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Ichigo Ichie Dinner Event 2022 | PHOTO GALLERY

On 18th November the Ireland Japan Association invited its members and friends for an unforgettable and timeless experience of exquisite Japanese haute-cuisine at the Michelin star Japanese restaurant Ichigo Ichie, Cork.



Event started with the welcome words by Hiro Ino, IJA Council, who thanked everyone of attending this every special occasion. Event guests had a unique opportunity to enjoy kaiseki multi-course tasting menu with elaborately prepared and exquisite dishes bringing everybody on an amazing taste journey through Japanese cuisine. We would like to thank chef Takashi Miyazaki and his team for this exclusive experience.




The IJA would like to thank Hiro Ino, IJA Council, for organising this wonderful event, and our hosts at Ichigo Ichie for an unforgettable evening at their beautiful restaurant.

Photos: Hiro Ino and Eva Reavley

Japanese Fine Dining Event | Ichigo Ichie, Cork

UPDATE: Please note that this event is fully booked now. [Updated on 07.11.2022]

The Ireland Japan Association is delighted to invite you to the unique Japanese fine dining event at the Michelin star Japanese restaurant Ichigo Ichie on Friday, 18th November in Cork.

Join us for an unforgettable and timeless experience of exquisite Japanese haute-cuisine by Chef Takashi Miyazaki!

Date: Friday, 18th November 2022
Time: 6 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Venue: Ichigo Ichie, 5 Fenns Quay, Sheares Street, Cork, T12 RY7Y



Tickets: €105 – IJA Members | €120 – Non Members
* Drinks are not included in the ticket price.
* Preference will be given to the IJA and JBS members for reservations.

Bookings: Please RSVP by Monday, 7th November by email: info@ija.ie or call: 01-6787008.
* Places are limited and early booking is advised.
* Cancellations are accepted by Thursday, 10th November strictly. After this date refunds will not be available.

Ichigo Ichie (meaning ‘once in a lifetime’) offers a rare kind of sanctuary dining and an unforgettable experience of Japanese haute-cuisine by its Chef Takashi Miyazaki. His kaiseki multi-course tasting menu with elaborately prepared dishes will bring you on an amazing taste journey through Japanese cuisine to enjoy a unique moment that flows and forever separates you from any other restaurant experience.

Please note that the ticket does not include travel to Cork and back. All travel arrangements as well as overnight accommodation, if you decide to stay in Cork after the event, must be organized by yourself.


Photo: https://ichigoichie.ie/

Experience Japan 2022 | Join the celebrations of Hanami Festival!

Experience Japan festival will be returning to the wonderful Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, 10th April to celebrate traditional Hanami or Cherry Blossom festival with lots of Japanese music and dance performances, martial arts, cosplay and kimono displays, delicious Japanese food, and demonstrations of Japanese culture and traditions.
All events are free and everybody is welcome!
The programme of Experience Japan festival has been published and it is packed with amazing events for everyone to enjoy! 


Dublin Bus Route 37 will drop you at Castleknock Gate (stop number 1669).

Enter Phoenix Park and take the narrow pedestrian path to your immediate right. Walk down this path until you reach the road, and turn right to see the gates of Farmleigh. This is about a 15 minute walk. On a rainy day, it may be muddy and a longer route along roads may be preferred.


Farmleigh is inside the Phoenix Park.  There are 300 free car spaces on site.

We encourage all festival goers to prioritise the parking needs of people with access or mobility issues, and take public transport wherever possible.

It will not be possible to park on White’s Road as Garda traffic restrictions will be in place. Please be wary of sat-nav! There is a 5-7 minute walk from Farmleigh car park to the House, Gallery and Gardens. Full driving directions are here.


There are several Dublin Bike stations close to the shuttle bus stop on Parkgate Street.


Follow Experience Japan for more updates and news!

