Our Activities (September 2009)
Ambassador Urabe Visits University College Cork (UCC)
Introduction by Professor Parkes Ambassador Urabe
On 28 September, Ambassador Urabe visited University College Cork (UCC) and gave a lecture entitled "Japan and its Regional Role in Asia", attended by many faculty and students despite the fact that it was the first day of term. UCC is currently expanding its programme of Asian Studies, and introduced a new Japanese language course this term.
Before the lecture, Ambassador Urabe had the opportunity to meet and discuss recent events in Ireland and abroad with UCC Vice-President Professor Paul Giller and a number of professors.
Dublin Culture Night - Shinnai Joruri Demonstration by Tsuruga Wakasanojo XI
Local TV station reporting Demonstration
with Bon Odori participants
On 25 September, a demonstration of Shinnai Joruri storytelling was held at the Chester Beatty Library as part of the programme of events for this year's Dublin Culture Night. Special Cultural Envoy and Japanese Living National Treasure Tsuruga Wakasanojo XI, accompanied by his pupil Tsuruga Isejiro on the shamisen, performed Joruri storytelling with English subtitles. The capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed this rare opportunity to hear traditional Shinnai Joruri storytelling and shamisen. Tsuruga Wakasanojo XI and his musicians also gave a demonstration at University College Cork the following week.
The Dublin Culture Night programme also included a Dance across Cultures event featuring a Japanese Bon Odori dance group, and an exhibition of works by Irish artists who have studied woodblock printmaking and papermaking in Japan.
Ambassador Urabe Attends Launch of Charity Photo Anthology "Out of Your Tree"
On 22 September, Ambassador Urabe attended the launch reception for the photo anthology "Out of Your Tree", published in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. In the collection, photos of well-known figures from various walks of life enjoying their hobbies reveal a different side to their usual public persona. The book includes a photo of Ambassador Urabe's hobby of diving. Many of those featured in the anthology attended the launch at the National Concert Hall, and were able to compare photos and sign copies of the book. The publication and launch of the book were also covered in the Irish press and media.