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

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.

Photographs of the JVC International Cooperation Calendar are taken and selected by leading professional photographers. The photographer of the 2019 calendar is Kazuyoshi Nomachi, who has been taking photos of local people in various areas of the world. The title of the calendar is “Sky doesn’t know borders.” You will surely enjoy his wonderful shots that describe the daily life of people throughout the world.

About the photographer

Kazuyoshi Nomachi is a Japanese photographer born in Kochi prefecture in 1946. After learning photography under Takashi Kijima, he is working as a freelance photographer since 1971. He visited the Sahara Desert in 1972, which inspired him to visit many other places in Africa, including the Nile and Ethiopia. In the late 1980’s he focused on the life and religion of the people who live in a harsh climate, and took photographs in the Middle East and Asia. From 2000, he has mainly covered the Andes and India.

His photographs have been published in many internationally recognized photo albums such as “The Sahara”, “The Nile”, “Tibet”, “Pilgrimage to Mecca”, and “Pilgrimage to the Earth”. He held the photo exhibition “Pilgrimage to Sacred Places” in Tokyo, Rome, Milan, Taipei, and so on. He has received many awards including Domon Ken Award, New Face Award for the Artistic Selection by the Minister of Education, International Award of the Photographic Society of Japan, and the Medal with Purple Ribbon 2009.

Official website of Kazuyoshi Nomachi

The following photographs are selected for JVC wall calendar, desk calendar, and postcards 2019. All prices include tax.













Front cover

Back cover


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

¥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. (17.8 cm×16 cm)

¥1,300 (1 ~ 49 copies)

¥1,200 (50 ~ copies)


Seven postcards of the photos used in the JVC Calendar 2019.

[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 either wild boar, the symbol of the year 2019 in the Chinese astrology, or other pictures. Each set from No. 1 through 10 contains 10 identical postcards with the same illustration. The mixed set contains all the illustrations.


1. Afghanistan

2. Afghanistan

3. Cambodia

4. Cambodia

5. Cambodia

6. Palestine

7. Laos

8. South Africa

9. South Sudan

10. South Sudan

How to order

To purchase your copy of 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 2019 + [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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