SAORI-HIROBA is Non Profit Organization strives to accomplish the following primary objectives:
1. Provide people with disabilities an opportunity to socialize and actively participate in community affairs.
2. Support people with disabilities enabling them to become a self reliant.
3. Train instructors to implement SAORI in their own areas.
SAORI weaving is the most popular hand-weaving method to support for people with disabilities. More than 30 % people who work in the organization such as special schools, workshelters, and rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities in Japan have SAORI weaving experiences.
SAORI weaving was introduced more than 40 countries all over the world. In these years, people from various countries such as Spain, Mongolia, Turkey, Thailand, China, Korea and Malaysia have trained SAORI weaving.
VSA(Very Special Arts) is an international non-profit organization that creates learning oppotunities through the arts for people with disabilities. The organization was founded by Jean Kennedy Smith as an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As an affiliate of VSA, VSA Japan(SAORI-HIROBA) provides worldwide support for artistic activities of people with disabilities.
"Arts as an important communication media for people with disabilities" was the theme of the first Very Special Arts Festival held in Osaka in 1992.
It was the very first integrate arts festival in Japan for people with disabilities. This created an oppotunity tostimulate public awareness of people with disabilities by displaying artistic activities. These Very Special Arts Festival have now spread throughout the country.
1992 Very Special Arts Festival in Osaka
1994 Very Special Arts Festival in Kumamoto
1995 Very Special Arts Festival in Miyagi
2002 Asia and Pacific VSA Festival in Osaka
2004 Asia and Pacific VSA Festival in Osaka