Children of the World, Edition 4

Children from overseas will gather in winter Hokkaido! “Children of the World” is a heart-warming festival of world dance, music, chorus and friendship. Youth artists collaborate with local kids to build this festival together.

For this fourth edition, there are three groups from overseas. “The Ranranga Dance Academy” from Sri Lanka, “Ensemble Diamonds of Anabara” from Russia and “Play Dance” group from Russia. Local groups include the “Hakodate Matoba JH School” Brass band, and a special appearance by the young-at-heart Hinokiya.

The high quality performances by children at this event always impress the adult audience. We are waiting to present you with a unique atmosphere to chase away the winter blues.

"Children of the World" Festival, Edition 4
Date: Feb 26 (Sun) 13:00 start
Place: Hakodate Shimin Kaikan (Yunokawa-cho 1-32-1)
Grops: The Ranranga Dance Academy (Sri Lanka), Ensemble Diamonds of Anabara (Russia), Play Dance (Russia), Hakodate Matoba JH School, "Honorary Kids For The Day" Hinokiya and more.
Fee: 1,000 for Adults. 500 for Students. Free for babies and little children.
Tickets: Available in Hakodate Shimin Kaikan and at door.
Organiser: The Children of the World Committee, Worlds Meet Japan GIA.
Co-organiser: Hakodate Culture and Sports Shinkou Zaidan foundation.
Contact: 0138-51-5727 (Hitococochi, Inc, apologies but Japanese only)

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Festival Study Meet in Hokkaido

DSC07774WMDF Secretariat Takuma Fukuda will be guest speaker at a Festival-themed event on Oct 29 & 30 in Kutchan.

The organisers are bringing together a diverse and unusual mix of festival practitioners and researchers from all over Japan. For instance, you can hear a presentation from Kojima Shinjiro, the boss of WESS Japan, producers of the Rising Sun Rock Festival and many other big events in Hokkaido.

Workshops and social gatherings are part of the schedule, so this is a great chance to expand your festival network!

If you are interested in festival culture, please check out the site at A 2-night inclusive plan is yours for just 20,000 Yen.

Hakodate Summer Goes On

Having helped to bring 30,000 people+ to Motomachi Park on Hakodate Yama, Ian and Brian (and a Miharu balloon mermaid mascot) took a big kayak and their snorkelling gear to a place where fewer people go: all the way around the other side of the mountain.


We think you’ll agree the scenery is pretty spectacular. There are caves, coves, and rock arches galore. Wouldn’t it be great if Hakodate City organised kayak excursions here for tourists?


Hakodate showed off its amazing natural resources with some fantastic weather this year. Why not plan to come in 2017 to enjoy our tenth anniversary in style?


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