : Solo Exhibition at Daiwa 5F Community Gallery in April 15-21, 2015 .
Hashi-oki 1000 Project --- Progress Report （2015.6.3.）
Progress report of this project is as follows.（June 3, 2015）
Session Site Unit sales Donation
① June 8 - 14 2011 Tokyo 100 ¥104,000
② October 26 - November 1 2011 Nagoya 100 ¥100,000
③ December 7- 13 2011 Kanazawa 50 ¥51,000
④ January 12 - 18 2012 Hiroshima 50 ¥50,000
⑤ October 17 -23 2012 Tokyo 100 ¥101,000
⑥ November 21 - 27 2012 Okayama 50 ¥50,000
⑦December 8 - 16 2012 Kumamoto 40 ¥40,000
⑧January 24 -30 2013 Hiroshima 50 ¥50,000
⑨0ctober 30 - November 5 2013 Nagoya 70 ¥70,000
⑩November 21 - 26 2013 Kanazawa 18 ¥18,000
⑪May 21 - 27 2014 Toyama 40 ¥40,000
⑫September 17 - 23 2014 Tokyo 100 ¥101,000
⑬October 21 - 27 2014 Fukuoka 20 ¥20,000
⑭November 26 - December 2 2014 Okayama 29 ¥30,500
⑮April 15 -21 2015 Toyama 45 ¥45,000
⑯May 21 - 27 2015 Hiroshima 26 ¥26,000
Subtotal 888 ¥896,500
①Tokyo2011 ②Nagoya2011 ③Kanazawa2011 ④Hiroshima2012
⑤Tokyo2012 ⑥Okayama2012 ⑦Kumamoto2012 ⑧Hiroshima2013
⑨Nagoya2013 ⑩Kanazawa2013 ⑪Tokyo2014 ⑫Toyama2014
⑬Fukuoka2014 ⑭Okayama2014 ⑮Toyama2015 ⑯Hiroshima2015
I’d like to express my hearty gratitude to everyone who supports this
And also to each department store and Shimada Museum for their kind cooperation.