Review Pre- Christmas Charity Shopping

Thank you so much for joining the Three Cranes Association annual charity shopping event on the occasion of tooka meets KAZU. During these three days we enjoyed lot of friends and visitors coming into KAZU store. We are impressed about the long lasting interests for our project to support the rebuilding of Rikuzentakata through providing work. Since we sold so many scent bags, flower brooches and pin cushions we now place new orders for 2016. For Christmas 2015 we still have beautiful products handmade by the women of Rikuzentakata, come and visit us before Christmas!

Thank you again for your warm supports. We wish you a peaceful holidays season!


Pre-Christmas Charity Shopping at KAZU

Christmas is coming and it’s that special time to join the Three Cranes Association annual charity shopping event. On the occasion of tooka meets KAZU we sell new products made by the women of Rikuzentakata.

Visit us and continue supporting citizen of Rikuzentakata through providing them work.

Thursday December 10. Vernissage  6pm – 9pm
Friday December 11. 10am -9pm
Saturday December 12. 10am -6pm

KAZU Store & Atelier
Neptunstrasse 2, 8032 Zürich

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

June 2015

Three Cranes Association at Care Team Japan Charity Bazaar

On Sunday June 28th we had the great opportunity to present and sell our textile accessories hand made by the Tohoku Grandmas in Rikuzentakata and designed by myself. My heartfelt thanks go to Mrs.Katsura Suzuki and Care Team Japan in Switzerland for their generous support! I did enjoy many interested visitors and did sell a lot of our new pro cuts as such as Scent Bags and Flower Brooches in Japanese prints.

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!


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