IJA supports Pieta House and its work

Ireland Japan Association is delighted to announce that this year, after a very successful Annual Dinner event, the IJA Council made a decision to donate all the surplus money – 2,000 euros – that were made from the event tickets, to a selected charity – Pieta House.

Marie Peelo, Pieta House Deputy Director of Fundraising and Advocacy, expressed her gratitude to the IJA for the generous donation: ‘Many thanks for your very generous donation to Pieta House.  We are very grateful for this donation which will save lives.’

Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. In 2006, Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin and has grown to almost 270 therapists and administration staff with almost 6,000 people availing of organization’s services on 2016. Pieta House also operates the Suicide Bereavement Counselling centres providing free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide. Pieta House also offers a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service and the Freecall 24/7 suicide helpline.

IJA Annual Dinner 2018 took place on Friday, 16th February at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin and was attended by more than 110 guests – IJA Corporate and Individual members, honorary guests and friends.

The IJA celebrated our ‘National Treasure’, Mrs. Ushioda, at a Book Launch

The Ireland Japan Association (IJA) celebrated our ‘National Treasure’, Mrs. Ushioda, at a Book Launch on Tuesday, April 17th 2018.

The IJA hosted a very special event to celebrate the launch of memoirs by our founding member, Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda – Caring for Japanese Art at the Chester Beatty Library. My Half-Century in Dublin.

The story begins in 1960, when she traveled from Tokyo with her young son to join her husband, a research-fellow at University College Dublin. Beginning as a volunteer at the Chester Beatty Library in 1970, she would go on to become curator and accompany masterpieces loaned by The Chester Beatty Library to special exhibitions all around the world. Both inspiring and heartfelt, Mrs. Ushioda’s memoir will be of interest to both lovers of Japanese Art and those interested in Irish-Japanese relations.

Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda | Photo: Embassy of Japan in Ireland

Ushioda-sensei was born in 1931 in Mito, Japan, and moved to Dublin in 1960. In 1970, she began volunteering at the Chester Beatty Library, and was promoted to curator of the Japanese Arts Collection in 1980. She retired in 1996, and currently lives in Dublin with her husband. Mrs. Ushioda is also a founder member of the IJA.

The lunch was attended by long standing IJA Members, who each gave a brief synopsis on their first introduction and relationship with Mrs. Ushioda. Her passion for Ireland and Japanese art in Ireland was clearly evident. She was even described as a ‘National Treasure’ by one member, which was later confirmed by Ms. Midori Yamamitsu of the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

Book can be purchased at the Chester Beatty Library, online and at major booksellers across Ireland.

Experience Japan Festival 2018 is here!

This weekend bring your friends, your family, your kids, your dogs (on leads!) and your picnics to Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin for Experience Japan 2018!

This year festival organizers have promised Japanese and Irish music and dance on the main stage, traditional and modern Japanese cultural activities around the park, martial arts displays, activities for kids and a wide range of food from Japanese restaurants.

Ready to Experience Japan?

Less than a month to go til our Festival Day on 23 April!

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If you are a fan of Japanese martial arts, come along to see three karate groups, three swords groups and two ‘throws’ groups demonstrate their skills on martial arts stage.

Love fashion? There’s a great exhibition of Irish and Japanese womenswear in Farmleigh Gallery, contrasting and linking the outlooks of Japan and Ireland. You can visit exhibition on the festival day, more information about it can be found here.

Who’s hungry? Experience Japan is delighted to welcome back some old friends and some new so you can enjoy the best Japanese food and experience also the taste of Japan. Look out for stalls from some of Ireland’s top Japanese food suppliers Yamamori Noodles, Oishii Foods, Wa Cafe, Kokoro Sushi Bento, Asia Market, Musashi Noodles & Sushi Bar, Fused by Fiona Uyema and more.

How to get there? Experience Japan Festival is held in the beautiful grounds of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Dublin Bus will provide a FREE RETURN SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE to the Festival Day in Farmleigh on Sunday 22 April 2018. The service will be greatly expanded this year with 15 buses running between stop 7078 on Parkgate Street and the Chesterfield roundabout just outside Farmleigh. Buses will run between 11:30am and 6pm. Please note that car access is extremely limited. You can find more information here.

More information, full festival programme and useful tips can be found here!

Photos & video: experiencejapan.ie

EU-Japan News – March 2018 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the March 2018 Newsletter is available now with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, Enterprise Europe network news and lots of other useful information and links.

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST).

It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full Newsletter here.

*Note to the IJA members* If you would like to contribute to the EU-Japan Centre Newsletter, please contact us at info@ija.ie for more details.


Clerkin Lynch join IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome legal services provider Clerkin Lynch on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

Our new members at Clerkin Lynch has sent this message to share with the IJA members:

Hajimemashite (Nice to meet you)!

We are a small commercial law firm based in Dublin and have recently celebrated 10 years in business.

Clerkin Lynch seeks to provide an alternative to traditional large and medium sized commercial law firms and provide a range of legal services, with a particular focus on Commercial and Financial Law.

