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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 digital version 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.

 

 

Experience Japan 10th Anniversary Concert | Dublin/Galway

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Experience Japan Festival, two very special music concerts of Japanese music will take place at the beginning of April in Dublin and Galway.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy performance of four champion Japanese performers including Hiro Hayashida (former Kodo member and global award-winning Taiko Master), Miyu Kobayashi (Shinobue & Taiko), Luke Hayashida (Taiko) and for this special event, Hibiki Sawada on Shamisen.

Concert dates:

Seats are limited so make sure you book your tickets soon!

All performers will also join Experience Japan festival in Farmleigh on Sunday, 7th April for a fusion of Irish and Japanese music with leading Irish musicians and Experience Japan  Taiko Team.

More information about Experience Japan festival can be found HERE!

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Finnair reveals its fifth Japanese destination – Sapporo

Irish ski lovers can enjoy a piste of the action in the Far East when Finnair starts twice weekly flights to the stunning Japanese ski resort of Sapporo.

The prestigious new winter route for 2019/2020 is the Finnish flag carrier’s fifth destination in Japan, in addition to Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Finnair also becomes the only European carrier to operate services to Sapporo.

Sapporo is well known as a great winter and skiing destination offering stunning landscapes and fantastic winter-themed activities in a traditional Japanese setting.

Christian Lesjak, Finnair Senior Vice President, Network and Resource Management, said: “Japan is a key market for us, and we are excited about adding Sapporo to our network.”

“With the new route, Finnair is the only European airline to fly a scheduled route to Sapporo. With five key Japanese cities in our network, we are now the largest European carrier flying to Japan.”

It also means customers benefit from extra flights to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Finnair is adding two weekly frequencies on its Tokyo Narita route for the winter, flying a total of nine times a week.

Fabulous flight fares to your favorite cities in Japan | Finnair

Finnair has just announced fabulous flight fares campaign giving you the chance to fly from Dublin to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka from €599 only.

Treat yourself or your loved ones to a wonderful experience and visit Japan in 2019!

The selling period is between 20th December 2018 – 31st January 2019.

Log on to www.finnair.ie or contact your Local Travel Agent for booking or more information
about the fare rules. Campaign fare includes all taxes and surcharges.

Welcome aboard Finnair!

Fantastic seat sale to Osaka | Finnair

If you have always dreamt about visiting Osaka – one of Japan’s largest cities – now is the right time to book your flights because Finnair has just launched a massive seat sale to this charming Asian destination!

Osaka, which is known for its history, architecture and delicious food, also offers countless tourism attractions and nightlife entertainment.

You should definitely visit impressive 16th-century Osaka Castle and its surrounding park, Universal Studios at Osaka’s waterfront which is the first Universal Studios to open in Asia, Aquarium or Kaiyukan which offers amazing sea-life experience, and Minami (Namba) district which is famous for entertainment, dining and shopping, and is lit by thousands of neon lights at the nighttime.

Log on to www.finnair.ie or contact your Local Travel Agent for booking or more information
about the fare rules. Campaign fare includes all taxes and surcharges.

Welcome aboard Finnair!

Reading of Noh drama ‘Between The Stones’ | Dublin

On Sunday, 23rd September, we were delighted to welcome Jannete Cheong, London based poet, writer, designer and curator, and the first British person to write an English-language Noh, to Dublin for an afternoon of reading of new Noh drama ‘Between The Stones’.

Event took place and was hosted by Royal Hibernian Academy, and was attended by IJA members, representatives of Embassy of Japan in Ireland and general public.

It was a great opportunity to everyone interested in Japanese culture and arts to learn about Noh and its development from ‘page to stage’. Event also helped to build new relationships and share ideas and learning through cultural and educational engagement both inside and outside the world of Noh.

Noh is classical Japanese theatre which combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetic text into a highly aesthetic for or art and uses elaborate costumes and exquisitely carved wooden masks.

Review about Dublin event can be found here!

Screenshot: www.betweenstestones.com

IJA would like to thank Jannette Cheong and everyone at the ‘Between The Stones’ project, RHA for hosting this event and everyone who attended. Thank you!

More information about the project: www.betweenthestones.com 

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

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!

Posted by Experience Japan on Monday, March 27, 2017

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

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

Speakers:
* 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:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-evening-at-drumcondra-education-centre-tickets-41953960425

Events

Survival Japanese Language Course – August/September 2019

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Would you like to improve your Japanese language skills? Then why not sign up for our Survival Japanese Language Course which will provide you with essential language knowledge and useful tips that will allow you to enjoy your visit to Japan even more!

Date: starting on Thursday, 15th August 2019
* 1st class – 15th August
* 2nd class – 22nd August
* 3rd class – 29th August
* 4th class – 5th September
Time: 6.30 – 8 p.m (1.5h)
Venue: Dillon Eustace, 33 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

Cost:
* €80 (IJA members)
* €120 (non-members)

Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.

The Survival Japanese Course will focus on practical conversations and will cover these situations:
* How to introduce yourself to a Japanese person
* How to order at a restaurant and at a bar
* How to ask for directions
* How to express your interests, preferences, gratitude, etc.

Participants with very little or no previous knowledge of Japanese are welcome.
All materials and handouts will be provided and are included in the price. Class size is kept relatively small and participants will have the opportunity to interact a lot with the teacher and fellow students.

To book your place, please RSVP by Friday, 8th August 2019 by email: info@ija.ie, or call: 01-6787008.
Please note that cancellations should be made at least 48 hours in advance.

 

 

 

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Survival Japanese Language Course – June 2019

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Would you like to improve your Japanese language skills? Then why not sign up for our Survival Japanese Language Course which will provide you with essential language knowledge and useful tips that will allow you to enjoy your visit to Japan even more!

Date: starting on Thursday, 6th June 2019
* 1st class – 6th June
* 2nd class – 13th June
* 3rd class – 20th June
* 4th class – 27th June
Time: 6.30 – 8 p.m (1.5h)
Venue: Dillon Eustace, 33 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

Cost:
* €80 (IJA members)
* €120 (non-members)

Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.

The Survival Japanese Course will focus on practical conversations and will cover these situations:

* How to introduce yourself to a Japanese person
* How to order at a restaurant and at a bar
* How to ask for directions
* How to express your interests, preferences, gratitude, etc.

Participants with very little or no previous knowledge of Japanese are welcome.
All materials and handouts will be provided and are included in the price. Class size is kept relatively small and participants will have the opportunity to interact a lot with the teacher and fellow students.

To book your place, please RSVP by Friday, 31st May 2019 by email: info@ija.ie, or call: 01-6787008.
Please note that cancellations should be made at least 48 hours in advance.

 

 

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