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Shaplaneer Festival
— Discover global cooperation. Discover yourself. —


Since 1972, Shaplaneer Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support has been a leading nonprofit organization in the international cooperation movement in Japan by actively supporting those who are "left behind" by the development and economic growth in South Asia, including children forced into labor and women in poor farm villages. In addition to working directly in local communities, the organization also operates various projects in Japan to promote the cooperation to their efforts, including "Sutenai Seikatsu" (The Sole of Mottainai) which collects unwanted items and cashes them in for funding overseas activities, and "Craft Link" which supports sales of fair trade products from South Asian countries. Marking its 40th year of establishment this fall, the organization celebrates its anniversary by holding the Shaplaneer Festival, a special two-day event, on October 27 (Sat.) and 28 (Sun.) at Zojoji Temple (Minato-ku, Tokyo).


Naoki Ishikawa Photography Exhibition
Photo by Naoki Ishikawa
Kaori Sasaki Talk Event
Image provided by Shaplaneer

Naoki Ishikawa Photography Exhibition
Photo by Naoki Ishikawa

Kaori Sasaki Talk Event
Image provided by Shaplaneer


The event will be full of festivity by presenting a variety of programs themed on familiar topics such as art, travel, entertainment, design, gourmet cuisine, fashion, and handcrafts, as a way to help visitors understand the Shaplaneer's activities and what global cooperation is all about. Featured programs include a photography exhibition by photographer and adventurer Naoki Ishikawa, who has captured nature, culture, and lifestyles in Bangladesh; a talk event by Kaori Sasaki, a successful business woman, critic, and commentator who will speak about the empowerment of women through literacy education; and a fashion show that introduces ethnic costumes from South Asia and fair trade clothing items.


Fashion/Fair trade
Image provided by Shaplaneer SweetSmile Gourmet/Shopping 
Image provided by Sri Lankan food and beer Palette

Fashion/Fair trade
Image provided by Shaplaneer SweetSmile

Gourmet/Shopping
Image provided by Sri Lankan food and beer Palette


Visitors will also enjoy hands-on workshops to try on sari, make soaps, or learn traditional Bangladeshi embroidery. Sri Lankan curries and soy milk chai are available at food stands. The festival will have many other programs and events on schedule; visit the event information site below for more details. As its theme says, the event is designed to inspire visitors to "discover global cooperation; discover yourself." If you become interested in what Shaplaneer is doing, stop by a consultation booth within the festival site to ask any questions about international cooperation.


Sari try-on event by Shaplaneer Bangladeshi embroidery workshop Images provided by Shaplaneer

Sari try-on event

Bangladeshi embroidery workshop

Images provided by Shaplaneer


Shaplaneer Festival
■ Date & Time:October 27 (Sat.), 2012 from 11:00 to 19:00 / October 28 (Sun.), 2012 from 10:00 to 17:00
■ Venue:Zojoji Temple San-en Hall (4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
■ Admission is free and unlimited; no advance reservation necessary.No car parking available; use public transportation
Visit the organization's official website for more information
(event information page is available in Japanese only)
http://www.shaplaneer.org/40th/index.html