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The WMDF main event in Motomachi Park is a public stage that has free entry, but we encourage a donation. Here is how you can contribute:

5-Day Sponsor Pass, 2012 ("Shimin Sponsor Pass")

2012 Pass
2011 Kids Pass

A Sponsor Pass entitles the holder to reductions at all Mogu Mogu Festival booths during WMDF. Also included is free entry to Experience! Workshops and entrance to the Arigatou Party on Aug 10 (first come, frist served). In addition, Sponsor Pass holders can have their pass stamped each day at Motomachi Park: a full set entitles the owner to free entry to a free Arigatou Party drinks ticket. In the build-up to WMDF, the Sponsor Pass entitles the owner to free entry at all Opening Live Tour events in June, and also to savings at some businesses and restaurants around town (Japanese list only) from the start of the Opening Live Tour until Aug 11.

5,000Yen/pass --> 2,000Yen/pass for advance purchase (4 Aug or before)!
2,500Yen/Kid's Badge --> 500Yen/badge for advance purchase (4 Aug or before)!
Eligibility:elementary school or below.
The three main selling outlets (apart from any WMDF staff member) are: Citizen's Hall, Geijutsu Hall, Cafe Drip Drop (on 1F of Machi Tsukuri Center)
Tickets can also be bought from any Lawson convenience store (L code 19697). Just take the receipt to any WMDF event or one of the three main selling outlets and you can receive your physical pass.
Other venues selling passes (but not exchanging Lawson vouchers): Old Miss 菊、気ままなパン屋窯蔵、konahikigoyaselect coffee shop peacepieceTurkish Cooking Pazar BazarHakodate Kogeisha, 二代目勝手にしやがれ, base, ROYALSKOOL, RomioRi, Kinoshita Sake-ten, Village's General Store.
Sale Period
April 15 to the last day of WMDF, every year

The Sponsor Pass is symbolic of the support Hakodate for WMDF, and it expands the time and the space of the Festival: sponsors are encouraged to wear the pass as an advertisement in the run-up to the event.

One Day Motomachi Pass, 2012

2012 1 day Pass Motomachi Park is a Public Access Stage: there is no compulsion to buy a ticket. The majority of our events are public access because we want to touch the lives of as many people as possible. WMDF is registered as an official non-profit making organisation, but we don't want to be a loss-making organisation. If you are in Motomachi Park and don't want to buy a Sponsor Pass for 5,000Y we suggest a donation to buy a "One Day Motomchi Pass". Our guess at the value of a one day pass is 1000Y for adults and 500Y for children (elementary school and below). But, we offer all-comers the following proposition: pay what you think the day's experience is worth! Our festival is built on a combination of public funds, private sponsorship and ticket sales. Even 100Y for a One Day Motomachi Pass will help us to build a better event in the following year. One Day Motomachi Pass holders are entitled to the same benefits as Sponsor Pass holders at all Mogu Mogu Festival stores and WMDF shops in Motomachi Park, so you will soon start to earn your money back.

Passes & Tickets Summary 2012

Passes 2012
●Motomachi Stage: Free entry,Voluntary contributions encouraged via 5-day or one-day passes.
●Mogu Mogu Festival: Free entry, All passes entitle holders to discounts.
●Workshops: Free to 5-day pass or Kids pass holders
●Arigatou Party:Ticketed. Free to 5-day pass or Kids pass holders (Drinks separate)
●5-day pass or Kids pass holders can collect a star seal each day at Motomachi Park. A full set entitles the holder to a free drinks ticket at the Arigatou Party (Minors will not be served alcohol).
●5-day pass and Kids pass holders get various reductions at shops and businesses around town: Japanese list only

Important Information for WMDF-goers

Festival Etiquette
We are looking forward to welcoming many people to our event. To promote a happy and successful Festival we hope that WMDF-goers will keep in mind:

  • We encourage walking, cycling, or the use of public transport wherever possible.
  • Please, if you drink, don't drive.
  • We ask you to consider the lines of sight of those around you when taking spaces in the crowd, when using parasols/sunshades/umbrellas, or when carrying children on shoulders. The D in WMDF stands for Dance, so expect that people will sometimes be on their feet. The best place to remain seated is always around the rear and sides of the audience area.
  • WMDF is in principle a smoke-free event. However, there will be some clearly marked smoking areas. If you smoke in these areas, please respect the crowd around you, and dispose of cigarette butts properly.
  • WMDF is staffed by a team of friendly volunteers who are there to help, but please remember that they cannot know every detail of the event and may need to check things occasionally or refer to someone else.

Conditions of Purchase/Entry
We are grateful to everyone who supports our event, especially those who are mindful of the conditions:

  • In 2011, we introduced our "Open Japan" policy to help show the world that the country was recovering from the Great Tohoku Earthquake. We are continuing this policy of encouraging audience members to photograph and video the Motomachi Park events, and to post online to show to the world. If you like, you can use the hash tag #wmdf. Please be considerate of others when taking pictures and observe the following common sense rules: make sure that no pathways around the stages are obstructed, do not use tripods, as they will affect the view of others, and no flash photography directed at the stage, as it distracts artists and can be dangerous. For videos, we ask audience members to display common sense: we think that around one minute is a fair length to record, and our staff will ask people obviously making recordings longer than this to stop. In general, WMDF reserves on behalf of the artists the exclusive copyright for all photographs and recordings made at any venue, and the above permission to record and use images of Motomachi Stage events excludes any usage that leads to profit-making.
  • For any performance with a no photography policy (still/ video) this will be clearly signposted at the entrances to the event. Anyone seen recording at such performance without permission may have equipment confiscated.
  • No person shall interfere with plants, water fixtures, or any other installation at any of the venues.
  • No unauthorised busking or performing, flyering or pamphleting, or promotion or distribution of goods or brands other than those of WMDF sponsors.
  • There will be no refunds given for lost tickets.
  • WMDF events (including "colour" such as audience participation) will be archived by accredited camera crews and photographers. Please be aware that images obtained in this way may be used by the WMDF Committee for publicity purposes (both online and in mainstream media). Attendance at any WMDF event indicates acceptance of the "fair use" of your personal image in this way. The entry point for any query about the use of images is email to, user name wmdf.

Lost & Found
In the "Big Here", things get lost. Our advice is:

  • Please look after your valuables, but if you do lose something, check if it has been handed in at the main reception area of your event. Items unclaimed will be held at the Festival Office in the Machi-Tsukuri Center until 31 Aug (call 0138-23-8560), and then sent to the West Police Station (nishi keisatsu-sho) (call 0138-42-0110).
  • Sometimes groups may be separated. We recommend you organise to meet with children at the main reception area of your event if you do lose each other. If a lost child arrives at the the main reception area, our staff will alert festival security.

We wish you all a big, long WMDF.

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Volunteer Staff