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Cork Chamber of Commerce and the IJA agrees reciprocal membership

Ireland Japan Association is delighted to announce that reciprocal membership has been agreed with the Cork Chamber of Commerce, the leading business organisation for the promotion and development of economic and commercial activity in Co. Cork and the region. The IJA Council is looking forward to building a long-standing and successful business relationship with the Cork Chamber and its members.

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Cork Chamber of Commerce has been a champion for the business community and a strong advocate for the economic development of the Cork region for over 200 years.

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‘As the voice of Chamber members, through our public affairs and communications activity, we engage proactively with Government and key stakeholders on pressing regional business issues like talent attraction and retention, housing, transport, and climate action to collaboratively drive a positive and progressive agenda, creating a world leading business environment.’ – Annie FitzGibbon, Director of Member Services at Cork Chamber

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In addition connecting to international networks through trade missions, events and business-matching initiatives, while raising the profile of Cork internationally to support the attraction of investment and talent to the region is a key priority for Cork Chamber.

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‘We support companies at every stage with a variety of impactful services, providing opportunities to network and connect through a dynamic events programme, to stay informed through exemplary communications, to maintain competitiveness with high quality training and to shine a spotlight on your business with strong promotional channels. Working together we empower and support a successful and inclusive membership who drive a thriving Cork.’ – Annie FitzGibbon, Director of Member Services at Cork Chamber

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If you wish to learn more about the Cork Chamber of Commerce and services they provide, please visit their website and follow the Cork Chamber on social media: LinkedIn, X, Facebook and Instagram.

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Google Ireland joins the IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association is delighted to welcome Google Ireland, one of the world’s leading multinational corporations and technology companies specialising in internet-related services and products, on board the IJA as a Corporate member, and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

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‘I’m delighted to become a member of the Ireland Japan Association and excited about the potential for collaboration.’ – Teresa Weafer, Government Affairs & Public Policy Community Affairs Manager

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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search makes it easy to discover a broad range of information from a wide variety of sources.

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Google Ireland is Google’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Headquarters. Google established its first office in Ireland in 2003 with just five employees and has now grown to a workforce of over 9000 people from over 100 countries.

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Google Ireland serves as a hub for dozens of functions and teams supporting Google’s global operations.

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Argentine Tango and Japan | Carlos Rivarola 2024 European Tour

We are excited to present a delightful cultural afternoon, “Argentine Tango & Japan,” featuring the internationally acclaimed legend of Argentine Tango, maestro Carlos Rivarola (1952, Argentina), who has made a remarkable contribution to Japan over the last consequent four decades.

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This special occasion will coincide with his 4th visit to Ireland, organised by Tango Classes Lucia & Gerry as part of his 2024 European tour during the month of the Japanese Sakura festival, putting a spotlight on cultural friendship, with the honorary presence of the Embassy of Argentina and the Embassy of Japan, warmly supported by Ireland Japan Association.

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The focal point of the afternoon is an engaging Interview with Carlos Rivarola, accompanied by an interactive Q&A session, moderated by Azumi Uchitani, followed by his signature, graceful Tango Performance.

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Throughout the event, we aim to showcase the works of the legendary Tango maestro, Carlos Rivarola, highlighting his profound contribution and friendship with Japan with the artistry of Argentine Tango.

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We extend a warm welcome to everyone who cherishes cultural friendship in the global community as well as tango enthusiasts.

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Date: Saturday 20 April

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

Venue: Laurel’s Ballroom, Royal Marine Hotel,

Address: Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin A96K063

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Programme: 

14:00 Welcome, accompanied by a glass of Sake, and coffee & tea

14:15 Introduction

14:30 Interviews and Q&A session

15:00 Tango Performance

15:30 Closing

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Ticket Price: 30 euro

Booking & Contact: office@azumiuchitani.com

Tickets are available to purchase at Eventbrite

 

More Info: https://www.azumiuchitani.com/tango

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About Carlos Rivarola  (カルロス  リバローラ)

Carlos Rivarola (born 1952, Argentina) is regarded as one of the top 10 influential Argentine tango dancers of our time, a choreographer, and an actor. Renowned globally for his role in the groundbreaking Tango Argentino show, premiered in 1983, Rivarola has been a pivotal figure in revitalizing tango on the world stage.

