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IJA Annual Dinner 2023

**SAVE THE DATE**

The Ireland Japan Association is delighted to announce that the IJA Annual Dinner 2023our largest and most enjoyable event of the year which we hope you, your friends and colleagues can attend, will take place on Friday, 12th May 2023 at the 5-star luxury Conrad Hotel in Dublin city centre.

We would be honoured to have you join us for the evening of celebrations and fine dining at one of the most beautiful and iconic Dublin venues.

Individual tickets and Corporate tables will be available. Save the date!

More details coming soon!

Bounenkai 2022 | End of the Year Party

Another year comes to an end and we would like to invite all our members, friends and supporters to join us for the IJA Bounenkai End of the Year Party on 7th December at Yamamori North City, Dublin.

Bounenkai is the way Japanese companies, families and friends celebrate the end of the year together, in a casual setting. We hope you can join us for a delicious Japanese 3-course dinner followed by live jazz music and cheerful celebrations!

Event is open to everyone!

Date: Wednesday, 7th December 2022
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Yamamori North City, 38/39 Ormond Quay Lwr., Dublin 1

 

Tickets:
€70 – IJA Members | €80 – Non-Members

Bookings: If you would like to join Bounenkai celebrations, please RSVP by Wednesday, 30th November by email: info@ija.ie or call: 01-6787008.
* Places are limited and early booking is recommended.
* Drinks are not included in the ticket price.
* Cancellations: Please note that cancellations will be accepted by COB on Friday, 2nd December. After this date refunds will not be available.

Event programme:
* Arrivals from 6.30 p.m.
* Welcome words and Kanpai by Tsugumi Yamamoto, IJA Vice-Chairperson
* 3-course Japanese dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
* Live jazz music by Andrea Jones Quartet & Jio from 9 p.m. & celebrations until late!

Please feel free to share this invitation with your families, friends and colleagues.

Corporate members and teams are welcome! A great opportunity for corporate members and teams to join celebrations in Dublin city centre venue with delicious meal & live music!

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About Andrea Jones Quartet (jazz) & Jio

 

The Andrea Jones Quartet is a collaborative group led by tenor saxophonist Andrea Jones that features the cream of the crop of emerging young talents in Irish jazz. Graduates of the DCU Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Andrea is joined by Patrick Keegan on electric guitar, Aidan Gray on electric bass, and Michael McCarthy on drums. As composers, each member brings you into a different sound-world comprising group textures and improvisations, expansive narrative themes, and both short and long form compositions inspired by a wide range of jazz; from Monk to Mark Turner.

 

 

 

 

A vinyl set of slow-mo selections from Jio will follow. Found regularly behind the counter at All City. Co-brains behind the label/party Pear with Fio Fa, while also in (co)charge of labels Arís and P.U.P. A DJ when called upon in clubs, festivals and other fine establishments such as Rinse FM, NTS and DDR. A man of many styles, most of them summed up with the neat term ‘dance’ – while also a small dose of ‘yacht rock’ for good measure.

IJA Annual Dinner 2022 | Photo Gallery

On 17th June the IJA members, friends, and supporters came together to celebrate and enjoy one of our biggest events of the year – the IJA Annual Dinner 2022. This year it took place at one of the most beautiful Dublin venues – Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel.

 

The evening began with Sake reception, kindly supported by our corporate member – Retro Vino Wine & Sake. Reception was followed by welcome words from Catherine Grennell-Whyte, Master of Ceremonies, and after that guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal in the beautiful Le Panto Suite.

 

Catherine Grennell-Whyte, Finnair/ATTS, Master of Ceremonies

 

Speeches were given by Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson and Mr. Makoto Honda, Counsellor, DHM, Embassy of Japan.

 

 

Prize Giving this year was sponsored by the IJA Corporate members – Bank of Ireland, Cpl Resources, Dillon EustaceKWE Ireland, Retro Vino, Unique Japan Tours and Yamamori. The Grand Prize this year was sponsored by Finnair, IJA 2022 Travel Partner, and we would like to congratulate the lucky winner who received 2 return flights to Japan.

