100 Years since hockey brought to Japan by an Irishman
The Reverend William T. Grey, an Irish alumnus of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), first introduced hockey to Japan in 1906 at Keio University, one of Japan’s most prestigious private universities. As part of the commemorative events for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of its hockey club, the Keio University Hockey Association arranged a hockey tour by the university’s male and female hockey teams, and the teams respectively had test matches with both TCD and a team of Irish universities on 28 and 29 November 2005.
13th EU-Japan Fest in Cork
Mr. Okahiko Nishina, the leader of the Fujiwara Opera Chorus Group together with the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Deirdre Clune, Mr. Kunio Takeda, Chairman of the Operating Committee the 13th EU Japan Fest (CEO of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ted.), Ambassador Hayashi and Mrs. Hayashi. (left) Little Cherries TAMAE Jazz Orchestra (right)
The Fujiwara Opera Chorus Group from Japan made a guest appearance at an "International Celebrity Gala” held on 27 November. “Little Cherries Tamae” group from Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan was also invited by the Cork Children’s Chorus to perform in Cork for the week beginning 28 November 2005. These performances were organized by the EU-Japan Fest in cooperation with other organizations as part of the closing series of events for Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture.
Japanese parliamentarians visit to Ireland
From left to right: Mr. Kimata (Democratic Party), Mrs. Hayashi, Ambassador Hayashi, Ms. Hironaka (Democratic Party), Mr. Haku (Democratic Party), and Mr. Inuzuka (Democratic Party). (at Japanese Ambassador's residence.18 November 2005 (left) Mr. Kimata visiting St. Michael's College in Dublin to see students learning Japanese for leaving certificate. 19 November 2005 (right picture)
A Japanese parliamentarian delegation, which was comprised of a member of the House of Representatives, Ms. Mayumi Moriyama, Former Minister of Justice, member of Liberal Democratic Party, and four members of the House of Councillors including Ms. Wakako Hironaka, Former Minister of Environment, Mr. Yoshitake Kimata, Mr. Tadashi Inuzuka and Mr. Shinkun Haku, all of who are members of the Democratic Party, visited Ireland to attend "The 27th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Migration, Immigration and Integration" which was held in Dublin 17-18 November. It was organized by Parliamentarians for Global Action. The 28th Forum will be held in Japan next year.
Japan's bid for 2011 Rugby World Cup
Mr. Mori (second from right) and his delegation with the Irish press
Japan, along with New Zealand and South Africa, bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but the IRB announced on 17 November 2005 in Dublin that New Zealand has won the bid. Mr. Yoshiro Mori, President of the Japan Rugby Football Union and former Prime Minister of Japan, visited Dublin twice this year to give presentations to the Irish Rugby Football Union and to the IRB in October and November respectively.
Mr. Yoshiro Mori was also the Head of Suite when the Emperor and Empress visited Ireland for the first time in 20 years last May.
Marriage of Her Imperial Highness Princess Sayako
Photo; Imperial Household Agency of Japan
Her Imperial Highness Princess Sayako and Mr. Yoshiki Kuroda married on 15 November 2005, and Princess Sayako relinquished her position as a member of the Imperial Family. She visited Ireland in October 2000.
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