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Alongside María Rivarola, his partner both on and off the dance floor, he has left an indelible mark on the tango world. Their artistic journey has taken them across continents, with annual performances in Japan since 1984 and the creation of the first all-Japanese tango show under Rivarola’s direction in 1986. Rivarola’s cinematic contributions include notable roles in films like “Tango Bar” (1989) and “Naked Tango” (1991), and his choreography in Carlos Saura’s “Tango” earned him the 1999 National Choreography Award from the United States Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences.

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Beyond performance, Rivarola is a dedicated educator, serving as a professor at the National University Institute of Art (IUNA) and contributing to tango literature with works like “Así se baila el tango argentino,” co-authored with Yoyi Kanematz. As a co-founder and president of the Argentine Tango Teachers, Dancers, and Choreographers Association (AMBCTA), Rivarola continues to champion the professional interests of tango artists, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of Argentine tango.

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Organised by:

Tango Lucia Seva & Gerry Roche

Azumi Uchitani Communications

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Supported by:

Embassy of Argentina in Ireland

Embassy of Japan in Ireland

Ireland Japan Association

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Business Seminar ‘Driving Business Growth through Sustainability’ | PHOTO GALLERY

On 21st February, Ireland Japan Association and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) invited their members to participate in the business seminar ‘Driving Business Growth through Sustainability’ which was hosted in Dublin by the IJA and IJCC member PwC Ireland. This was our second collaboration event with the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce.

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From L-R: Dominic Keogh, IJCC, Mary Honohan, PwC Ireland, David Swan, Chief Operations & Sustainability Officer at SMBC Aviation Capital, Jeff Aherne, CEO at EVHACS, Ruairi Williamson, Managing Director at Hitachi Energy, and Caoimhe Giblin, Commercial Director at ElectroRoute.

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H.E. Mr. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, opened the event, and we were delighted to welcome a list of experts for the panel discussion: David Swan, Chief Operations & Sustainability Officer at SMBC Aviation Capital, Caoimhe Giblin, Commercial Director at ElectroRoute, Jeff Aherne, CEO at EVHACS, and Ruairi Williamson, Managing Director at Hitachi Energy. Event was moderated by Dominic Keogh, IJCC.

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During event our experts shared examples and case studies of how their companies are using sustainability as a driver for business growth and what the future holds for sustainability, offering first-hand access to industry leading practices that can be adapted for businesses across Ireland. Discussions were followed by Q&A session and networking.

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H.E. Mr. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland

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David Swan, Chief Operations & Sustainability Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital

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Jeff Aherne, CEO, EVHACS

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Ruairi Williamson, Managing Director, Hitachi Energy

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Caoimhe Giblin, Commercial Director, ElectroRoute

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Moderator of the event: Dominic Keogh, IJCC

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We would like to thank our partners – Dominic Keogh and his team at the IJCC, and our wonderful hosts – Mary Honohan and her team at PwC Ireland for all their support and work to make this event such a great success.

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Photos: Azumi Uchitani

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ALPS Electric Ireland Ltd. join the IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association is delighted to welcome ALPS Electric Ireland Ltd., a leading global manufacturer of electronic devices, on board the IJA as a Corporate member, and we are looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

ALPS Electric (Ireland) Ltd. is a subsidiary of The Alps Alpine Group, delivering products and services of an excellent standard to customers worldwide.
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Alps Alpine prides itself in “perfecting the art of electronics” through its electronic components, and mobile media solutions, head a global network of over 190 group companies.

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ALPS Electric (Ireland) Ltd. was founded in Millstreet Town, County Cork in 1988. Manufacturing is dedicated to Automotive Customers, IoT Technology and White Goods. Our main markets are in Europe under the corporate Made-In-Market philosophy.’’ – John Foley, Managing Director, ALPS Electric (Ireland) Ltd.

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Today ALPS Electric (Ireland) Ltd. employs over 400 people in Millstreet Town. The Facility has 56,000 square feet of world class manufacturing space which houses SMT, Moulding, Decorative Parts Painting and Laser Marking capabilities and various Final Assembly processes. Production processes are highly automated by ALPS Electric (Ireland) Ltd. own engineers.
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ALPS Electric (Ireland) Ltd. is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and IATF 16949 and holds quality awards from Jaguar Landrover and Volvo.

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If you wish to learn more about ALPS Electric and services they provide, please visit their website or visit ALPS Electric profile on LinkedIn  and YouTube!

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In Memoriam | Remembering and Honouring Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda

The Ireland Japan Association is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Mrs. Yoshiko Ushioda, a remarkable individual whose impact on our community and the Ireland Japan Association will forever be remembered.