 

Grand prize winner received 2 tickets to Japan from Finnair/ATTS.

 

It was great to see everyone back together after so long. We are happy for you attending the event and look forward to seeing you again in coming events. – Tsugumi Yamamoto, IJA Vice Chairperson

 

We would like to thank all our members and friends who attended the IJA Annual Dinner this year, and special thanks go to our 2022 Travel Partner – Finnair, and all our Corporate members for their continued support and very generous prizes.

We would also like to thank Dublin School for Japanese Children who made beautiful origami decorations for our dinner guests, and to Mrs. Tomoko Ozaki who created Ikebana flower arrangements for the event. Huge thanks to the event team at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel for being great hosts and providing excellent service during our event.

We would like to thank Catherine Grennell- Whyte, Master of Ceremonies, and our event team and volunteers from the IJA Council – Raymond Hegarty, Tsugumi Yamamoto, Darina Slattery, Laura Goonan, Jonathan Kelly, Hiro Ino and Eddie Hughes – for their time, support and help to make this year’s event such a great success.

More photos from the IJA Annual Dinner 2022 are in the photo gallery below. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

 

Photos: Kevin O’Neill, Laura Goonan, Darina Slattery, Eddie Hughes, Raymond Hegarty and Jonathan Kelly 

IJA Annual Dinner 2022

On behalf of the IJA Council, it is our pleasure to invite you to the IJA Annual Dinner 2022, our largest and most enjoyable event of the year which we hope you, your friends and colleagues can attend.
 
We will come together on Friday, 17th June 2022 to celebrate the IJA and its members, and the upcoming year ahead of us at one of Dublin’s most beautiful venues – Radisson Blu St, Helen’s Hotel. 
 
Date: Friday, 17th June 2022
Time: From 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin

Guest of Honour: Mr. Martin Naughton, Irish entrepreneur and philanthropist, founder of Glen Dimplex
 
Special Members Prize Draw: 2 Return tickets to Japan sponsored by Finnair, IJA Travel Partner 2022
 
Dress Code: Suits/Dress/Business (not black-tie)
Corporate Sponsorship: We are offering sponsorship opportunities for our Corporate members at the event. To sponsor a prize, please send details of prize to info@ija.ie by Friday, 3rd June 2022. Your company logo will be displayed on the night on large screens and inside guest programmes.

Tickets:
* IJA Members: €80 (per person)
* Non-Members: €110 (per person)
* Corporate Members: €1000 (Table of 10)
Cancellations made after Friday, 3rd June are non-refundable.

Seating Arrangements:Round Tables seating 8-10 people. Corporate Tables catered for.
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 If you would like to be seated at a particular table and/or have any dietary requirements, email special requests to us before Friday, 3rd June 2022.

RSVP/Booking Deadline: Friday, 3rd June 2022
Please note that places are limited and early booking is advised.
info@ija.ie | Tel: 01-6787008

TICKETS:
Bookings are closed now.
For more information, please email: info@ija.ie

IJA Bounenkai End of Year Party 2021 | Photo Gallery

On 2nd December the IJA members, friends, and supporters came together to celebrate and enjoy one of the most exciting cultural events and celebrations of the year – IJA Bounenkai End of Year Party with Sake reception and delicious Japanese dinner taking place at Yamamori Sushi, Dublin.

Eddie Hughes, IJA Council, welcomed everyone to the event and shared a message from Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson:

Bounenkai – the Japanese traditional year end party is a way to close off the year with friends and colleagues and get ready to welcome a new year. The word Bounenkai literally means ‘a gathering to forget the year’ – to put the troubles of the year behind you and face the future.

This echoes traditional celebrations dating back to 16th century Japan, when the Samurai lords would gather in late December for a day of cultural activities such as writing and reciting poetry. In the evening they would celebrate with a large banquet.

We do not expect much poetry to be written tonight, but we do hope that you enjoy each other’s company at the sake reception and during the meal.

