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MUFG Investor Services joins IJA as a corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome asset servicing, banking and fund financing leaders MUFG Investor Services on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

MUFG Investor Services is an industry leader in asset servicing, banking and fund financing, working with some of the largest investment firms in the world.

We are a core business for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”), one of the largest global banks with more than US$2.7 trillion in assets.  Our global scale, breadth of services, and industry leading technology, allow us to build partnerships with our clients and create distinctive solutions that meet their specific priorities.

In recent years we have strategically acquired firms in the asset servicing industry and successfully grown our business in terms of client and employee retention.

The firm continues to be fully committed to this business; a consistent, top tier provider with a global presence – administering US$582 billion in assets globally.

If you would like to find out more about MUFG Investor Services please visit their website: https://www.mufg-investorservices.com

RetroVino joins IJA as a Corporate member

Ireland Japan Association (IJA) is delighted to welcome wine and sake wholesaler RetroVino (RetroSake) on board IJA as a Corporate member and is looking forward to a long lasting and successful cooperation.

Retrosake are a Dublin based sake (and wine) importer supplying restaurants, off-licenses and private clients.

Our passion for premium sake is reflected in our portfolio. We only supply traditionally-brewed additive-free sake, which we buy directly from renowned producers in Japan, and import temperature controlled into Ireland. We look forward to sharing some sake with IJA members and continue to increase the awareness of sake in Ireland.  

RetroVino/Retrosake is offering a list of services – building bespoke wine lists, supplying restaurants with wine and sake, wine sourcing, shipping and storing, expert wine cellar advice on the acquisition and storage of wines, tastings, staff training and wedding services.

If you wish to learn more about RetroVino/RetroSake and services they provide, please visit their website: http://www.retrovino.com

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Day trip to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese gardens in Tramore

On 9th September 2018, Ireland Japan Association organised a day trip for its members and friends to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, Co. Waterford.

We were happy to see so many IJA members, families and friends joining us and it definitely was a wonderful day spent together outdoors learning about the history of the gardens and exploring its beauty.

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore and reflect the life of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world.

Japanese gardens feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features and are a haven of beauty and tranquility for all who visit. You will also find a beautiful traditional Japanese Tea Garden, a Stream Garden, ponds, a waterfall and an extensive woodland area. Children are introduced to these magical gardens through a special children’s discovery trail, secret pathways, woodlands and Lafcadio Hearn’s fairytales and folklore.

After the walk through the gardens, we were treated to a delicious Japanese lunch provided by Yamamori restaurants.

IJA would like to thank everyone who joined us for this amazing trip, everyone at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens for hosting and guiding us through the gardens, and Yamamori Restaurants for providing us with delicious Japanese Bento lunchboxes.

*Information about the gardens from: Lafcadiohearngardens.com

Finnair introduce Corporate Programme in Ireland

The Finnair Corporate Programme is an easy and budget-friendly solution for cost-conscious corporate clients. Your business clients can enjoy discounts on flight tickets immediately after enrolling, and the flexible ticket types allow for last-minute changes. Your client can book and purchase flights with you, their preferred travel agent.  On enrolment they provide details of their travel agent.  Finnair will then send you a dedicated client code for automatic application of discounts.

Discounts

There are three membership levels in the Finnair Corporate Programme: Silver, Gold and Platinum. The higher your company’s membership level, the greater the discounts. The membership level is reviewed every six months and is defined based on the flight purchases made during the tracking period.

Your company can enjoy Silver-level membership discounts immediately on enrolment.

*discount from ticket types BUSINESS (C, D), BUSINESS SAVER (I)**, PRO (Y), PRO (B, H), VALUE (K, M) and VALUE (P, T)

** BUSINESS SAVER (I) with advanced purchase rule is not discounted.

*** Silver, Gold and Platinum level discounts on flights to Japan and North America: J, C, D, I, W, Y, B = 11%, A, E, H = 6%

Discounted fares for one-way flights in the Finnair Corporate Programme are only available in travel class Y (ticket type PRO). On return trips travel must start and end in the same country.

For more information go to: https://www.finnair.com/ie/gb/company-travel/corporate-programme or contact the Finnair team in Ireland – Tel: (01) 882 8680 or email finnair@atts.ie

Events

Takasago & Between the Stones | Wexford

We are delighted to invite you to a rare and unique programme of classical and contemporary noh ‘Takasago & Between the Stones’ to celebrate Japan Season of Culture in the year of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Noh is a highly aesthetic classical Japanese theatre style featuring dance, music and poetry. Acclaimed artists Teruhisa and Kinue Oshima, and Akira Matsui, collaborate with Jannette Cheong and Richard Emmert once again in celebration of the 2020 Japan Season of Culture.

Date: Sunday, 2nd February 2020
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: The National Opera House, High Street, Wexford
Tickets: €25 Book here!

The programme:

Takasago, written by Zeami, is one of the most important and well known plays in the classical noh repertoire. It deals with the legend of the twin pines of Sumiyoshi and Takasago. According to legend, the spirit of the Sumiyoshi pine travels across Osaka Bay nightly to visit his wife, the Takasago pine, in a bond that transcends space and time. Takasago will be performed as han-noh, literally a “half noh”, featuring the very quick and strong second half of the play.

