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<The 11st MIFA International Exchange Festival>
The 11th MIFA International Exchange Festival was held at Meguro Persimmon Hall on Feb.7 (Sun.), 2016. 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 260 (including 60 non-Japanese) volunteers helped organized the festival. This event was co-sponsored by Meguro City and Eco-Life Meguro Promotion Association. 7 sponsors, 12 embassies, 9 performer groups, 12 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.

MIFA member Ms. Rina OTSUKI and her friend Mr. Hitoshi MURAYAMA
kindly forwarded to MIFA a poster design for the 11th MIFA festival.
They kindly helped make a script of the poster. We sincerely appreciate their cooperation.

Click the image to see a poster →
PDF file is available here (2.8MB)

★Volunteers Wanted for the 11th MIFA Int'l Exchange Festival★
Volunteers are wanted for the festival taking place at Meguro Persimmon Hall on Feb.7 (Sun.) 2016. Please give your preferred type of volunteer and activity.

■Types of Volunteers
*Committee Members:to attend Festival committee meetings
*Support Volunteers: to help organize the festival on Feb.7
※Please register yourself as a member of MIFA prior to the festival.

■Festival Committee Meetings
Oct.10 (Sat.) 13:30-15:30 ※Venue: MIFA
Nov.7, Dec.12, Jan.16, Jan.23, Jan.30 (Sat.) 10:00-12:00AM ※Venue: MIFA
*Concierge (Guide visitors around the venue)
*Booth (food/product booths, stamp rally, interaction with embassy staff 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.
*Taiwanese Tea Ceremony
*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 Assistance/Friendship Organizations
*Amusement for Children (Introduce how to play games, etc. to visitors)

■Gist of the Festival
Name of the event:The 11th MIFA Int'l Exchange Festival
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 7 (Sun.), 2016
*Theme: Look AroundーMake a Day Trip to the World!
*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 11th MIFA International Exchange Festival Committee
*Volunteers: Preparation Staff (50)/Support Staff (150) Total:200
■Sponsored by:
Häagen-Dazs Japan,Inc.
*Miyagawa Conf. CO., Ltd.
*Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
*Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

■Programs(As of Feb.1, 2016)
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
【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】(Tokyo Metropolitan Government Meat Sanitation Union Meguro Branch)
*Pork miso soup

2) Main Hall at Meguro Persimmon Hall

<Foyer 1F>(10:30-16:00)
【Ikebana】11:30-12:00 / 12:00-12:30 / 14:00-14:30 / 14:30-15:00
*Apply in advance; Limited to 5 persons per each; Fee:1,000yen (FCFS)
*Please inform MIFA via email of your name, nationality, telephone number, and your preferred time
【Drink Corner】 *Coffee and will be for sale ★100yen
【Stamp Rally】 *A giveaway will be awarded when seals are collected.
【Disaster Awareness PR 】
*Free bottled mineral water
*Meguro Disaster Survival Map / Disaster Preparedness in Tokyo
*Display of Disaster Kits
*Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. will show how to switch off/on gas in case of a disaster.
【Learn Writing System of Languages】 *A non-Japanese writes your name in his/her her language.
【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,
<Azerbaijan Embassy> *Yarpag Dormasy / Eggplant Salad / Sweet Milk Bread / Pakhlava / Pomegranite Juice
<Djibouti Embassy> *Red/White Wine / Snacks
<Egyptian Embassy (Culture, Education And Science Bureau) > *Display
<Gabonese Embassy> *Display
<Indonesian Embassy> *Indonesian handicrafts and cookies/snacks
<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 / Rwandan Artifacts / Rwandan Food
<Sudanese Embassy> *Leather Handbags / Hand Crafts / Antiques / Wallets / Necklaces
<Togo Embassy> *Fetri dessi / Fresh 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

09:55-10:05 Slides of the 10th MIFA Festival
10:00-10:05 Address of MIFA
10:05-10:10 Address of Meguro Mayor
10:10-10:15 Address of Ambassador
10:15-10:20 Report of Multicultural Forum
10:20-10:30 Cutaway
10:40-11:00 Jazz(Tokyo Metropolitan High School Jazz Circle ”Du'n'Daht”)
11:00-11:10 Cutaway
11:10-11:30 Chanson
11:30-11:40 Cutaway
11:40-12:00 Azerbaijan Music (Piano)
12:00-13:00 Cutaway
13:00-13:30 Japanese Drums, Cello, and Loach‐scooping Dance(Mango House NPO)
13:30-13:40 Cutaway
13:40-14:00 Children Chorus
14:00-14:05 Cutaway
14:05-14:25  Bangladesh in Beats and Tunes
14:25-14:35 Cutaway
14:35-14:55 Tsugaru Shamisen
14:55-15:00 Cutaway
15:00-15:20 Sudanese Dance
15:20-15:30 Cutaway
15:30-16:00 Gospel (A Society for the Study of Gospel Hiroo)

<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】
・Meguro Branch of Tokyo Administrative Scriveners Association --- Provide information
・Meguro UNESCO Association (Kopotokko Bangladesh) --- Sale of Bangladeshi Handicrafts
・Japan Pencak Silat Association --- Sale of DVD etc. / Silat uniform & Photo exhibition
・Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School --- Sale of fair-trade goods
・Chokkura Home Stay / CHS --- Clay pottery making, PR of activities
・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)
--- Photo Haiku display & "fudegraphy" demonstration
・Refugee Empowerment Network (REN) --- We sell bead accessories made by refugees living in Japan,
and use our profits to provide scholarships to refugees overseas.
・IPIL-IPIL no kai(Display) --- Exhibition of Photos to support Bosnia and Herzegovina
・Meguro Branch of Japan-China Friendship Association --- PR of activities
・Meguro City Japan-China Friendship Association --- PR of activities
・Japanese Language Group CRAYONS --- Introduction of Multilingual Electric Picture Books and Try-on Tradtional Clothes for Children

【Amusement for Children】
*Face painting
*Art balloon making
*Soft darts
*Megaphone catcher
*Let’s play in English with ALT!
*Magic catcher
*Paper copter/boomerang
*Folding paper

<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: 200yen
*Please inform MIFA via email of your name, nationality, telephone number, and your preferred time

<Rehearsal Room (B1F)>
【Try-on kimono (for non-Japanese only)】
*Time: Group A (10:45-13:00) / Group B (13:45-16:00)
*Limited Enrollment: 20 persons for each session (FCFS)
*Fee: 1000yen
*Please inform MIFA via email of your name, nationality, telephone number, and your preferred time
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

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  Content of the 7th festival (2012) Click Here   
Content of the 6th festival (2011) Click Here
  Content of the 5th festival (2010) Click Here   
Content of the 4th festival (2009) Click Here
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Content of the 2nd festival (2007) Click Here
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Doner Kebab

Azerbaijan Sweets

Polish Sweets

Game of GO

Learn Writing Systems of


Japanese Drums

Children Chorus

Tsugaru Shamisen

Sudanese Dance

Children Corner

Try on Kimono

Tea Ceremony



Mini-Japanese Conversation Salon