Thank you for supporting the IJA this year. I wish you all the best for this evening and for the end of the year. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2022. – Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson

Colly Murray, RetroVino

Event guests had a wonderful opportunity to taste traditional Japanese Sake drinks, including premium Junmai Sake, accompanied by a short presentation on Sake history and culture by Colly Murray, RetroVino followed by a delicious dinner at Yamamori Sushi restaurant.
We would like to thank everyone  – our individual and corporate members as well as friends and supporters who attended this event. We appreciate your continued support to the IJA throughout this year.
A very big thanks goes to Colly Murray, RetroVino, for sharing his passion and knowledge about Japanese Sake, to Graham Ryan and his team, Yamamori Restaurants, for hosting our event and making sure everyone had the best time, and last but not least – to Eddie Hughes, IJA Council, for his time, support and help to make this event such a great success.

Note: Please note that during this event the IJA followed and complied with the health and safety recommendations and restaurant policy.

Photos: Eddie Hughes

Bounenkai End of Year Party | Sake Reception & Dinner

We are delighted to invite you to one of the most exciting cultural events and celebrations of the year – IJA Bounenkai End of Year Party with Sake reception and delicious Japanese dinner at Yamamori Sushi, Dublin.

Bounenkai is the way Japanese companies, families and friends celebrate the end of the year together, in a casual setting. We hope you can join us for the celebrations! Event is open to everyone!

Date: Thursday, 2nd December 2021
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Yamamori Sushi, 38/39 Ormond Quay Lwr., Dublin 1

Tickets:
* €45 – IJA Members
* €55 – Non Members

Bookings: If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Monday, 29th November by email: info@ija.ie. Please add a note how many tickets you would like to book and we will send you a link where you can make the payment for your tickets by card (Stripe Payments).
*Places are limited and early booking is recommended.
*Drinks are not included.
Event programme:
* Arrival of event guests from 6.30 – 6.45 p.m.
* Welcome words and Kanpai by Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson
* Sake reception at Tengu Bar. You will have a wonderful opportunity to taste Japanese Sake drinks accompanied by a short presentation on Sake history and culture by Colly Murray, Retro Vino. Water and soft drinks also will be available.
* Japanese dinner will be served from 7.30 p.m.

Please note: We will comply with the health and safety recommendations and restaurant policy during this event. A valid Covid-19 certificate will be required at the entrance.

Mid-summer Japanese Outdoor Event

It’s been a while… now let’s dine!

Together with our friends at Yamamori, we would like to invite you to their outdoor garden for an evening to catch up and enjoy great Japanese food.

Open to the IJA members only.

Date: Wednesday, 23rd June 2021
Time: From 6.30 PM
Venue: Yamamori Sushi, 38/39 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

Tickets: €40 per person. Drinks are not included.
Bookings: RSVP by 20th June by email: info@ija.ie
*Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended.
*Please note that cancellations should be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Opened in 1995, the award-winning, family-run restaurant group has three restaurants and three bars in Dublin city centre each offering their own unique style of Japanese dining. Yamamori sources the best quality food ingredients in Ireland and directly from Japan, including variety of Japanese craft sake, craft beer and whiskey.

Read the Tokyo Journal for FREE | Exclusive to the IJA Members only

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured an exclusive opportunity for the IJA members to have full access to the newest issue of the Tokyo Journal, one of the oldest English magazines from Japan sold across bookstores in Japan and internationally.

If you are a Corporate or Individual member of the IJA and would like to get free access to the quarterly issue of the Tokyo Journal, please contact us by email: info@ija.ie and we will send you log-in details to access the newest issue online.

The magazine was established in 1981 and since the early ’80s, it has been distributed in major bookstores throughout Japan as well as internationally. For over three decades, the Tokyo Journal has provided a glimpse into Japanese culture, all sectors of life and styles, entertainment, and events, often through the eyes of those who have travelled and lived there.

In 2017, Tokyo Journal received the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Travel and Tourism’s Japan Travel Agency Commissioner’s Award.

IJA Annual Dinner 2020

30th IJA Annual Dinner | Photo Gallery

On 14th February the IJA members, friends, and supporters came together to celebrate and enjoy one of our biggest events of the year – 30th IJA Annual Dinner 2020. This year it took place at one of the most beautiful and iconic Dublin venues – The Shelbourne Hotel.

