August 12 2013 Detail about FREEHELP Store Nagata

Thank you for visiting our August 1st article.  :)

We make an important announcement today.

Our new FREEHELP store in Nagata is finally opened this month.


The opening of this store is our long cherished desire.

It will take an significant role in our activities.


Now let us introduce our new Nagata store.

It is located in a shopping mall named "ASUTA KUNIZUKA 1st Building".


This mall is accessible with 10 minute-walk from JR Shin-Nagata station to the south.  While on your way to our store, you can see the front-side of a huge Anime character statue of "Tetsujin 28-go".


After 10 minute walking under an arcade of shopping street, you can find ASUTA KUNIZUKA 1st Building where our new FREEHELP store is located.


In the first floor of "ASUTA KUNIZUKA Building 1st", you can find our newly opened FREEHELP Store after keeping on your way across the escalator of its ground floor.


And then, you will find FREEHELP Store Nagata.

A map for FREEHELP Nagata
Here is a map for our shop.
A diner of "Bokkake"
A diner of "Bokkake"

By the way, this shopping street is filled with appetizing smell of Kobe's famous local food "Bokkake", a japanese food with stewed sinewy meats and konjacs seasoned with soy sauce.


You should try it if you have a chance to visit this area.  ;)

Painting of FREEHELP Nagata
Painting of FREEHELP Nagata

This wallpaint was created by Ms. Nagahara, an artist of Takasago city.

How about customers in the grand opening day of our new store?


According to our brief research about customers of our Nagata store, they knew the information from articles of newspapers and from their friends.


In other words, they learned about our charitable activities and events for dealing with social problems.


Nagata area in Kobe is one of the most seriously damaged areas from the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.


Through surviving against their common hardships from earthquakem, the people in Nagata area believes in the importance of cooperation, so their attitude toward charities is remarkable.

The main goal of FREEHELP Nagata store is to support a NGO group "Women's net Kobe" which helps women and children sufferring from Domestic Violence issues.


Threre are two ways for supporting such a worthwhile organization, donating your old clothes to our store and buying second-handed clothes sold at our store.  The benefit from your donation and purchase is directly alloted to support for organizations as "Women's net Kobe".

An Item on sale in FREEHELP Nagata
An Item on sale in FREEHELP Nagata

Furthermore, our FREEHELP Store does not consist only of charitable activities; as a fine old-clothes dealer, we can provide you enjoyable shopping time with our wide assortment of FREEHELP Store.


It must surpass your expectation! :)


In addition to its apparel shop use, there is a reading space for children.  This calm and soothing place lets children read donated picture books while their parents browse about the shop.


On the wall of this space, an illustrator Katsumi Okejima contributed his interesting artwork.

Still more artworks are found in our FREEHELP Store.


These are the designs created by Seitaro Kuroda whose work is used as a signboard of FREEHELP Store in Kakogawa.  Why don't you visit our store to appreciate these interesting works.

Our FREEHELP Nagata store awaits your visit.


And if you have old clothes which you do not use anymore, these clothes are treasure for us to support NGOs and to solve social problems.


One requirement for donation of used-clothes is to washed them before bringing to our shop.


Basically, we are glad to accept everything as donation.  Especially old-clothes , bags and shoes are preferable.  Your donation must be a helphand for someone else.


Next time, we will introduce a NGO "Women's Net Kobe".


Thank you for reading this article.  See you!  :)


August 1 2013 Grand Opening of FREEHELP Store in Nagata

Finally, our new FREEHELP Store in Nagata is opened today.  :)


This store mainly supports for women and children suffering from the Domestic Violence issue through the profit from its old-cloth sale.  Furthermore in the Nagata store, we sets a counceling room for women in trouble with DV and the room is comanaged with "WOMEN'S NET KOBE", an organization tackling with the DV problems for more than two decade.

Preparations for grand opening had been processed perfectly, including the decoration fo the interior of store with Seitaro Kuroda's art works whose works earn a reputation due to his strong appeal for peace.  More information about Mr. Kuroda is in the article of June 21.

Here is a photo of the reading room for children while their mothers have consultation in FREEHELP store in Nagata.


On the wall of the room, you can find a design work created by a Japanese calligrapher called 'Wakkun'.  This message written in Japanese mean "we live in the same world"; we are the one and should help each other.


We hope our FREEHELP Store in Nagata could offer helphands for people in trouble.

July 6 2013 Looking for Picture Books for Helping Children

Hello everyone! :)

In our new branch store in SHIN-NAGATA, Kobe, we will make a special reading room for child where they can read and enjoy picture books while their parents have a shopping.

As our new store aims to help single mothers and poor children, this room would be helpful for such people to stay feeling relieved.

