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Day 4 And finally, a bit of warmth



With flowers in her hair and grace in hand, the Thai dancer smiles – and what a wonderful smile. Her eyes brim with a joy only a performer can bring to stage and produces a transcendent warmth which reaches from the tip of her fingers to the audience – and all the way up into the sky.
The good energy brought to us by both performers and festival goers have finally granted us an occasion of good weather. Throughout the day, rays of sunlight shone upon the festival grounds in Motomachi park, bringing together good mood, good music and good people under the setting sun.
The last daylight lingers faintly in the crystals adorning the WMDF tree; and as the sun slowly dies out, the festival comes alive. Colorful banners and cozy lights sets the stage for the rhythms and beats of the world – and festival goers seeking to escape the chill of the night can find a bit of entertainment in the music box player at the front on their way out. The bells and cylinders of this wondrous instrument plays the tune of irony: “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head~”.
PHOTOS BY GLARETONE (http://www.glaretone.come)

PHOTOS BY GLARETONE (http://www.glaretone.come)

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Make sure to beat the typhoon by coming today

While the weather report for today looks beautiful – tomorrow looks less promising.


It seems we have a raging typhoon coming towards us which might hit the shores of Hakodate on Sunday. The decision whether to run tomorrow’s event or not will be announced around 13:00 on the blog.

Stay tuned – and make sure to come out today so you don’t miss out on the brand new Waku Waku Festival!
Come early and in good mood – we’ve been getting 5000-7000 hits pr day on the web, so it might be crowded.

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Day 3 Atmosphere…

IMG_3195The trumpet man blows his horn to the entertainment of his audience – producing melodies from all over the world. Throughout, the festival grounds resound with well-known tunes such as the Evangelion theme song (anime) ‘Zankoku na tenshi no you ni’ and Frozen hit (Disney) ‘Let it go’. Be it Japanese, English or something entirely different, WMDF’s trumpet man is always up for a challenge – festival goers too are more than welcome to challenge the trumpet man for a showdown.
The weather has certainly been a challenge this year but that hasn’t stopped people from turning up for a bit of festive globetrotting at WMDF. Today was yet another one of our lucky days. While the morning (again) brought rain and rough showers, the afternoon and evening (again) stayed mostly clear for the ranks of assembled festival-goers, staff and performers.
International or not, the success of any festival depends on the efforts of all participants. Cooperative effort is the main reason that WMDF manages to maintain a good festival atmosphere year after year. For example, the Gomi Project stations around the park allow our staff tohelp festival-goers sort their trash and also share a word. Our silver statue, equipped with broom and all, also provides a friendly reminder. While this statue seems rock hard and immovable, you might be lucky to catch him on the move.

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