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Mrs. Ushioda was not only a generous supporter of education and fostering understanding and collaboration between Ireland and Japan, but also a beacon of inspiration for all those who were fortunate enough to know her. Her dedication to the cause of education, particularly through the Ushioda Scholarship she so generously sponsored, has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals and students who pursue Japan studies in Ireland and Irish Universities. Her passion for making a positive difference in the world was evident in every action she took.
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It is undeniable that Mrs. Ushioda played a pivotal role in shaping the future of aspiring students through her commitment to fostering education. The scholarship program named after her and her beloved husband served as a source of hope and encouragement for many, opening doors to opportunities that otherwise might have been out of reach.
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During this time of mourning, our thoughts and prayers are with her family and all those who were close to her. While words cannot fully express the sorrow we feel, may we all find solace in the memories of her kindness, generosity, and the lasting impact she had on so many lives.
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Mrs. Ushioda will be deeply missed, and her legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those she touched.
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Catherine Grennell-Whyte, IJA Chairperson
IJA Council
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Warmest Wishes for a Joyous Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Dear Members of the Ireland Japan Association,

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As we gather together in the spirit of the season, I extend my heartfelt Christmas greetings to each and every one of you. This time of year is a special opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and moments we’ve shared as an Association, and to express gratitude for the bonds that connect us.

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In the true spirit of unity and friendship, the Ireland Japan Association has continued to thrive throughout the past year. Our collective efforts have brought us closer together, fostering a sense of community. It is heartening to witness the vibrant exchange of culture, ideas, and camaraderie among our diverse membership.

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Christmas is a time of celebration and reflection, and as we look back on the achievements of the past year, let us also look forward to the promising opportunities that the coming year holds. May the bonds of friendship we have built within our Association continue to strengthen, and may the spirit of collaboration guide us to new heights in the days ahead.

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I would like to express my sincere appreciation to each member of the Ireland Japan Association for your unwavering commitment and enthusiasm. Your dedication has been instrumental in making our Association a beacon of cultural exchange, business, education and friendship.

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May this Christmas be filled with joy, laughter, and moments of togetherness with loved ones. As we bid farewell to the current year and eagerly anticipate the new one, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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With warm regards,
Catherine Grennell-Whyte
IJA Chairperson

IJA Bounenkai End of Year Party 2023 | Photo Gallery

On 30th November the IJA members and friends joined our annual Bounenkai End of the Year Party which was hosted at one of the most popular and authentic Japanese restaurants in Dublin – Daruma.

Hiro Ino, IJA Council, thanked the guests for their support to the association and invited everyone to enjoy themselves and celebrate the end of the year at Daruma. We were delighted that H.E. Mr. Norio Maruyama, Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, and Ms. Keiko Nakata, Embassy of Japan, joined our Bounenkai celebrations. Ambassador Maruyama addressed event guests and wished everyone a wonderful evening.
Event guests were treated to a traditional Japanese Izakaya style dinner and had the opportunity to taste variety of Japanese sake.
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, and we are looking forward to many other occasions to meet in 2024!
A very big thanks goes to Hiro Ino, IJA Council, for his time, support and help to make this event such a great success, and the wonderful team at Daruma for hosting our event and making sure everyone had the best time during the evening.
Photos: Tsugumi Yamamoto, Kevin O’Neill

Business Seminar ‘Preparing for the next world EXPO in Osaka, Japan’ | PHOTO GALLERY

On 11th October, Ireland Japan Association and Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) invited their members to participate in the business seminar ‘Preparing for the next world EXPO in Osaka, Japan’ which was hosted in Dublin by the IJA and IJCC member PwC Ireland.

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Catherine Grennell-Whyte, IJA Chairperson and Dominic Keogh, IJCC Director

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The panel of guest speakers included H.E. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, Yushi Tanaka, Executive Advisor to the Japan Association for the 2025 World Expo, John Concannon, Director General, Global Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Brian O’Brien, Commissioner General for EXPO Osaka, The Department of Foreign Affairs.

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From left: Yushi Tanaka, Executive Advisor to the Japan Association for the 2025 World Expo; John Concannon, Director General, Global Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland; Brian O’Brien, Commissioner General for EXPO Osaka, The Department of Foreign Affairs, and moderator Dominic Keogh, IJCC Director.

