Asahigawaso opened as a comprehensive health and welfare facility in 1956. These days the organization comprises 85 facilities and services throughout Okayama and Ehime Prefectures supplying health and welfare for the disabled, welfare services for people with mental and physical disabilities, welfare services for children and the elderly, community health services, counseling and support, and training and research. Asahigawaso has housed a range of people with disabilities, from infants to the elderly, who have engaged in various creative work as part of their leisure and daytime activities. Nowadays too, many users engage in all areas of artistic activities like painting, sculpture/modeling, handicrafts and music, no matter what their level of disability or age. In 2010 the Asahigawaso Art Gallery opened, enabling facility users’ works to go on permanent display.

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