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■12th MIFA International Exchange Festival

The 12th MIFA International Exchange Festival was held at Meguro Persimmon Hall on Feb.5 (Sun.), 2017. It was visited by 2,000 people including 400 non-Japanese. A festival committee was launched in October last year and prepared for the event, and 310 (including 80 non-Japanese) volunteers helped organized the festival. This event was co-sponsored by Meguro City and Eco-Life Meguro Promotion Association. 6 sponsors, 12 embassies, 10 performer groups, 14 international cooperation/friendship groups, and 5 ethnic restaurants and others took part in this festival, who made a wonderful event of international friendship. We sincerely extend to them our sincere appreciation.

       
 1.Welcome Drumming 2.MIFA Chief Director   3.Meguro Mayor 4.Kyrgyz Ambassador 
       
 5.Jazz(JIKS)  6.Chanson  7.Indonesian Dance1  8.Indonesian Dance2
       
 9. JapaneseDrumming (Haramachi Elementary School)  10.Children Chorus  11.Togolese Song  12.Chorus
       
 13.Japanese Drumming (Mango House NPO)  14.Jazz (Kokusai High School)  15.Nagauta  16.Kyrgyz Music 
       
 17.Tsugaru-shamisen  18.Sudanese Dance 19.Uzbek Dance  20.Peruvian Dance  
       
 21.Thai Food 22.Sri Lankan Food  23.Turkish Food  24.Chinese Food   
       
 25.Indonesian Food  26.Concierge  27Ikebana 28.Algerian Embassy  
       
 29.Indonesian Embassy  30.Uzbek Embassy 31.Egyptian Embassy  32.Gabonese Embassy   
       
 33.Kyrgyz Embassy 34.Kenyan Embassy  35. Sudanese Embassy 36.Togolese Embassy   
       
 37.Nepalese Embassy 38.PolishEmbassy   39. Rwandan Embassy 40.Eco-station  
       
41.Drink Corner   42.Stamp Rally 43.Disaster Awareness  44.Writing System1   
       
 45.Writing System2 46.Game of Go   47.Mini-Japanese Conversation Salon  48. Japanese Calligraphy
       
 49.Japanese Language Group CRAYONS  50.Himonya Police Station  51.Meguro UNESCO Association 52.Taiwanese Tea Ceremony   
       
53.Seisen International School  54.Meguro Branch of Tokyo Administrative Scriveners Association    55.Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School  56.SOCIETE FRANCO-JAPONAISE JIYUGAOKA  
       
57.Meguro City Japan-China Friendship Association 58. Global Peace Foundation Japan  59.Meguro Branch of Japan-China Friendship Association 60.IPIL-IPIL no kai  
       
61.Multilingual Picture books - RAINBOW  62.The Archives of The World Languages   63.Kokka-no-wa Project  64.Meguro International Haiku Circle 
       
65.Let’s play in English with ALT!  66.Bamboo Dance   67.Face-painting   68.Try-on Kimono1 
       
69.Try-on Kimono2   70.Tea Ceremony1   71.Tea Ceremony2   72.Guests from Embassy and Meguro City Officials 
       
73.Friendship Party for Volunteers      

The poster has made based on a design contributed by Ms. Majkut Patrycja from Poland. Her cooperation has been really appreciated.
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■Gist of the Festival
Name of the event:The 12th MIFA Int'l Exchange Festival
Purpose:
1) To make residents of Meguro City better familiar with MIFA
2) To deepen international friendship and mutual understandings
Date: 10:00-16:00 on February 5 (Sun.), 2017
Theme: Go Meet Friends from around the World!
Venues:
*Main Hall at Meguro Persimmon Hall(1ー1ー1, Yakumo, Meguro-ku)
*Meguro Kumin Campus Park(1ー1ー12, Yakumo, Meguro-ku)
Organized by: Meguro International Friendship Association(MIFA)
Co-organized by: Meguro City, Eco-life Meguro Promotion Association
Managed by: The 12th MIFA International Exchange Festival Committee
Volunteers: Preparation Staff (50)/Support Staff (150) Total:200
Sponsored by:
*Haagen-Dazs Japan, Inc.
*MEGURO GAJOEN
*Miyagawa Conf. CO., Ltd.
*POKKA SAPPORO FOOD&BEVERAGE LTD
*Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
*TOKYU CORPORATION

Programs(As of Jan 13)
1) Meguro Kumin Campus Park(10:30-16:00)
【Indonesian Food】(Tokyo Indonesian School)
*Satay(lamb) / Nasi Kuning / Nasi Goreng / Mie Goreng / Mie Ayam / Flinger Food
【Chinese Food】(Shanghai Delica)
*Fried Soup Dumpling / Soft Ice Cream
【Turkish Food】(Cafe Restaurant Sabalan)
*Doner Kebab / Turkish Beer
【Thai Food 】(Songkran)
*Green Curry / Tom yum ramen / Thai Rice Noodles)
【Sri Lankan Food】(Ceylon Inn)
*Vegetable Godamba / Sri Lankan Fried Noodle / Nibbles
【Japanese Food】

