Japan Earthquake Relief: A symbolic charity accessory

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Praying for Japan Buttons

by Carol Pan

This series of five buttons are intended to be simple one inch in diameter circular pieces, and they are made for people of all ages to showcase their care and support for Japan. The inspiration behind my design entry comes from the traditional Japanese doll: teru teru bōzu (Japanese: てるてる坊主). This is a little traditional handmade doll usually made of white paper or cloth that Japanese farmers hung outside of their window. It is a charm that is supposed to have magical powers to bring good weather and ward off bad weather. My praying teru teru bōzu doll buttons hopes to show that many people from around the world are praying and wishing Japan a speedy recovery. There are words of encouragement circling the edge of the button. At the moment there are three languages represented: Japanese, English, and Chinese.
During this difficult time, a little symbol of hope and a string of well wishes will hopefully help alleviate some of the burden.