Experience Japan festival returns to Phoenix Park on 10th April

Long awaited and good news from our friends at Experience Japan – it has been confirmed that Experience Japan festival will be returning to the wonderful Farmleigh house and estate this spring.
The festival takes its name from ‘Hanami’: the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossoms, to mark the arrival of Spring. Each year Experience Japan brings families and friends together in the beautiful setting of Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, to enjoy music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, seminars, and a variety of traditional arts and crafts, and to discover Japanese culture, including lots of delicious Japanese food. Many festival-goers dress for the occasion: in traditional styles, following Japanese fashion subcultures, or in cosplay.
Festival organisers will look forward to welcoming you at this year’s Hanami Festival on Sunday, 10th April.
Festival team also is looking for volunteers who could help at the festival. Volunteers are invited to complete the application form to register as a volunteer for the 2022 festival. Any questions can be emailed to volunteers.experiencejapan@gmail.com
For more information and letest updates, please check Experience Japan website:

Japanese language and culture course for beginners


Are you interested in Japan and Japanese culture? Would you like to improve your Japanese language skills?

We are delighted to invite you to our 4-week Japanese language and culture course for beginners which will provide you with essential language knowledge, cultural insights and useful tips that will allow you to learn more about this fascinating country.

Starting date: Monday, 7th March 2022

* 1st class – Monday, 7th March
* 2nd class – Monday , 14th March
* 3rd class – Monday, 21st March
* 4th class – Monday, 28th March

Time: 6.30 PM – 8 PM (each class – 90min)
Venue:  Dillon Eustace, 33 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

€80 – IJA Members
€120 – Non-members
Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.

Who this course is designed for?
* Anyone with no or very little Japanese language experience.
* Anyone who is thinking of visiting Japan as a tourist or on business.
* Anyone who has been to Japan in the past and would like to know more about the country.
* Anyone who would like to know Japanese manners and etiquette, and how to welcome guests from Japan.
* Anyone who would like a little ‘taste’ of Japanese before studying in college or doing Japanese language studies.

This course will focus on:
* Japanese greetings and gestures
* Japanese writing system and pronunciation
* Terms of respect
* Numbers
* Japanese food and how to order at a restaurant
* Japanese religions and renowned religious sites
* Self-introduction in Japanese
* Ask and answer questions about your name and country

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 with the teacher and fellow students.

Covid-19 health and safety measures:
We will work closely with our hosts at Dillon Eustace to provide safe environment for everyone during the course, and would like to ask that all course participants comply with the internal Covid-19 safety rules of the venue:

* On a weekly basis, complete visitor Covid-19 Form and return it to the venue by email not later than the day before arriving (in this case, the Friday before).
* The wearing of a suitable face covering when entering or leaving the building is required.
* The wearing of a face covering whilst in the meeting room is at the discretion of the course teacher.
* Hand sanitizers will be available in the meeting room for use.

To book your place, please RSVP by Monday, 28th February 2022 by email: info@ija.ie, or call: 01-6787008.
Please note that cancellations should be made at least 48h in advance.

This course is organized in cooperation with:

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.

Taste Japan | Online Travel Talk

Our friends at Unique Japan Tours would like to invite you to an online travel talk ‘Taste Japan’. You will learn about different aspects of affordable and higher-end Japanese cuisine and hopefully, pick up some practical knowledge about how to try out experimenting with a taste of Japan in your own home, too. Webinar is free of charge and open to everyone.

Date: Thursday, 10th December 2020
Time: 10 AM (Dublin/London time)
Pre-registration is essential: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O2zYRh1vR4iRN4SPSjkcsw 


  • Ronnie Lim, Hotel Okura Tokyo

Ronnie represents Okura Nikko Hotels and is based in their London Global Sales Office where he has established a great working relationship with Unique Japan Tours.  During the Taste Japan webinar, Ronnie will provide a summary of the portfolio.  He will be joined by his colleagues in Tokyo to give a live showcase of the flagship hotel; The Okura Tokyo where the hotel re-opened after a full makeover.  In addition to luxurious bedrooms, the tour will also feature Sazanka – a teppanyaki restaurant on level 41, giving diners a captivating experience with views of Tokyo.

  • Frank Striegl, 5AM Ramen

Frank is a Filipino American born in Tokyo and raised on ramen. He consumes over 350 bowls of ramen a year, operates a blog called ‘5 AM Ramen’ and runs ramen tours for visitors to Japan. Alongside the growth of Japan’s inbound tourism, he thought ramen-focused tours would be a lot of fun and a great way to introduce ramen to a global audience.

