June 2015

An heart whelming time in Rikuzentakata

Back in June I did visit Mrs.Oikawa and Mrs.Kano at Rikuzentakata. We did spend 2 days together and did enjoy a wonderful lunch with all Tohoku Grandmas from Rikuzentakata. I was touched to have all of them gathering from different parts, just to see me… ! After lunch Mrs.Oikawa and Mrs.Kano did take me for sight seeing around Rikuzentakata and I am impressed how beautiful this ares actually is! Sea and mountains next to each other –  in their full beauty and  richness! I will definitively come back again to see my friends!

The new Takata Senior High School

In May 2015 (just few weeks before my visit) the new Takata Senior Highschool did open their doors for children and teachers. The new school building is located much higher now and is overviewing the sea and forest. I was so happy to meet Mrs. Yamaguchi the home economics teacher again after so many years. I remember when everything did start. I met Mrs. Yamaguchi with the school director Mr.Kudo back in 2011, few months after the great earthquake. She is doing well and the Bernina machines which Bernina International did donate in 2011 and 2012 are frequently used by the students in the after school Fashion and sewing program.

January 2015

I hope you started the New Year 2015 very well!

Back in November 2014 I was able to share one of the most memorable highlights with the Tohoku Grandmas of Rikuzentakata.
At the premiere of my Bridal Couture Collection 1-5-0 ONE-FIVE-OH which signifies and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Japan and Switzerland, I had the chance to enjoy the attendance of Mrs Oikawa and Mrs Kanno at the Swiss residence of Ambassador Urs Bucher in Tokyo.
For this premiere Mrs Oikawa and Mrs Kanno produced my latest designs of Headdresses and Necklaces made of textile flowers.
Our very special guest Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko who attended the show and reception was delighted to see my latest collaboration with the women of Rikuzentakata.
Her Majesty is further going to support my projects to rebuild the city of Rikuzentakata through providing jobs.
Mrs Oikawa and Mrs Kanno were thrilled and very honored to talk to Her Majesty and to give one of their hand made pin cushions personally. It was such a touching and moving evening!
I’d like to thank our host Ambassador Urs Bucher who made this event possible. I am also thankful that Bernina International supports my projects faithfully and generously!


May 2014

This May, I visited Japan again to continue on one side, my projects in Rikuzentakata and, on the other side, to make the firsts step in supporting the  traditional textile industry in Japan which is highly threatened.


With Nobuyoshi Araki for Tohoku

My dear friend and photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is recently taking pictures of the sky towards the north. He is impressed by the the collaboration with the women in Rikuzentakata. I gave him a pin cushion as a present and he was very fond of it. Thank you Akaki-san for your lovely support!


Drive to Rikuzentakata


Thank you Mrs Kanno for picking me up from the trainstation and driving me to Rikuzentakata. We had a wonderful chat during the drive.


Rikuzentakata under construction

This time, the achievements in rebuilding the new city of Rikuzentakata were clearly visible. They built a giant conveyor belt to transport earth to the place, where the new city will be built up. In memory of the great earthquake, they are not going to break down a big destroyed building in Rikuzentacata but leave it there to remember all the victims.


Selfmade lunch 

The Tohoku Grandmas prepared a traditional Japanese dish for me. It was delicious!


Visit of a silk chirimen weaving factory and a screen printing manufacture

I visited one of the last remaining silk chirimen weaver based in Nagahama on the lake of Biwa. The owner, Mr Yoshida is aware of traditional weaving techniques. These  little white doughnut-shaped ceramics are used as weight to control the silkthreads. This technique is from the Edo period, 300 years ago. The bamboos are very old, too and they’re also based on an ancient traditional weaving technique. Mrs Yoshida and her team are checking the quality of each roll by ey. That is why hama-chirimen is the worlds finest silk for kimono. When I was in Kyoto, I visited a chirimen print supplier and selected some new designs for my upcoming collection. In the screen print manufacture, I’ve seen that all prints are still handmade. They use a special method of handpainting on a hanging cloth with a big brush, though sometimes it is a very precise work.

April 2014

First General Assembly of the Three Cranes Association


First General Assembly of the Three Cranes Association took place on April 23 in Zurich.

We would like to thank all the members who came to our first General Assembly. It was wonderful  to  look back  and share the past developments and achievements within our projects since the establishment in April 2013.

None of these progresses would  have been possible without the great support and interest of each member and donator.

Again, we would like to thank all of you for sharing this memorable day!


March 2014

Pin cushions are now available in Japan


Three Cranes Association established together with traffic Inc. the Three Cranes Association Japan.

Feel free to contact and please order the new pin cushions made by the ladies in Rikuzentakata, +81 3 3725 88 77


Broadcasting on 3-111

In memory of those affected by the devasting earthquake on March 11, 2011 NHK  broadcasted the documentary film about Kazu Huggler’s commitment in Rikuzentakata worldwide and in English.

Date & Time of broadcast was:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NHK World
1:30 AM, 5:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 01:30 PM, 05:30 PM 09:30 PM (UTC) London Time

January 2014

New Year’s Meeting at Rikuzentakata

In January 2014, I visited the Tohoku Grandmas  in Rikuzentakata. It was their first working day in the new year and we celebrated this special occasion wishing each other a fruitful and successful year.

I was touched by their invitation for lunch where they served  a typical Japanese dish. We enjoyed the time together  and I was happy to exchange about our family lives.

Since my visit in Rikuzentakata back in summer 2013, the Tohoku Grandmas achieved a remarkable improvement of their efficiency in producing orders.  The Year 2013 was a very fertile year for our collaboration.

The Grandmas produced towards 2000 articles which were ordered internationally.

For 2014, I brought along some new ideas for more products. We discussed our notions in details during the meeting. Each time I meet the Grandmas, I  am very impressed how creative they are in finding technical solutions for the production of new items. They love devellopping new designs, too. For me as a fashion designer, it is such an enrichment to share their inspiring knowledge about traditional Japanese handcraft.

This year is the 150th anniversary of diplomatic and friendship relations between Japan and Switzerland. We will keep you posted about our promising new products that are coming soon in 2014!

November 2013

Pre-Christmas Charity Shopping at KAZU

We were pleased to welcoming so many guests!

The Tohoku Grandmas products were a big successs for this year’s Christmas presents. Our studio turned into a screening room where the documentary sequel of TOMORROW beyond 3.11 was shown hourly. The guests were very interested and our little cinema was well attended.

Thank you Ile Four and Laurent-Perrier for sponsoring delicous Yuzu Sake and Champagne. We were indulged at the highest level!


 Announcement of NHK Documentary film sequel



NHK, the Japanese TV station reports on Kazu Huggler’s ongoing project with the Tohoku Grandmas of Rikuzentakata.

Tune in TOMORROW for a TV series on new movements for change after the March 2011 disaster.

TOMORROW Tohoku Grandmas succeed in the world

NHK Main Chanel Japan

Date: Sunday, November 3 2013

Time: 10:05am – 10:48am