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.


SAORI-HIROBA (VSA arts of Japan) is an affiliate of VSA

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.


About VSA (website)


Very Special Arts Festival

"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

                                                                                          .....and more!



What's New


From KIds to Adults! SAORI wooden loom "Hiyoko"