The evening began with Sake reception, kindly supported by Embassy of Japan in Ireland and our corporate member – Retro Sake. Reception was followed by speeches from Ms Darina Slattery, IJA Chairperson, Mr Peter Sherrard, CEO of Olympic Federation of Ireland and H.E. Mr Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan in Ireland.

Darina Slattery, IJA Chairperson

Peter Sherrard, CEO of Olympic Federation of Ireland

H.E. Mr Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan in Ireland

IJA Annual Dinner 2020

Read here: Ambassador Kitano’s full speech at the IJA Annual Dinner 2020.

The guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course dinner in the beautiful Great Room followed by Prize Giving sponsored by the IJA Corporate members – AIB, ANABank of IrelandDillon EustaceKWE Ireland, Mitsubishi Electric, Retro Sake, SuMi TRUSTUnique Japan Tours and Yamamori. The Grand Prize this year was 2 return flights to Japan sponsored by Finnair, IJA 2020 Travel Partner.

 

(Please click on the images to enlarge)

Photo gallery in video format can be viewed here!

 

 

We would like to thank everyone who attended the IJA Annual Dinner this year. Special thanks go to our Patron member – AIB, our Travel Partner – Finnair, and all our Corporate members for their continued support and very generous prizes.

Our thanks go to the Dublin School for Japanese Children who made all the beautiful origami decorations for the dinner tables and to Mrs Tomoko Ozaki who created a wonderful Ikebana flower arrangement for the event. We would also like to thank The Shelbourne Hotel for hosting our event and providing excellent service before and during the dinner.

We would like to thank our Master of Ceremonies – Mr Raymond Hegarty, and our event team and volunteers – Mr Donagh Morris, Mr Graham Ryan, Ms Paula Kelly, Ms Tsugumi Yamamoto and Mr Yasuyuki Ozeki  – for their time, support and help to make this year’s event such a great success.

Photos/Video: Donagh Morris

Merry Christmas from all of us at the IJA!

Dear IJA Members and Friends,

Another amazing and busy year has come to an end. Christmas has come, and the year of the mouse in 2020 is soon approaching.

The IJA Council would like to thank you all for joining our events and outings this year and for your continued support to the Ireland Japan Association. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy start of the New Year!

A special welcome to H.E. Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, who arrived recently as Ambassador of Japan in Ireland. We wish him every success in this new position. Ambassador Kitano will continue on as the IJA’s Patron Member. We very much look forward to working together in 2020 and beyond.

We are delighted that Dr. and Mrs. Ushioda scholarship was established this year in honour of Dr. and Mrs. Ushioda’s major contribution to the development of the IJA and Ireland-Japan relations, and to underpin the association’s strong commitment to supporting Japanese studies in Ireland. It was our pleasure to award it to Sophia Herar who is our first scholarship recipient.

Rugby took over the nation here in Ireland and definitely in Japan – the host of this year’s Rugby World Cup. Many of us were a part of this amazing event, experienced Japanese hospitality and discovered this beautiful country and culture in person. For many this was the first time visiting Japan. We are sure that this experience will encourage people to return and explore the Land of the Rising Sun even more, especially with such a huge and exciting event as Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games due to start in July 2020.

Finally, we are also delighted to announce that our biggest event of the year – The IJA Annual Dinner 2020 will be taking place on February 14th at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. We hope you will join us for an evening of celebrations and fine dining at one of the most beautiful and iconic Dublin venues.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays!

Warm wishes,

On the behalf of the IJA Council,

Darina Slattery

IJA Chairperson

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IJA Annual Dinner 2023

**SAVE THE DATE**

The Ireland Japan Association is delighted to announce that the IJA Annual Dinner 2023our largest and most enjoyable event of the year which we hope you, your friends and colleagues can attend, will take place on Friday, 12th May 2023 at the 5-star luxury Conrad Hotel in Dublin city centre.

We would be honoured to have you join us for the evening of celebrations and fine dining at one of the most beautiful and iconic Dublin venues.

Individual tickets and Corporate tables will be available. Save the date!

More details coming soon!