Our Activities (November 2007)
Ambassador Hayashi Delivered A Lecture at University College Dublin (UCD)
On 20 November, as part of the series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, Ambassador Hayashi gave a lecture entitled Japan-Ireland 50 years and Asia at the Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin (UCD). The lecture was attended by about 90 students who are taking the Asia Business Course in the School. The students higher interest in Japan and Asia was seen through a number of questions raised by them during the Q&A session after the speech.
Opening of the Ukiyoe Exhibition "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon"
On 15 November, as part of the 50th anniversary commemorative programme, Ambassador Hayashi opened the Japanese Ukiyoe/woodblock prints exhibition entitled "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, who is often referred to the "last Ukiyoe master", at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. This late masterpiece by Yoshitoshi is a collection of 100 prints on the theme of the moon, and this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to appreciate the entire collection at the same time. The exhibition will continue until 17 February 2008, and we hope that many people will visit the Chester Beatty Library. In addition, on the occasion of the opening, on behalf of the Shodo Geijutsu-In, Ambassador Hayashi donated more than 70 shodo (Japanese calligraphy) works, which were exhibited at the Dublin Shodo Exhibition in March and April, to the Chester Beatty Library.
The Departure Ceremony for the Irish WorldSkills 2007 Team
On 8 November, Ambassador Hayashi was invited as a guest of honour, together with the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D., to the departure ceremony at Croke Park in Dublin for the Irish National Team who will take part in the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka Prefecture from 14 to 21 November, and wished the team members and staff every success in the competition. This year's WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka will challenge 480 people from around the world to come together and test their technical skills in 48 skills categories.
Opening of the Exhibitions "A Pale Yellow Sky" and "Reflections on a Visit to Japan"
On 7 November, as part of the 50th anniversary commemorative programme, Ambassador Hayashi opened the two exhibitions "A Pale Yellow Sky" by Ms. Jean Duncan and Dr. Deirdre McKay, and "Reflections on a Visit to Japan" by Ms. Duncan at the Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin. "A Pale Yellow Sky" is an exhibition of art and music works inspired by Haiku written by Japanese masters such as Basho Matsuo, and "Reflections on a Visit to Japan" is comprised of art works based on Ms. Duncan's experience of a visit to Japan. Both exhibitions will continue on to 30 December, and we hope that many people will visit the Farmleigh Gallery.
Irish Open Judo Championship and Presentation of the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup
On 3 and 4 November, the Irish Judo Association held the annual Irish Open Judo Championship at the City West Conference Centre. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan, and expressing his wish for the continued success and growth of judo in Ireland, Ambassador Hayashi presented a Japanese Ambassador’s cup to each of the winners of both the Men’s and Women’s open category.
A TASTE OF JAPAN IN DUBLIN
On 1 November, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland , the Embassy of Japan and JETRO London co-organised an event “A Taste of Japan in Dublin ”at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), attended by 150 guests. Mr. Shingo Suzuki, Executive Chef of Kobe Jones, London, with narration by Mr. John McKenna, Editor of the Bridgestone Guides, performed a cooking demonstration of Sushi and Miso Shiru (Miso Soup). The event also showcased programmes on the presentation of Japanese food and sake (Rice wine). Those who attended the event were impressed by Chef Suzuki’s demo and deepened their understanding of Japanese food. The food displayed in the venue was sent directly from Japan as part of “Try Japan's Good Food, a scheme led by the Government of Japan to promote Japanese food abroad.