In order to improve this temporary nursery place, we need more picture books.

And now, we ask a donation of illustrated books for child:

we need your help!

We are glad to your help, and available anytime in the schedule below.

SHIN-NAGATA Store Thur. Fri. Sat. AM11:00 to PM4:00

Mon. Tue. Wed.

Thur. Fri. Sat.

AM11:00 to PM5:00

Mon. Tue. Wed.

Thur. Fri. Sat.

AM11:00 to PM5:00

Our SHIN-NAGATA Store is also available accepting your donation while now it is under preparation for its opening August 1st.

If you have picture books which you don't need anymore, we are happily accept them and surely reuse them for helping children.

Thank you for reading.
Have a good day! :)

June 21 2013 Farewell to Our FREEHELP Blue Birds in Kakogawa.

Hello everyone! :)

Please have a look of this picture below.

FREEHELP in Kakogawa
FREEHELP in Kakogawa

This is a huge signboard of Free Help store in Kakogawa.

You can find some blue birds in the paint work.

They are the symbol of FREEHELP.

 This work of art was painted by a well-known Japanese artist Seitaro Kuroda whose works are given various prizes for his powerful appeals for peace.

Mr.Kuroda's painting our signboard.
Mr.Kuroda's painting our signboard.

How meaningful his work is, isn't it.

This work attracts passenger's attention a lot and gives calm atomosphere for entire VERDE MALL, a shopping street in the south of Kakogawa station where our store is located.

 Now, let us bring up the profile of Seitaro Kuroda.

He was born in Osaka in 1939.

His energetic and powerful personality shows himself more attractive.

He is renowned as an illustrator and also a graphic designer.

Through creating fine arts, he got a lot of awards internationally.

Briefly speaking, he is a great artist.

By the way, if you are in or from Kansai region, the west side of Japan, you must be familiar with this logo.

These are the Kuroda designed stickers of FM802, a commercial radio station broadcasting on 80.2 FM to Kansai region.

 Furthermore, his strong appeal for peace is shown in his art works.

Please have a look again our signboard design picture below.

So what does the combination of the 2 flasks mean?

Each flasks are coloured in blue and red, and written upside down each other. 

In my opinion, the red one seems to be the mushroom-shaped smoke caused after the tragic event happens.

 For the other example of the location of Mr. Kuroda's works in Hyogo prefecture, you can find one at HOSINOKOYAKATA Youth Nature Hall in Himeji city.

In most of his works, you can notice the existence of birds as if he enthrusts his birds with his wish for peace.

Unfortunately, one of his great and peaceful design of FREEHELP store in Kakogawa will be lost soon after our Kakogawa brunch store closes.

How sad it is! I cannot stop crying!

The removal of this signboard will be inevitable, since the sign is painted on the wall directly.

However, we will do our best for conservating our meaningful signboard.

Incidentally, the interior of our Kakogawa branch store is like this.

The interior of FREEHELP in Kakogawa

Is this like a Boutique Parisienne in France, n'est-ce pas?

To our delight, we often have overseas guests and volunteers who live around Kakogawa city.

In the United states and in Europeern countries, for example, there are much more charitable activities and people who are energetic for volunteer events than Japan: we must pay respect to the people and welcome to our store.

Why don't you come and stop by our FREEHELP store?

And let's take a look at Mr. Kuroda's amazing art design thinking about the meaning of PEACE.

May 16 2013 A Newsflash! Our New Store!

Hello everyone!  :)

Our long-cherished wish has been fulfilled at last: we will start a new branch store in Shin-Nagata, Kobe, which is managed collaborating with a NGO group.

This new co-managed store will have two sections: one purpose for an old clothes store for aiming to make charitable activities and another for a counceling center for single mothers and poor children as if a temporary nursery and a consultation clinic.

The former project, an old clothes dealer, will be handled by our FREEHELP group,  and the latter counceling facility will be run by Women's Net Kobe, a NGO group for helping single mothers and children who have troubles.

We are now under preparation for running our recycle clothes store just same as our stores in Kakogawa, and also for making  a place of recreation and relaxation for women who have gone through DV, domestic violent.

Furthermore, this place would give helping hands as a gathering where such people who have common problems and hardships can meet and talk each other and also a workplace for them with warm consideration and understanding for their situation.

We start preparing from June 1st, and it's planned in the end of July or August 1st that our new branch store will be opened.

As same as our charitable stores in Kakogawa, our FREEHELP in SHIN-NAGATA will be managed through profits from selling and collecting recycle clothes.

We definitely need your help in donating reusable clothes.

If you have clothes you don't need anymore, we happily accept them and surely use them for helping people.

More details about our new store, Ms. Wakamatsu, a bloggins staff, will tell you soon.

Please check it out!  :)