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Our Activities (October 2007)



Book Launch of "Our Shared Japan"

The Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland and Poetry Ireland jointly launched a poetry book “Our Shared Japan” with all the poems with Japanese themes (with an afterword by Seamus Heaney, an Irish Nobel laureate in literature). At the launch ceremony attended by Ambassador Hayashi, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State Mr Tom Kitt gave a congratulatory speech, and a few poets read their poems which were contained in the book.


Lecture Series on Japanese Animation by Mr. Nobuyuki Tsugata

As part of the ongoing commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, a series of lectures on Japanese animation by Mr. Nobuyuki Tsugata, a Japanese animation historian of Kyoto Seika University, was held at the Irish Film Institute on 1 October, at Dublin City University on 2 October, and at Trinity College Dublin on 3 October. Each lecture was very successful and welcomed by the audience of more than 200 people in total, including Irish anime fans and animators, who listened with great interest to Mr. Tsugata's lectures based on his research in the relatively new field of the history of Japanese animation. Even after the lectures, Mr. Tsugata was greeted with questions after questions by enthusiastic anime fans.

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