Mississauga Friendship Association

Twin City with Kariya, Japan


If you love Japanese culture, we have a number of exciting upcoming events. Please check out our list of events below:


MAY 2016
May 5 Annual General Meeting of MFA – Committee Room A, Civic Centre 7pm-9pm
May 7 Membership Drive at Kariya Park – Kariya Park 1pm to 4pm
May 28 Mural Painting at Kariya Park – Kariya Park 9am to 1pm
JULY 2016
July 2 Mayor Takenaka Visit – Dinner open to all members TBD 6:30pm to 9pm
July 6 Meet & Greet Delegates – Great Hall 5:30pm
July 7 Rattray Marsh Walk – Rattray Marsh 9:30 to 10:30am
July 8 Niagara Falls Trip – Civic Centre, $75 for non-hosts 9am to 8pm
July 9 Farewell BBQ – Ron Starr’s home, $15 for non-hosts 5pm to 9pm
July 10 Japan Festival Mississauga – Free event at Celebration Square 12pm to 8pm
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Kariyakita High School Delegation 2016

The Mississauga Friendship Association had the honour
of once again welcoming a lovely delegation of students from Kariyakita High School. Ten students including their wonderful leaders Takanori Ito and Makiko Yamamoto, shared Japanese culture with a variety of groups around Mississauga including St. Francis Xavier, Steven Lewis Secondary School and Greater Toronto Language School – an international English school. MFA members along with friends and family had the pleasure of watching KKHS students deliver a beautiful presentation on Japan which included a traditional tea ceremony, and an interactive calligraphy lesson.

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Urgent Need for Host Families

One of the key activities of the MFA is facilitating a homestay program for a few days each summer for ten citizen delegates from Kariya.

There is currently an URGENT need for host families to continue this program.  

Canada Day with the delegation from Kariya.

Hosting is a great way to learn about Japanese culture, make a new friend and help promote Mississauga and Canada. Host families must be able to provide a bedroom for approximately 5 nights, transportation, either by car or bus, to various activities and be willing to take your guest on an outing on the “free day.”

This year the delegation willJapanese delegate with hosts. arrive July 6 and depart on July 11.

Host families are not paid but do receive a number of benefits including various lunches, dinners and an expenses paid trip to Niagara Falls. Please consider hosting so we can continue to provide this activity to our sister city citizens.




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Student Delegation To Visit from Kariya Kita High School

Student Delegation To Visit From Kariya Kita High School

Ten students and two teachers from Kariya Kita High School will visit Mississauga for a cultural exchange from March 19 to 26, 2016.

The MFA has helped to develop a varied and interesting itinerary for the students including a trip to Niagara Falls, maple programming at Bradley Museum and opportunities to showcase their culture with a local girl guiding group.

The students will visit schools from three different school systems. They will spend one day at their twin school, Stephen Lewis Secondary School, as well as a day at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School and the Greater Toronto Language School (GTLS) which is a private ESL school.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make these opportunities happen!

On March 23, the delegates will showcase their culture at our MFA social meeting. This will take place from 7 to 9 pm at Frank McKechnie Community Centre, 310 Bristol Road East. Please plan to attend to support the students and give them a warm Mississauga welcome.

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Kariya Park Beautification Project

Kariya Park Beautification Project

The City of Mississauga has invited the Mississauga Friendship Association to participate in a community beautification project to improve Kariya Park. Two murals will be painted on the doors of the utility sheds featuring cherry blossom/garden motifs. The murals will be drawn by City staff onto the buildings and volunteers will use paint brushes, rollers and latex paint to complete the designs. No experience is necessary. Anyone interested should mark their calendar for Saturday, May 28 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. If you are interested in helping out, please let Stephanie know.

Final design for the South door.

Final design for the South door.

Final design for the North door.

Final design for the North door.

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