A Small Step for International Cooperation For yourself and for the world

– Tumu Te Varovaro, an island where the sound of happiness rings –

What is the JVC International Cooperation Calendar?

Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) is an international cooperation NGO established in 1980. The original goal was to save displaced people in Indochina. We currently have various projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the disaster area of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Our policy and aim are to address underlying causes of problems and seek ultimate solutions to issues happening all over the world.

For instance, distributing food does not always ease food shortage in the long run. Likewise, giving help to a refugee does not necessarily lead to reducing the number of refugees in total. We intend, not to simply fix and provide what is lacking, but to think together how we could create a self-sustainable community. We would like not only to save people wounded in conflicts, but aim to prevent conflicts themselves and create a peaceful society. We strongly believe in the significance of addressing the problems at the root.

The JVC International Cooperation Calendar was originally produced in 1986, for the purpose of raising awareness toward international cooperation and asking for assistance for JVC. Approximately 500,000 calendars have been sold since then. Currently, we produce JVC International Cooperation Calendar, Postcards and Smile New Year’s Cards every year. The proceeds will go to support various JVC projects around the world. By purchasing calendars and postcards, which will brighten your daily life, you can contribute to building a better world.

About the photographer: Uruma Takezawa

He was born in 1977 and has been taking photographs while traveling all over the world. He started his career as a staff photographer of a journal for scuba diving and specialized in underwater photography. He became a freelance photographer in 2004. After traveling 103 countries in the world from 2010 to 2012 (1,021 days in total), he published his travel notes, The Songlines, which is an accompaniment to the photo album, Walkabout. He got the Nikkei National Geographic Photography Award in 2014. His private photo exhibition held in New York in 2015 was well taken up by the media and gained a high reputation. He is now actively publishing photo work through photo albums and exhibitions both in Japan and abroad.

His official website URL: uruma-photo.com

The following photographs are selected for the JVC wall calendar, desk calendar, and postcards for 2020. All prices include tax.













Front cover

Essay page


12 pictures, each week starts from Sunday, phases of the moon indicated. (38.5cm × 56cm)

¥1,600 (1 ~ 9 copies)

¥1,500 (10 ~ 49 copies)

¥1,400 (50 ~ copies)


12 pictures, each week starts from Sunday, phases of the moon indicated. (17.8cm × 16cm x 7.5cm)

¥1,300 (1 ~ 49 copies)

¥1,200 (50 ~ copies)


Seven postcards of the photos used in the JVC Calendar 2020.

[Set A] Front cover + January-June

[Set B] Back cover + July-December



Smile New Year’s Cards feature illustrations drawn by children in our project areas. The children drew flowers or a mouse, the symbol of the year 2020 in Chinese astrology. Each set from No. 1 through 5 contains 10 identical postcards with the same illustration. The mixed set contains all the illustrations.


1. Afghanistan

2. Palestine

3. Palestine

4. South Africa

5. South Sudan

Mixed set

Front side

How to order

To purchase your copy of the JVC International Cooperation Calendar, Postcards, or Smile New Year’s Cards, please complete the order form. Please notice that the price of calendar will be discounted if you order in bulk. All purchases also require additional postage costs (see the order form).

Please send your order form to calendar@ngo-jvc.net. The subject line should be: ORDER JVC CALENDAR 2020 + [FIRST NAME/LAST NAME]

We will send you the ordered calendar/postcards together with a payment form, which includes all the necessary information printed. An example is shown here.

Please pay the amount at a post office or ATM. Only the ATM of Japan Post can be used. Please show this receipt to a member of the post office and pay the amount shown at the position highlighted by the red circle.

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