WMDF and the Mogu Mogu Festival are brought to you by "Worlds Meet Japan". We are non-profit, and run by volunteers. Any proceeds of our event go to our work on transformational social and educational projects locally and internationally.
As we announced on Apr 7, the Corona virus situation has forced us to call off our 2020 events in Motomachi Park. Sadly, this includes our “Mogu Mogu” Festival of goods and gourmet from around the world.
Although the food, beverage and catering industries are already so affected by the pandemic, our booth collaborators gave us huge understanding and warm words for next year. These people are some of the stars of our event. In these unprecedented times, we are still thinking how we could still work together this summer… In the meantime, we are giving name checks to all the booths from previous years on our WMDF Twitter account (it is in Japanese ^^).
If you see a name of a booth or a restaurant or a shop that you have used, liked, loved or maybe drunk too much at, send them a word of encouragement. It doesn’t have to be tweet, or even online. We’re sure they’d love to get old fashioned letters or postcards!
We hope WMDF’s fans can take just a little time to show their love for some of the people struggling with the economic corona hit. (Usually, at this time of year, we are sending out our MoguFes “call for participation” to potential booth owners… In this strange year, it is the customers….)
Too many booths to choose from? Shout out a “#mogufes2020” call. They will find it, and take heart!
Although Hokkaido was released from any movement and gathering restrictions, WMDF is going to try its first online planning meeting of Core members. We suppose it is a small positive progress for us from a bad situation.
We would like to thank all the people from around the world who have been in contact with us recently. With the news changing so fast, it is hard to know what to say to everybody. We just really hope for the health of the world.
For events, it is now clear that Olympics due for 2020 in Tokyo will be delayed until at least 2021. With these kind of huge changes, it is difficult to think about WMDF, but we have a little more time to make our decision together. Many locals have told us that WMDF is the thing they look forward most each year. We will do our best!
By the way, we really liked an article we found on the Washington Post, which uses graphics to illustrate the importance of social distancing. Click on the image below, and please stay safe, everybody.
We regret to announce the cancellation of this event. Here is our translation of the official statement of the “The Children of the World Committee”.
In the final stages of the planning and preparations for our "7th Children of the World Festival" on Sun March 1, we regret to announce the cancellation. This was after giving reflection and consideration of the report of a case of Coronavirus in the sub-prefecture of Oshima.
We are very sorry for this unfortunate news for all the children and their relatives and friends, and also all the audience who were looking forward to the event, but we judged this was necessary to avoid any potential of international spread of the disease. We hope for the return to a safe environment for all as soon as possible, and we ask for your understanding.
As collaborators on the CoW event, WMDF played a part in this decision. Since WMDF artists and others overseas will be checking our site, let us add some little extra information.
The situation with this outbreak is very fluid and changing every day. So, it is hard to predict the progress. Locally, organisations such as the City Hall and businesses are taking measures for vigilance, such as stopping where possible with plans that involve the gathering of people or the mixing of people from different areas. Quite a few winter events have announced postponements or cancellations.
Amid such a background, we are starting to encounter the main WMDF deadlines for groups in May and April. We will be continuing our planning as usual, while monitoring the situation. As well as the news in Japan, there are already reports of cases in some of the countries we are working with for this year’s event. We think that at this time, health is the number one priority, so we hope that you all stay safe. A secondary focus that will grow over time if the health situation persists is the impact on local livelihoods and society. In Hakodate, WMDF will be working with other local event planners and organisations to apply our thinking power to reduce the impacts on our community as much as possible. We share with you our wishes that you and your communities will also stay strong.