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Our guest speakers discussed Global Ireland strategy, reviewed the experience at Expo Dubai 2020, and introduced Expo Osaka 2025 sharing the latest information on the Irish Pavilion. Conversations were moderated by Dominic Keogh, IJCC Director. Presentations and discussions were followed by networking opportunities.

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We would like to thank our partners – Dominic Keogh and his team at the IJCC, and our wonderful hosts – Mary Honohan and her team at PwC Ireland for all their support and work to make this event such a great success.

 

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PHOTO GALLERY

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Photos: IJA Council and IJCC archive

IJA launches Japanese Book Club | Join today!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the IJA Japanese Book Club! Our purpose is to create a vibrant community of book lovers who share a passion for Japanese literature, culture, philosophy, business, history, and more.
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We are dedicated to exploring a diverse range of books each month, engaging in thoughtful discussions, expanding our knowledge, and fostering friendships among members. What’s more, we won’t limit ourselves to just Japanese authors; we’ll also delve into the works of Irish authors with connections to Japan.
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With our official launch scheduled for September, we have conducted two trial runs with a small group of participants during the summer break. It was truly fascinating to see how different perspectives and insights emerge, even when reading the same book. We believe that sharing our reading experiences with others can deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature.
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Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this exciting literary journey with us? Whether you’re a seasoned reader or just starting to explore the world of books, our book club welcomes everyone. Together, we’ll embark on a fascinating exploration of Japanese literature and beyond.
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HOW TO REGISTER
Please let us know if you are interested in joining our book club and send us an email to: info@ija.ie. We look forward to having you as a fellow book enthusiast and a valued member of our growing community. Open to the IJA members only.
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More details about the first club meeting and book of the month:
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IJA Japanese Book Club

We are delighted to announce the launch of the IJA Japanese Book Club! Our purpose is to create a vibrant community of book lovers who share a passion for Japanese literature, culture, philosophy, business, history, and more.
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We are dedicated to exploring a diverse range of books each month, engaging in thoughtful discussions, expanding our knowledge, and fostering friendships among members. What’s more, we won’t limit ourselves to just Japanese authors; we’ll also delve into the works of Irish authors with connections to Japan.
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With our official launch scheduled for September, we have conducted two trial runs with a small group of participants during the summer break. It was truly fascinating to see how different perspectives and insights emerge, even when reading the same book. We believe that sharing our reading experiences with others can deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature.
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Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this exciting literary journey with us? Whether you’re a seasoned reader or just starting to explore the world of books, our book club welcomes everyone. Together, we’ll embark on a fascinating exploration of Japanese literature and beyond.
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HOW TO REGISTER
Please let us know if you are interested in joining our book club and send us an email to: info@ija.ie. We look forward to having you as a fellow book enthusiast and a valued member of our growing community. Open to the IJA members only.
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Meetings take place once a month and the date, time and Zoom link is shared with registered club members via email.

APRIL – JUNE 2024 BOOKLIST
Please find the book selection for April – June below!
We also will have our first in-person Book Club meeting in June featuring Irish author and poet Nell Regan.

APRIL 2024

Date: 18th April

Book of the month: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

About the book: Endo’s “The Samurai,” set in the early 17th century, explores the complex interplay of faith, culture, and identity through a Japanese samurai’s diplomatic journey to the Vatican. Endo (1923-1996), a renowned Japanese author, adeptly navigates themes of belief, loyalty, and cultural confrontation, offering deep insights into the human condition. This historical novel not only reflects the historical tensions between Japan and the Western world but also delves into the personal struggles of its characters, highlighting Endo’s skill in portraying the nuances of spiritual and moral dilemmas. “The Samurai” stands out for its poignant exploration of the quest for understanding and the resilience of the human spirit across cultural divides.


MAY 2024

Date: 23th May

Book of the month: Klare and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

About the book: “Klara and the Sun” is a thought-provoking novel set in a dystopian future, focusing on Klara, an Artificial Friend designed to companion children. Through Klara’s experiences and observations, Ishiguro explores themes of love, consciousness, and the human condition, questioning the intersection of technology and emotion. The narrative delves into Klara’s attachment to her owner, Josie, and her quest to understand and navigate the complex world of human feelings and relationships. Ishiguro’s work is a poignant reflection on the ethical implications of AI and our future.


JUNE 2024

It is the first in-person Book Club meeting with an Irish author and poet Nell Regan as our guest speaker! 