2) Main Hall at Meguro Persimmon Hall
<Foyer 1F>(10:30-16:00)
【Meguro Police Station】Disaster/Crime Prevention PR
【Crayon】Play video cheeing up countries participating in Rio Olympics
【Ikebana】11:30-12:00 / 12:00-12:30 / 14:00-14:30 / 14:30-15:00
*Apply in advance; please click here.
Limited to 5 persons per each; Fee: 1,000 yen (FCFS)
*Please inform MIFA via email of your name, nationality, telephone number, and your preferred time
【Drink Corner】
*Coffee and cocoa drink will be for sale ★\100
Stamp Rally】
*A giveaway will be awarded when seals are collected.
【Disaster Awareness PR 】
*Tokyo bottled water ★free of charge
*Meguro Disaster Survival Map / Disaster Preparedness in Tokyo
*Display of Disaster Kits
【Learn Writing System of Languages】
*A non-Japanese writes your name in his/her her language.
For details, click here.
【Japanese Game of GO】
*A lesson for beginners / Play GO with an experienced player
【Embassy located in Meguro City & Their Friendship with Visitors】
<Algerian Embassy>
*Couscous / Cakes / Mint Tea / Sand Rose / Jewelry / Leather Goods /
Traditional Clothes / Carpet
<Egyptian Embassy (Culture, Education and Science Bureau) >
*Perfume / Papyrus / Ornament
<Gabonese Embassy>
*Display
<Kenyan Embassy>
*Black Tea / Black Tea Leaves / Kenyan Artifacts / Kenyan Accessories
<Kyrgyz Embassy>
*Display of photos and Distribute Pamphlets
<Nepalese Embassy>
*Felt Goods / Necklaces / Muffler / Woolen Vest / Woolen Hats
<Polish Embassy>
*Sale of Polish merchandize and cookies
<Rwandan Embassy>
*Rwandan Coffee / Rwandan Tea / Banana Cakes / Pound Cakes / Coffee Beans /
Tea Leaves / Banana Leave Cards / Macadamia Nuts
<Sudanese Embassy>
*Leather Handbags / Handbags / Hand-crafts / Antiques / Wallets / Necklaces
Bracelets / Hibiscus
<Togolese Embassy>
*Fetri dessi & Abolo / Fruit Ginger Juice
<Uzbekistan Embassy>
*Display of artifacts and traditional clothes

<Foyer 2F>(10:30-16:00)
【Mini-Japanese Conversation Salon】
*Enjoy Talking with a non-Japanese/Japanese in Japanese  
【Japanese Calligraphy】
*Learn how to write hiragana, katakana, and Chinese characters
*Your Name in Japanese Kanji with Brush Calligraphy

<Stage>(10:00-16:00)
09:50-09:55 Japanese Drumming to Welcome Guests
09:55-10:00 Slides of the 11th MIFA Festival
10:00-10:05 Address of Mayor of Meguro City
10:05-10:15 Address of Ambassador
10:15-10:25 Cutaway
10:25-10:45 Big Band Jazz(JIK Spirits Jazz Orchestra)
10:45-10:50 Cutaway
10:50-11:05 Chanson en Fancais(SOCIETE FRANCO-JAPONAISE JIYUGAOKA)
11:05-11:10 Cutaway
11:10-11:20 Indonesian Dance(Tokyo Indonesian School)
11:20-11:25 Japanese Drumming (Haramachi Elementary School)
11:25-11:30 Children Chorus(NPO Meguro UNESCO Association Cosmos)
11:30-11:35 Singing to the Piano (Togolese Embassy)
11:35-11:40 Chorus(Tokyo Indonesian School、Haramachi Elementary School、Cosmos、Togolese Embassy
11:40-11:45 Cutaway
11:45-12:00 Japanese Drums(Mango House NPO)
12:05-13:00 Cutaway
13:00-13:20 Big Band Jazz(Tokyo Metropolitan High School Jazz Circle Du'n'Daht)
13:20-13:25 Cutaway
13:25-13:45 Nagauta(Yakumo International Nagauta Kai)
13:45-13:50 Cutaway
13:50-14:10 Kyrgyz Ethnic Instrument Music(Kyrgyz Embassy)
14:10-14:15 Cutaway
14:15-14:35 Tsugaru Shamisen(GAKUFU)
14:35-14:40 Cutaway
14:40-15:00 Sudanese Dance(Reika Sudanese Dance Group)
15:00-15:05 Cutaway
15:05-15:25 Uzbek Dance (GULISTON)
15:25-15:30 Cutaway
15:30-15:50 Peruvian Dance (Asociacion Marinera Japon)

