About Us

“Worlds Meet Japan” was formed in 2010 to secure the success and future running of the World Music and Dance Festival.

We believe in the power of mixing different worlds and different people.

“Worlds Meet Japan” is officially registered with the Japanese government as a non-profit “General Incorporated Association” (GIA), and is supported by volunteer townsfolk from all walks of life in Hakodate City. We all have full-time jobs or study outside our community work.  Some funds come from the city each year, but the bulk of our budget is covered by sponsorship and by ticket sales. Any proceeds of events go towards transformational social and educational projects locally and internationally.


  • Ian Frank – GIA Co-President & WMDF Festival director
  • Naoto Soga – GIA Co-President & WMDF Artistic Director
  • Takuma Fukuda – Secretariat
  • Motoaki Kitamura – Inspector


9-9 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido 040-0053 JAPAN