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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.


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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:

Spreading the Power of Music | 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 ‘Spreading the Power of Music’ with Motoki Hirai.

During this session, Motoki Hirai will look at his activities in peace-making and connecting people across the world through music.

Date: Wednesday, 11th November 2020
Time: 1-2 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/spreading-the-power-of-music-tickets-126446580125?aff=erelpanelorg

Motoki Hirai (pianist, composer and peace activist) will speak about some of his experiences, with a particular focus on his past and present activities in peace-making and connecting people across the world through music.

Acclaimed worldwide for his imagination and sensitivity, Motoki (originally from Tokyo, resident in London in the last 25 years) has been to over 70 countries as a concert pianist, performing in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna) and Carnegie Hall (New York).

As a composer, artistic director, photographer and peace activist, Motoki travelled in over 100 countries around the world. His music has also been used in films including ‘The Emperor’s Tram Girls’ (2005), which tells the story of how the girls drove Hiroshima’s streetcars during WWII. Over the years, Motoki Hirai has worked for the promotion of world peace and for people in need worldwide in cooperation with organisations such as The Red Cross, Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Tōhoku Earthquake Fukushima Orphans Fund and UNESCO. Since the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Motoki has organized over 50 charity concerts across the UK, Europe, USA as well as the most affected areas in Japan. Motoki has been an artistic emissary of the Japanese Government since 1994.

Through music, he has been actively engaged with charity work in the areas such as peace, education, healthcare, food (e.g. Expo Milano 2015) and the environment. He is Artistic Director of the cultural exchange/education project “The Fascinating World of Folklore and Stories – Brought to Life through Reading and Music”, and Goodwill Ambassador for the “Reviving Old Imari Project” at Loosdorf Castle, Austria.


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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