<Small Hall (B1F)>(10:30-16:00)
【Exhibition of MIFA Activities】
【Taiwanese Tea Ceremony】11:00-11:30 / 12:00-12:30 / 13:00-13:30 / 14:00-14:30
 --- Free of charge
【Groups of International Cooperation/Friendship】
Seisen International School
Meguro Branch of Tokyo Administrative Scriveners Association
--- Provide information
Meguro UNESCO Association (Kopotokko Bangladesh)
--- Sale of products
・Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School
--- Sale of Fairtrade goods
Kokka-no-wa Project
---PR of activities, Sale of can badges & Madagascar/Nepalese products
・Meguro City Japan-China Friendship Association
--- PR of activities
Japanese Language Group CRAYONS
--- Display of videos cheering up nations participating in Rio Olympics
(※This activity is to take place at the 1st floor of Main Hall)
Multilingual Picture books -- RAINBOW
--- Introduction to 50 overseas picture books
Meguro Branch of Japan-China Friendship Association
--- PR of activities
Global Peace Foundation Japan
--- Introduction to Multicultural Omotenashi Festival and Overseas
Volunteer Activities
IPIL-IPIL no kai(Display)
--- Exhibition of Photos to support Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sale of roses & products of Ishinomaki City
The Archives of The World Languages
--- Reading out Folk Tales/Picture Books,
Quiz about languages 11:00-、12:00-、13:00-、14:00-、15:00-)
Meguro International Haiku Circle(Monthly English Haiku Workshop)
--- Exhibition and demonstration of Photo Haiku & English Haiku Calligraphy
SOCIETE FRANCO-JAPONAISE JIYUGAOKA
--- Provide information, sale of accessories and herb tea
Videos of French horn and accordion
Accordion and guitar performance

【Amusement for Children】
*Face painting
*Art balloon making
*Bamboo Dance
Details are shown here.
<1st Practice Room (B1F)>
【Tea Ceremony】
*Time: 11:00-12:00 12:00-13:00 13:00-14:00 14:00-15:00
*Limited Enrollment: 20 persons for each session (FCFS)
*Fee: \200
*Apply in advance; please click here
<Rehearsal Room (B1F)>
【Try-on kimono (for Int'l residents only)】
*Time: Group A (10:45-13:00) / Group B (13:45-16:00)
*Limited Enrollment: 20 persons for each session (FCFS)
*Fee: \1,000
*Apply in advance; please click here
*Schedule
Group A
10:45 Meet
11:00-12:00 Try-on Kimono
12:00-12:30 Photo Session
12:30-13:00 Change Clothes
Group B
13:45 Meet
14:00-15:00 Try-on Kimono
15:00-15:30 Photo Session
15:30-16:00 Change Clothes


Volunteers are wanted for the festival taking place at Meguro Persimmon Hall on Feb.5 (Sun.) 2017.
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Groups who could perform at the festival are wanted.
Note: Application deadline is Nov.2 (Wed.).
●Application has been closed.
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★★★ Try and Present Taiwanese Tea Culture★★★
Please inform MIFA if you are interested in presenting to visitors how
Taiwanese enjoy tea. ※Tea utensils are available at MIFA.
●Click here for details!(請按這里!)→PDF file
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Please give your preferred type of volunteer and activity.

★Let's make a gorgeous festival flyer!
MIFA is looking for volunteers skillful in using Adobe Illustrator who could kindly help design flyers (A4, B4) for the festival.
Please contact MIFA if you are interested in it.

○Types of Volunteers
Committee Members: to attend Festival committee meetings and Support Volunteers: to help organize the festival on Feb.5
※Please register yourself as a member of MIFA prior to the festival.

○Festival Committee Meetings
Oct.8, Nov.5, Dec.3, Jan.14/21/28(Sat.) 10:00-12:00AM ※Venue: MIFA
★1st Committee meeting: Oct. 8 (Sat.)10-12A.M.

○Activities
*Concierge (Guide visitors around the venue)
*Booth (Interaction with embassy staff, stamp rally, and Eco-stations)
*Record (Shoot videos and take photos)
*Japanese Traditional Culture (Ikebana, Tea Ceremony, Kimono, GO,
and Calligraphy)
*Disaster Awareness
*Drink Corner ※Revenue will be used to support MIFA activities.
*Interaction with embassy staff
*Writing System (Help visitors to learn writing system of languages)
*Mini-Japanese Conversation Salon
*Volunteer Party Team: Help organize the party
*Stage:Help organize programs at Main Hall Stage
*Display of Photos of MIFA activities
*Booths of International cooperation/Friendship Organizations
*Amusement for Children
(Introduce how to play games, etc. to visitors)
Apply: Inform MIFA via email (info@mifa.jp) of
your MIFA membership No., name, nationality,
name of the school you are enrolled in, and phone number.


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