  • Junko Hamilton, Japanese Cooking Instructor

    With many years of delivering Japanese cookery workshops to English speaking participants, Junko san will enlighten us with some tips that we may be able to try at home even before we get to Japan.

  • Mizuki Kamakura, Japan Travel SpecialistMizuki San will outline the ‘Taste of Japan’ tour itinerary and outline the inclusions and features of this carefully crafted food-orientated tour of Japan.


  • Darina Slattery, Managing Director of Unique Japan Tours

Darina will introduce each speaker and facilitate some Q&A from the zoom audience, and also clarify any points made with reference to the services that Unique Japan Tours can offer in Japan.

For more information and to register for this webinar: https://www.uniquejapantours.com/taste-japan-online-travel-talk/

Seeing Japan through the journey of Umami and ‘Washoku’ | Online Webinar


We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2020 this year and together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Seeing Japan through the journey of Umami and ‘Washoku”.

This session will share the secret of how dashi and umami were discovered and the role of Washoku in a healthy life.

Date: Friday, 23rd October 2020
Time: 1-2 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/seeing-japan-through-the-journey-of-umami-and-washoku-tickets-124466495639


Why is Japanese food tasty and healthy?

Ana San Gabriel (Assoc. General Manager, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.) will share the secret, explaining how dashi and umami were discovered in Japan and the role of the Japanese Traditional diet (Washoku) in healthy and sustainable dietary patterns.

Until June 2010, Ana San Gabriel was a senior researcher of the Physiology & Nutrition Group at the Institute of Life Science of Ajinomoto Co, Inc., Kawasaki where she worked as a researcher since 1997. During this period, she investigated the expression and function of amino acid receptors in the stomach. From 2010 she became manager at the Public Communications Department. A graduate of the Veterinary School of La Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, she received a Masters in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr San Gabriel’s research interests include the study of the umami taste, and the taste of other non-protein amino acids, the molecular mechanisms involved in their sensing, and their multiple functions of umami substances in food and the gastrointestinal tract (gut chemical sensing).

She is also a founding member of the Association of Spanish Scientist in Japan (ACE Japon) and Scientific Affairs Representative of the Non-profit organization Umami Information Center and the International Glutamate Information Service.

She has been invited as speaker to many international scientific conferences and special lectures about chemical sensing.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/seeing-japan-through-the-journey-of-umami-and-washoku-tickets-124466495639

Visit Tokyo – the bright, buzzing and exciting capital of Japan – together with Finnair!

Visiting the bright, buzzing and exciting capital of Japan – Tokyo – has never been so easy! Finnair has just announced a very special offer for flights from Dublin to Tokyo starting from just €679!

Plan your dream trip to one of the world-renowned metropolis which is home to diverse cultures, rich traditions and cutting-edge technology.

Campaign fares from Dublin to Tokyo

Selling period: 05/12/2019 – 18/12/2019

Tokyo offers unique contrasts between modernity and tradition, old and new, and each visitor will find something charming and different to experience and admire.

Tokyo will offer you some of the world’s most elegant and trendy shopping areas, amazing local cuisine experiences, historic temples as well as funky pop culture and contemporary art exhibits. In all this, you can’t forget also hospitality and kindness of the local people.

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!

‘Once in a lifetime’ experience at Ichigo Ichie, Cork

Ichigo Ichie – one of the best Japanese restaurants in Ireland and recipient of prestigious Michelin Star award, was our absolute favorite when we decided to organise an exclusive dining experience and a special night out for our members and friends.

On 8th November we set off to Cork to experience a unique ‘once in a lifetime’ Japanese haute-cuisine by Chef Takashi Miyazaki. His kaiseki multi-course tasting menu with elaborately prepared dishes that represent the seasons, promised to bring everybody on an amazing taste journey through Japanese cuisine, and this promise was well exceeded on the night.

Every dish was a flavour-filled edible art on the plate, and we all were able to admire the effort that was put into every single detail to introduce us to new unusual food textures and combinations of ingredients.

We all had an amazing evening and we truly enjoyed the hospitality of Chef Miyazaki and his team. Here is a little insight to our evening through photos.

We would like to thank Mr. Hiro Ino, IJA Council, for organising this wonderful event.

Photos: Donagh Morris & Hiro Ino

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