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2024

Time: 2 – 4 PM

Venue: ElectroRoute HQ, 2 Cumberland Place, 3rd Floor, Fenian Street Dublin 2, D02 H0V5 – Google Maps

Book of the month: A Gap in the Clouds | Japanese 100 poets, translated by James Hadley and Nell Regan

Guest speaker: Nell Regan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Nell Regan:  Nell Regan is an award-winning poet, translator and non-fiction writer. She has published three collections of poetry and her biography Helena Molony A Radical Life 1883- 1967 ( Arlen House) was a 2017 Irish Independent Book of the Year. Among her awards are a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, and Arts Council Literature Bursaries and she has been a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and a Fellow at the Iowa International Writers Programme. Her latest book is A Gap in the Clouds: A New Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu with James Hadley (Dedalus Press, 2021)  She is currently working on a new collection How to Destroy A Memorial and her co-translation of the Irish language poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir, Bláth agus Taibhse: Flower and Ghost will be published by Cló Iar Chonnacht. See also www.nellregan.com

About the book: “A Gap in the Clouds” is a contemporary translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a revered 13th-century collection of Japanese poems. It brings the elegance and emotional depth of one hundred waka by one hundred poets to modern readers, capturing themes of love, nature, and the transience of life. This translation aims to make the ancient poems accessible, offering insights into traditional Japanese culture and aesthetics while maintaining their lyrical beauty. It serves as a bridge between past and present, inviting a global audience to appreciate the enduring relevance of these poetic works.


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Japanese Book Club | Meeting with poet and writer Nell Regan

IJA Japanese Book Club is inviting IJA members to join its first in-person Book Club meeting with Irish poet and writer Nell Regan as our guest speaker.

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2024
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Venue: ElectroRoute HQ, 2 Cumberland Place, 3rd Floor, Fenian Street Dublin 2, D02 H0V5 – Google Maps

Registration: This event is free but previous registration is required by Monday, 17th June by email: info@ija.ie or phone: 01-6787008.

Book of the month: A Gap in the Clouds | Japanese 100 poets, translated by James Hadley and Nell Regan.

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Event plan

2 PM – arrival & registration
2.15 PM – welcome words:

  • Tsugumi Yamamoto, IJA Vice-Chairperson
  • H.E. Mr. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland

2.30 – 3 PM – conversation with Nell Regan about the book ‘百人一首 – 100 poems by 100 poets’, and her work translating it into English with James Hadley.
3 – 3.15 PM – sharing of the book’s contents, discussions, Q&A
3.15 – 4 PM – ‘百人一首’ Card game*, networking & refreshments from Gopan Bakery

* ‘百人一首’ Card game
It is a traditional Japanese card game and  involves two types of cards: Yomifuda (reading cards) and Torifuda (grabbing cards). The Yomifuda feature a full poem, while the Torifuda have only the second half of the poem. To play, one person reads out the poem from a Yomifuda card, and players compete to quickly identify and grab the corresponding Torifuda card with the matching second half of the poem. The objective is to collect as many cards as possible. The game is popular during New Year celebrations and is also played competitively, helping players improve their memory and reflexes while also exposing them to traditional Japanese poetry.

 


About Nell Regan

Nell Regan is an award winning poet, translator and non-fiction writer. She has published three collections of poetry and her biography Helena Molony A Radical Life 1883- 1967 ( Arlen House) was a 2017 Irish Independent Book of the Year. Among her awards are a Patrick and Katherine Kavaangh Fellowship, Arts Council Literature Bursaries and she  has been a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and a Fellow at the Iowa International Writers Programme. Her latest book is A Gap in the Clouds: A New Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu with James Hadley (Dedalus Press, 2021)  She is currently working on a new collection How to Destroy A Memorial and her co-translation of the Irish language poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir, Bláth agus Taibhse: Flower and Ghost will be published by Cló Iar Chonnacht. See also: www.nellregan.com

 

About the book

“A Gap in the Clouds” is a contemporary translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a revered 13th-century collection of Japanese poems. It brings the elegance and emotional depth of one hundred waka by one hundred poets to modern readers, capturing themes of love, nature, and the transience of life. This translation aims to make the ancient poems accessible, offering insights into traditional Japanese culture and aesthetics while maintaining their lyrical beauty. It serves as a bridge between past and present, inviting a global audience to appreciate the enduring relevance of these poetic works.

Paperbook ONLY: https://amzn.to/493zxZ4

 

This event is supported by:

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