Our Activities (January - March 2010)
Presentation Ceremony of the Ambassador's Commendation to Mr. Azeue
The presentation ceremony of the Ambassador's Commendation to Mr. Teruchika Azeue, Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Japanese Saturday School, took place at the Embassy on March 30 in recognition of his contribution to the management of the school. In his speech, Mr. Azeue said that the Commendation was not in honour of his own achievements, but those of all the people involved in the establishment and management of the school.
(Photo 1: Mr. Azeue makes his speech, Photo 2: Mr. Azeue and his parents who came from Japan to attend the ceremony, Photo 3: Mr. Azeue, Ambassador Urabe and other guests at the ceremony)
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Welcoming the KODO Drummers
Ambassador Urabe welcomed members of the KODO taiko drumming group to his official Dublin residence on the occasion of their visit to Ireland on their 2010 European One Earth Tour. The KODO Irish tour included 2 performances in Dublin, as well as performances in Cork and Limerick.
Again this year, their performances at Dublin's National Concert Hall were sold out on both evenings and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.
The 8th JLTI Japanese Speech Contest
On 6 March Ambassador Urabe spoke at the opening ceremony of this year's 8th Japanese Speech Contest organised by the Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI) and held at the Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. The event was sponsored by the Japan Foundation, and supported by the Embassy of Japan, Japanese Business Society and Department of Education and Science. In all the categories combined, a total of 30 participants took part this year. During the break for lunch, there was a performance by the Taiseiyo Taiko drumming ensemble, and a talk on Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) by Irish Times writer Mr. John Moran. Following the comments from the judges, at the closing ceremony certificates and prizes were presented to the winners in each category and to participants. The judges commented that the level of the speeches in the secondary school categories is improving from year to year, making it a difficult task to select the winners.
There has also been an increase in the variety of nationalities among the participants. (Link to names of winners in each category.)
Ambassador Urabe Transition Year/Leaving Cert. 1 Participants
Leaving Cert. 2 Category Winners Beginner/Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced Level Participants
Ireland Japan Association (IJA) Annual Dinner
On 19 February, the Ireland Japan Association (IJA) held their annual dinner at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire outside Dublin.Ambassador Urabe referred in his opening remarks to the importance of further strengthening relations between Japan and Ireland in the difficult international economic climate, and requested members for their continuing support and participation.
Presentation Ceremony of the Ambassador's Commendation to Ms. Chie Oda
The presentation ceremony of the
Ambassador's commendation to former Chairperson of the Japan Language
Teachers of Ireland, Ms. Chie Oda, took place at the Embassy on January 27 in
recognition of the many years she has contributed to the development of
Japanese language education in Ireland and friendship between Japan and
Ireland. While Ms. Oda was working for UCD as Asian Language Coordinator, she
dedicated herself to establishing the Japan Language Teachers of Ireland,
and she has thus played a leading role in Japanese language education in Ireland.
She was also Vice Chairperson of the Ireland Japan Association in 2002 and
2003 and has contributed to the development of friendship between both