Mississauga Friendship Association

Twin City with Kariya, Japan

Kariya Mayor Takanaka visits Mississauga

Mayor Takanaka and three delegates arrived in Mississauga on June 29th for a whirlwind visit of only 5 days.  They will visit a number of Toyota related companies in Mississauga, take part in a gift exchange, dinner with Mayor Crombie and are participating in the Canada day celebrations in both Port Credit and Celebration Square.   Saturday, July 2 they will unwind with a wine tour and dinner.  The dinner will take place at Aristotle’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant.  It is hoped that many MFA members will be able to join in the dinner .

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Making Maple Cookies at KIFA!

Making Maple CookiesMississauga Friendship Association member Jenny recently spent an afternoon with the Kariya International Friendship Association.  Jenny was a special guest at a KIFA event entitled “Lets Make Maple Cookies for Kids”.  She helped the children make maple cookies.  They also read an English language children’s story about Maple Syrup.  It looks like the kids had a great time!

Reading a story about Maple Syrup

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Mayor Crombie’s Visit to Kariya

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie recently visited Japan for a Japanese Investment Mission. She was able to include a visit to Mississuaga’s sister city Kariya in her busy itinerary.

Mayor Crombie toured Denso, met with Kariya’s Mayor Takanaka, attended official events, visited Mississauga Park, spoke at the Kariya International Friendship Association (KIFA) annual general meeting and enjoyed a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  You can read about Mayor Crombie’s time in Nagoya and Kariya in her official blog.

We are happy to report that Mississauga Friendship Association Board Member Marcelino “Frost” DaCosta’s trip to Japan coincided with Mayor Crombie’s visit.  As a result, he was able to connect with Mayor Crombie while she was in Kariya.

Mayor Crombie’s visit demonstrates her support of the twinning program between Mississauga and Kariya and assists the MFA in our role to foster the relationship between our citizens.

A collage of photos from Mayor Crombie's visit to Kariya

A collage of photos from Mayor Crombie’s visit to Kariya

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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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