April 12, 2018
Our Activities (March 2018)
At the Chester Beatty Library, tanka poet Hisa Kagawa gave a recital, Anatoliy Kudryavitsky made a haiku reading and the Dublin Kitsuke Society held a kimono demonstration. Despite the heavy snowfall, there was a very high attendance.
The 16th Japanese Speech Contest in Ireland, organised by the Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI) and the Embassy of Japan, was held for the first time at the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. Currently, there are more than 3000 people studying Japanese in Ireland and it is expected that those numbers will increase in the future.
On the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and bearing in mind the efforts to support the recovery of the region, an event promoting Tohoku sake was held at the Ambassador’s official residence. Despite bad weather on the night, approximately 60 guests attended and they enjoyed a performance by choral group Anuna, in addition to a speech and cookery demonstration by former JET Programme participants.
As the final major cultural event to bring the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Ireland to a close, the Yoshida Brothers performed at Tsugaru Shamisen concerts in the three cities Dublin, Galway and Waterford, and were well-received.
The Japan National Schools Rugby team, who were in Ireland from 18 March for two weeks, found time between practices and test matches to pay a visit to the Ambassador Miyoshi’s official residence where they enjoyed Japanese food prepared by the Ambassador’s chef and had a chance to meet officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union.