Between the Stones is the third collaboration between author Jannette Cheong and founder of Theatre Nohgaku, Richard Emmert, and the second co-production with Unanico. It explores how the burden of grief turns into a celebration of life, friendship and love, through the healing power of gardens. The lead role will be played by Kinue Oshima, the only professional female noh actor in the Kita school. Kinue Oshima was also the lead actor in the first Cheong-Emmert collaboration, Pagoda (2009) – the first time that the Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku worked together on a joint production. Pagoda had its world premiere at the Southbank Centre in 2009 and went on to tour Dublin, Oxford and Paris and then opened at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo in 2011 and toured to Kyoto, Beijing (at the National Centre for the Performing Arts) and Hong Kong. Pagoda was the first time for a British artist to write a new contemporary noh using classical techniques.

BOOK NOW!

More information: https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/takasago-between-the-stones


This collaboration is co-produced with Unanico in association with the Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku and supported by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric and the Ireland-Japan Association. 

Noh Mask Making Workshop with Hideta Kitazawa | Wexford

We are very happy to let you know that in addition to the both noh ‘Takasago & Between the Stones’ performances in Kilkenny and Wexford, the production tour will include the Noh Mask Making Workshop of master mask maker, Hideta Kitazawa, who will give a lecture demonstration as part of the project’s extensive (2018-2020) ‘Getting to Noh’ programme of educational and outreach work.

Date: Sunday, 2nd February 2020
Time: 4.30 p.m.
Venue: The National Opera House, High Street, Wexford
Tickets: €12 – Book here!

Mask Maker Kitazawa has been making masks for both classical and contemporary noh for more than two decades. He has had a special relationship with Richard Emmert and Theatre Nohgaku for much of this period, and also for the last 10 years with Jannette Cheong.

Mask maker and Shinto Temple carver, Hideta Kitazawa, chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a second generation woodcarving artist. In 1991, after graduating from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a major in Forestry Studies, he went on to begin intensive woodcarving studies with his father Ikkyou Kitazawa. Since then, he has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the ‘Outstanding Young Artisan’ award.

BOOK NOW!

More information: https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/takasago-between-the-stones


This collaboration is co-produced with Unanico in association with the Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku and supported by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric and the Ireland-Japan Association.

Photos: Betweenthestones.com

Takasago & Between the Stones | Kilkenny

We are delighted to invite you to a rare and unique programme of classical and contemporary noh ‘Takasago & Between the Stones’ to celebrate Japan Season of Culture in the year of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Noh is a highly aesthetic classical Japanese theatre style featuring dance, music and poetry. Acclaimed artists Teruhisa and Kinue Oshima, and Akira Matsui, collaborate with Jannette Cheong and Richard Emmert once again in celebration of the 2020 Japan Season of Culture.

Date: Saturday, 1st February 2020
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Tickets: €25 – Book here!

The programme:

Takasago, written by Zeami, is one of the most important and well known plays in the classical noh repertoire. It deals with the legend of the twin pines of Sumiyoshi and Takasago. According to legend, the spirit of the Sumiyoshi pine travels across Osaka Bay nightly to visit his wife, the Takasago pine, in a bond that transcends space and time. Takasago will be performed as han-noh, literally a “half noh”, featuring the very quick and strong second half of the play.

Between the Stones is the third collaboration between author Jannette Cheong and founder of Theatre Nohgaku, Richard Emmert, and the second co-production with Unanico. It explores how the burden of grief turns into a celebration of life, friendship and love, through the healing power of gardens. The lead role will be played by Kinue Oshima, the only professional female noh actor in the Kita school. Kinue Oshima was also the lead actor in the first Cheong-Emmert collaboration, Pagoda (2009) – the first time that the Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku worked together on a joint production. Pagoda had its world premiere at the Southbank Centre in 2009 and went on to tour Dublin, Oxford and Paris and then opened at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo in 2011 and toured to Kyoto, Beijing (at the National Centre for the Performing Arts) and Hong Kong. Pagoda was the first time for a British artist to write a new contemporary noh using classical techniques.

BOOK NOW!

More information: https://watergatetheatre.ie/watergate_events/takasago-between-the-stones-2/


This collaboration is co-produced with Unanico in association with Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku and supported by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric and the Ireland-Japan Association.  

Noh Mask Making Workshop with Hideta Kitazawa | Kilkenny

We are very happy to let you know that in addition to the both noh ‘Takasago & Between the Stones’ performances in Kilkenny and Wexford, the production tour will include the Noh Mask Making Workshop of master mask maker, Hideta Kitazawa, who will give a lecture demonstration as part of the project’s extensive (2018-2020) ‘Getting to Noh’ programme of educational and outreach work.

Date: Saturday, 1st February 2020
Time: 4.30 p.m.
Venue: Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Tickets: €12 – Book here!

Mask Maker Kitazawa has been making masks for both classical and contemporary noh for more than two decades. He has had a special relationship with Richard Emmert and Theatre Nohgaku for much of this period, and also for the last 10 years with Jannette Cheong.

Mask maker and Shinto Temple carver, Hideta Kitazawa, chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a second generation woodcarving artist. In 1991, after graduating from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a major in Forestry Studies, he went on to begin intensive woodcarving studies with his father Ikkyou Kitazawa. Since then, he has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the ‘Outstanding Young Artisan’ award.

BOOK NOW!

More information: https://watergatetheatre.ie/watergate_events/noh-mask-making-workshop-with-hideta-kitazawa/


This collaboration is co-produced with Unanico in association with the Oshima Theatre and Theatre Nohgaku and supported by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric and the Ireland-Japan Association.

Photos: Betweenthestones.com