The partners, Kevin Lynch and Niall Clerkin, are interested in the region of East Asia and would like to open up opportunities that are not readily available to other firms of this size. Our partners have both visited Japan and were highly impressed with the business culture that they encountered. They have seen that there are many opportunities to promote Japanese interest and investment in Ireland, and hope that as a member of IJA the firm will be able to make contributions to this area and to expand our network.

Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.

If you wish to learn more about Clerkin Lynch, please visit their website: www.clerkinlynch.com

Brown Brothers Harriman has joined IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome financial services company Brown Brothers Hariman on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful

BBH is the oldest privately owned American bank with 200 year history. Established in Philadelphia in
1818, BBH is now operating globally, with 18 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Strategic
investments and innovative business decisions have transformed BBH from leaders in merchant
banking and transatlantic trade to an integrated worldwide financial services firm.

Photo: bbh.com

BBH office in Dublin was established in 1995 to provide financial services and investment structures
such as local and other offshore funds, unregulated corporate structures, exchange traded funds, fund
of funds, fund of hedge funds, hedge funds, master feeder funds, pooling, private institutional
schemes, real estate investment funds, RQFII funds, single portfolios and umbrella structures.

‘’One of our European operations is to support investment funds distributable to EU member and
other countries. BBH Ireland is leading such a line of business working with global financial
institutions. With strong footsteps in Japan, BBH also connects East and West from the financial
products and operations technology angles.’’ /Tomoko Kenny, BBH Vice President/






More information about BBH can be found on their website: https://www.bbh.com

Welcome to the 16th Japanese Speech Contest in Ireland

In order to encourage and promote Japanese language education in Ireland, JLTI and the Embassy of Japan in Ireland jointly host an annual Japanese speech contest.

This year the 16th Japanese Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, 10th March in Trinity College, Dublin.

Date: Saturday, 10th March, 2018
Time: From 12pm
Venue: Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin

Please see original invitation to IJA members here!

Everybody is welcome and if you are interested to attend, please see event timetable and map here!

Event is supported by: The Japan Foundation, The Japan Business Society in Ireland, Department of Education and Science and IJA


Clyde Real Estate has joined IJA as a Corporate member

The Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome Clyde Real Estate on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

Clyde Real Estate is a leading provider of office, technology, life sciences and production facilities across Ireland.

Photo: clyderealestate.com

Founded by experienced entrepreneurs and business builders who have grown their own successful technology companies, the company understands the flexible and high specification accommodation needs of modern business.
The company’s clients include many corporate and multinational firms seeking to establish or expand operations in Ireland or as a gateway location to Europe.
Clyde Real Estate look forward to meeting any companies looking for facilities in Ireland.
For more information: http://clyderealestate.com

IJA celebrates its biggest event of the year – Annual Dinner 2018

16th February 2018 was a special day in the calendar of events for Ireland Japan Association as its members and friends came together to celebrate one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year – IJA Annual Dinner.

Photo: Doylecollection.com

This year the Annual Dinner took place at The Westbury Hotel, one of the most iconic and beautiful locations in Dublin. IJA was delighted to welcome H.E. Mrs. Mari Miyoshi, Ambassador of Japan in  Ireland, and Mr. Nicky Comyn, IRFU Junior Vice President as honorary guests at the event.

On arrival, all dinner guests were treated to a sake reception with compliments from the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

Event continued with speeches given by Ms. Darina Slattery, IJA Chairperson, H.E. Mrs. Mari Miyoshi, Ambassador of Japan in Ireland, and Mr. Nicky Comyn, IRFU Junior Vice President.

Dinner guests enjoyed a 3 course menu followed by prize giving raffle which was generously sponsored by IJA members. The grand prize this year was 2 return flights to Japan sponsored by Finnair.

IJA would like to thank Council members for their time and hard work helping to make this event such a successful celebration for everybody.

IJA would like to thank Corporate members who supported this event: Finnair, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, KWE Ireland, PM Group, Matheson, SuMi Trust, Unique Japan Tours and Yamamori Restaurants.

Big thank you goes also to our friends from Japanese Saturday School in Dublin who made the beautiful origami decorations for the dinner tables and Miss Laura Hegarty for the wonderful ‘Koto’ performance.

IJA Annual Dinner 2018 was one of the 60th Anniversary events commemorating diplomatic relationship between Ireland and Japan.


Celebration of the Provision of Asian Languages and Culture in Ireland

Research to Empower Educational Leaders (REEL) and Drumcondra Education Centre are organizing Celebration of the Provision of Asian Languages and Culture in Ireland taking place in Drumcondra Education Centre on 22nd January.

Date: 22nd January 2018
Time: 7pm
Venue: Drumcondra Education Centre, St. Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

* Dr Lorna Carson, Trinity College
* Dr Ryoko Sasamoto, DCU
* Dr Karen Ruddock, Director of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative

If you wish to attend this event, please register your interest here: