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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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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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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Film Screening, Nagatsura: Home without Land

Film Screening

Natagtsura: Home Without Land

January 20, 2016

To kick off the first meeting of 2016, the Mississauga Friendship Association will meet on January 20, 2016 to screen the documentary film Nagatsura:Home without Land. The film will be shown at 7 pm in Committee Room A, at the Mississauga Civic Centre. The film highlights the uplifting story of local resident Kazuko Moghul. “Shot on location in Miyagi prefecture, Japan and Toronto, Canada, the documentary follows Kazuko Moghul’s journey as she reunites with her sister Yuko in the wake of the tsunami that destroyed their family’s town of Nagatsura. The two sisters travel together to find surviving friends and family members, returning to the wreckage of their home to do prayers for the dead and missing. Through their unshakable love for each other and their homeland, they spark a journey of hope and recovery for their extended family and community.” The meeting starts at 7pm. Following the screening Kazuko Moghul will be on hand to answer questions about her experience. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on the film visit: www.nagatsurahomewithoutland.com/

Nagatsura Home Without Land Film Poster

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MFA Annual Potluck

The MissisPotlucksauga Friendship Association’s potluck dinner will take place Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30 to 8 pm. The event will be held at the Erindale Community Hall located at 1620 Dundas Street West. There is plenty of parking and the location is also accessible by bus. Please note there are no kitchen facilities so you won’t be able to heat your dish up at the venue. We look forward to seeing many of you on this fun and delicious evening!

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