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Thanks to Over 30,000 People…

After the success of the 2015 WMDF (edition 008), we sent a newspaper-style report to all staff, sponsors and others involved in the production of WMDF and of our co-located events, the Mogu Mogu (goods and gourmet) festival and the Waku Waku (physical activity) festival.

We would love to also send this to all our 35,000 audience, but since we can’t, here is your chance to download. It is Japanese-only  (a 3.5M pdf file), but hey it has lots of cool pictures. 


We are already well advanced in the preparations for WMDF 009, and there are lots of great new performers planning their paths across the globe to meet in Hakodate this August. For 2016, we will run for seven days for the first time, to take advantage of the new national holiday on Aug 11. What better way to celebrate “Mountain Day” than to join us in Motomachi Park on the slopes of the town’s renowned Hakodate Yama?


WMDF held its Opening Party in the restaurant Ratna for the first time. To mark being held in Goryoukaku, the groups from each country built towers. Made from balloons. Coloridas put on a session that literally got everyone dancing around the whole stage. Thanks to Hakodate City for their support and for the official presents for each group. Thanks also to our T-shirt sponsors Apparel Fukushoku Kyoukai for their t-shirt support. Motomachi Park opens from August 5th. The party rocked this much; you really should come to see how the main event takes this to another level.

PartyPhotos by Glaretone


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