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Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays for Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda, Former Curator of Chester Beatty Library of Dublin

Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda

It was announced on April 29 that Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda, former curator of the Chester Beatty Library of Dublin, is to be presented with the Order of  Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, on the occasion of the conferment of decorations in the Spring 2007, in recognition of her meritorious contribution to the promotion of friendly relations between Japan and Ireland. In particular, the order recognises her outstanding role in introducing Japanese culture to the Irish people through such activities as her recording, categorising and restoration of the historically valuable collection of Japanese paintings owned by the Chester Beatty Library. In addition to her contribution as a curator, Mrs. Ushioda, who is a pioneer Japanese resident in Ireland, has also long rendered great services to the furtherance of bilateral exchanges in a wide variety of fields, including her efforts to establish the Ireland Japan Association (IJA) and the Japanese Language Saturday School in Dublin. Mrs. Ushioda is to have an audience with His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at the Imperial Palace and also to attend the decoration ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo on May 11.


The Opening of "100 Years of Tokyo" Photo Exhibition

The opening reception of the exhibition

On April 30, as part of the ongoing commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, the "100 Years of Tokyo" photo exhibition, co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII), opened at the Atrium, Office of Public Works, in Dublin. Ms. Mayumi Moriyama, President of the JCII and also an incumbent member of the House of Representatives, came from Japan to attend the opening reception held on the same day and enjoyed discussing photography with Japanese residents in Ireland and Irish photographers. The exhibition shows the transformation of Japan through about 200 photographs of Tokyo taken from 1890 to 2000.  The exhibition continues until 18 May, and we hope that many people will visit the Atrium and enjoy the exhibition


Working Holiday Programme (The Great Escape Expo at RDS)

The Embassy of Japan participated in the Great Escape Expo at the RDS Industries Hall from 21 - 22 April, as a part of the ongoing commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, and promoted the Working Holiday Programme between Japan and Ireland which was launched in January 2007 to young Irish people. At the venue, the Embassy gave presentations on the programme including its application procedure, and also introduced Japan's attraction as a tourist destination by answering inquiries and handing out a variety of pamphlets on tourism in Japan. We very much hope that young Irish people will make use of the programme to visit Japan and contribute to the further development of friendship between Japan and Ireland.

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