2nd MIFA International Exchange Festival
°Ĺ To get to know each other further thru saying "Hello" °Ĺ

Report of the 2nd MIFA International Exchange Festival


The 2nd MIFA International Exchange Festival was held on Jan.27 (Sat.) and 28 (Sun.), 2007.
In total, as many as 2,000 people attended it. Under the title --°»To get to know each other thru saying hello°…--, guests interacted with staff members representing groups including six embassies in Meguro City and individuals at °»Tea Culture of Various Countries,°…
°»To get to know each other through learning languages,°… Stamp Rally, etc., through greetings.
Guests also enjoyed °»Try-on traditional clothes of various countries, using images and music, °»Try-on Kimono,°…°°°»Art Workshop for kids,°… and programs that corresponded with different interests of guests. Their smiling faces while visiting booths were really impressive.

Time: January 27 (Sat.), 28 (San.) 2007
Place: Small Hall at Meguro Persimmon Hall

Try-on traditional clothes of
various countries
Try-on kimono Picture card show for children

Tea culture of various countries (Iran) Let'us get to know each other
through learning language (Arabic)
Stamp rally saying 'Hello' in various language

Earthquake experience Closing Poster of The 2nd MIFA
International Exchange Festival

Voice of Committee Members
A Japanese Member:
It°«s always easy to draw a line between °∆us°« and °∆them°«. And at the same time, it°«s always easy to assume that people draw a line between °∆us°« and °∆themselves°«.
What is an International Festival? Is it just another °»It°«s a small world after all°…, creating and reinforcing the ethnic stereotypes we have been contaminated with, to conclude that the misunderstandings and cultural clashes are °∆unavoidable°«? Or is it just another °»help the poor countries°… or °»help the helpless(!) gaijin°… project?
MIFA wants a festival for everyone, regardless of age, nationality or Japanese proficiency. Why not help us direct where we want to get to?

I have lived abroad for quite a while during my life - 2 years in Hawaii and 6 years in the UK. I returned to Japan for my university education, and I have been looking for a community service where I can contribute to a better understanding between the Japanese and those from different backgrounds, improving lives of both foreign residents and Japanese citizens in the community. MIFA was a very friendly and very enthusiastic group. Most people were residents of Meguro-ku, and had different life experiences. Most of the Japanese volunteers speak good English or another foreign language, and have experience living abroad.

I have been in charge of °»Try on national costumes of the world°… programme for the past two festivals. National costumes proved to be attractive and very easily approachable subject for many people. We thought that appreciating the beauty of the costumes may provide as a bridge to understanding and appreciating other cultures, as well as an opportunity for people to get to know each other or their backgrounds. We made an effort, especially in the 2nd festival, so that the people who try on the costume would get to know a bit more about the country where the costumes were from, and that they get an opportunity to talk to each other.
There are also other types of programmes that have been on, or that are in perspective. What programmes we offer at the festival are re-planned every year, and we are enthusiastic for what have not been proposed yet.

MIFA festival is still on its way to improve, and most decisions are made through the MIFA International Festival volunteers°« committee. Do join us (or visit us), and have your say in the community°«s big festival!

A Korean Member:
Hello! I am a Korean residing in Japan and volunteer for launching MIFA°«s Int°«l Exchange Festival.

My reason for joining MIFA is because I was thinking of ways to promote cultural exchange between Japanese and non-Japanese people in Tokyo, and MIFA was doing exactly that.

The Int°«l Exchange Festival is held once a year. The planning staff (which is what I do) meet twice a month on Saturday mornings to discuss and design the festival for promoting int°«l exchange in a fun and effective way. Though I am still a new member (since Nov. 2006), other members and the atmosphere of the meetings are very welcoming, and staff members listen intently to opinions of each other, including that of newcomers. People especially welcome me for bringing non-Japanese insights to the discussion, which makes it fun for me to participate. And although I have to miss some of the meetings for other obligations, MIFA members are very understanding and flexible about what each member are capable of providing.

The fun things about being involved with MIFA are the great people you meet, and the people you see at the festival enjoying and intently learning and communicating about each others°« cultures and ideas. As for MIFA volunteers, the members are mainly Japanese and of all ages and backgrounds. All members are interested in getting to know non-Japanese people and to promote multicultural exchange. This makes the planning and launching of this event fun, and non-Japanese members are always welcome to participate.

As for the festival, approximately 1,500 people participated in the event. Seeing both Japanese and non-Japanese people communicating and enjoying themselves with the cross-cultural learning experience offered through the festival makes the effort and time you put into it truly worthwhile.

The next festival would be the third of its kind held in Meguro. Please join us to make the next event an even more fun and engaging experience!


     Following is the content of the 2nd MIFA International Exchange Festival

Program on Jan 27 (Sat.) only
°ŕAlgerian dance°Ř Dance by three Algerian women
°ŕIndonesian dance°Ř Dance by Indonesian students and a Japanese student
°ŕSirat°Ř Presention of Sirat (Indonesian martial arts)
°ŕElectone Performance°Ř Electone Perforamance by students taking lessons at YAMAHA
°ŕIkebana°Ř Experience Ikebana
°ŕFuro-shiki and Origami°Ř Learning how to use furo-shiki and how to fold origami

