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By David Morrison Pike
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About this project

I started the tile project in March 2011  in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The earthquake was 9.0 magnitude, the strongest to ever hit Japan and the 5th strongest to have ever been recorded anywhere. It triggered a tsunami that was over 40 meters tall. Over 19,000 people are dead or missing.


I started making the memorial immediately after the earthquake for the many people affected. I  made about 2,200 tiles. They measure 13 cm by 4 cm . All hand made so the size varies slightly.  Originally I intended to put  the names of everyone who lost their lives on the tiles and then donate them to a town or temple.  That idea didn’t work out.

Here is what I want to do.

 The tiles will be glazed white and I will fire photographic  images taken in Japan over 100 years ago onto the tiles. I chose to use these types of images because they are a tribute to the history of the Japanese people and they look nice. The tiles will come in a wooden base that can be put on your desk or a wall. For the pledges that get more tiles they will come in a wooden frame that holds 10 tiles.
Sending the tiles to people  around the world will complete this distributed memorial.

I will have a number of categories of images. I will have at least 10 different images in each categories. 

Samurai
Geisha
Kimono
Landscape
Individual Geisha
People
Misc.

Please back this project. It will help me finish this and complete this memorial.
Thank you very much for taking an interest in this.

I would like to thank Okinawa Soba for his generosity in letting me use images from his Flickr site, http://www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/

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    A sincere thank you and one image that will be on the tile emailed to you.

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    One tile with an image on it. The tile will come in a wooden frame that will act as a stand. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil.

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    A set of 4 tiles. The tiles will come in 4 wooden frames that will act as stands. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil.

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    Set of 10 tiles, choice of category. The tiles will come in a wooden frame. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil.

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    Set of 10 tiles, your choice of category, and a bowl made by me, fired in my wood fueled kiln. The tiles will come in a wooden frame. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil.

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    Set of 20 tiles, your choice of categories. The tiles will come in 2 wooden frames. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil.

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    Set of 20 tiles. The tiles will come in wooden frames. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil. I will also take you on a 4 hour tour of Naramachi in Nara when you come. Naramachi is an old area next to Nara Park. We will have to coordinate the date.

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    Set of 20 tiles. The tiles will come in a wooden frame. The wood is native Japanese cypress that is finished with a finishing oil. I will also take you to a dealers auction of Japanese textiles, I will bid for you. If you like Japanese textiles this is a great opportunity. You have to pay to come to Japan and all expenses for yourself including the textiles you buy. The auctions happen every month on the 6th.

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