Program on Jan 27 (Sat.) and Jan 28 (Sun.)-
°ŕTry-on traditional clothes of various countries°Ř Try-on traditional clothes of various countries
°ŕTry-on kimono°Ř You can try on kimono
°ŕPicture card show°Ř Picture card show for children
°ŕTea culture of various countries°Ř Learning of tea culture of China, Taiwan, etc.
°ŕEmbassy of Kazakhstan°Ř Display of Kazakhstan, etc.
°ŕcoffee/drink corner°Ř Offer free coffee of various countries
°ŕEmbassy of Poland°Ř Sale of Polish artifacts
°ŕEmbassy of Algeria°Ř Sale/display of Algerian handicrafts, artifacts, etc.
°ŕFortune telling°Ř Experience fortune telling
°ŕArt workshop for kids°Ř Kids enjoy themselves thru workshop
°ŕEmbassy of Egypt°Ř Sale/display of Egypt handicrafts, artifacts, etc.
°ŕMake papyrus and draws hieroglyph°Ř Make papyrus and draws hieroglyphonif
°ŕEmbassy of Kenya°Ř Sale/display of Kenyan handicrafts, artifacts, etc.
°ŕEmbassy of Uzbekistan°Ř Display of Uzbek handicrafts, etc.
°ŕEmbassy of Kyrgyz Republic°Ř Sale/display of Kyrgyz handicrafts, etc.
°ŕCuisine°Ř Egyptian / Kirgyztan / Algerian / Kenyan /Thai /Others
°ŕStamp Rally°Ř You will win prize by participating in it.
°ŕTea ceremony°Ř
(Sat.: Omote; Sun.:Ura)
Experience of tea ceremony
°ŕLet'us Get to Know Each Other through Learning Language°Ř Learn greeting in different foreign language and Introduction of cultures.

Program on Jan.28 (Sun.) only Earthquake Experience Car
ʨExperience earthquake
°ŕIndonesian dance°Ř Dance by two Indonesian women
°ŕThai Dance°Ř Thai dance
°ŕChild kung fu°Ř Presentation of kung fu by children
°ŕIntroduction of Kyrgyz Republic°Ř DVD, song, and music performance
°ŕSumie (Chinese-ink Painting°Ř Experience Chinese calligrapy
°ŕExperience earthquake°Ř Prepare eathqukaes through experience
°ŕPhilippino chorus & Bamboo dance°Ř Chorus by Philippino students and bamboo dance
°ŕElectric organ & vocal°Ř Sing a song to the music of the electric organ


* Day 1 January 27 ° Sat.°ň *

Place 9:00-11:30 11:30-12:00 12:00-12:20 12:20-12:50 12:50-13:00 13:00-14:00 14:00-14:20 14:20-14:50 14:50-15:10 15:10-15:40 15:40-16:00 16:00-16:30 16:30-17:00 17:00-
Hall (Front) Preparation Opening Ceremony
(Say 'Hello.' in various language /Algerian dance /Indonesian dance)
Performance of electronic organ Picture Card Show Try-On kimono Try-On traditional clothes Sirat Try-On traditional clothes Try-On kimono
(-16:50)
Hall (back and around) 8) Embassy of Kazakhstan
9) Coffee Service
10) Embassy of Poland
11) Embassy of Algeria
12) Make papyrus and draws hieroglyph
13) Art Workshop for Kids
14) Embassy of Egypt
15) Ikebana
16) Origami (12:00-13:30) 16) Froshiki (14:30-16:00)
17) Embassy of Kenya
18) Tea culture for various countries
19) Tea Ceremony (OmoteSenke)
20) Embassy of Uzbekistan
21) Embassy of Kirghyz Republic
Foyer 1) Egyptian Cuisine
2) Kyrgyz Cuisine
3) Algerian Cuisine
4) Stamp Rally
5) Kenyan Cuisine
6) Thai Cuisine
7) Various Cuisine (Using Corriander)
Practice Room 1 Changing room for stage performances
Practice Room 2 Changing room for stage performances
Practice Room 3 Resting room for visiters / Play videos of embassys / Fortune telling
Reharsal Room Let's get to know each other through learning lamguages
Meeting Room Staff anteroom
Child Care Room °°
Temporary Bike Park °°


* Day 2 January 28 ° Sun.°ň *

Place 9:00-10:00 10:00-10:30 10:30-10:50 10:50-11:00 11:00-11:10 11:00-11:10 11:30-12:00 12:00-12:20 12:20-12:50 12:50-13:00 13:00-14:00 14:00-14:20 14:20-14:40 14:40-15:00 15:00-15:30 15:30-16:00 16:00-
Hall (Front) Preparation Child Kung fu Indonesian dance Thai dance Try-On kimono Try-On traditional clothes Picture Card Show Introduction of Kirghyz Republic Try-On kimono Try-On traditional clothes Closing Ceremony
(Say "See you again' in various languages /Philippino chorus /Sing together "We are the world".)
Hall (back and around) 8) Embassy of Kazakhstan
9) Coffee Service
10) Embassy of Poland
11) Embassy of Algeria
12) Make papyrus and draws hieroglyph
13) Art Workshop for Kids
14) Embassy of Egypt
°°
16) Sumie (Chinese-ink painting)
17) Embassy of Kenya
18) Tea culture for various countries
19) Tea Ceremony (UraSenke)
20) Embassy of Uzbekistan
21) Embassy of Kirghyz Republic
Foyer 1) Egyptian Cuisine
2) Kyrgyz Cuisine
3) Algerian Cuisine
4) Stamp Rally
5) Kenyan Cuisine
6) Thai Cuisine
7) Various Cuisine (Using Corriander)
Practice Room 1 Changing room for stage performances
Practice Room 2 Let's get to know each other through learning lamguages
Practice Room 3 Resting room for visiters / Play videos of embassys / Fortune telling
Reharsal Room Changing room for stage performances
Meeting Room Staff anteroom
Child Care Room °°
Temporary Bike Park °° Earthquake Experience (12:00-15:00)

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