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Ikebana Workshops in Dublin | PHOTO GALLERY

On 29th October we welcomed our good friend Tomoko Sempo Yanagi, Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana Society and Chairperson of Ikenobo UK and Ireland Group to Dublin for two in-person Ikebana Workshops at the Warrenmount Community Education Centre.

We would like to thank everyone who joined Ikebana workshops, and we are delighted that so many people had an amazing opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of the beautiful and delicate Ikebana flower arranging art together with Ikebana master Tomoko Sempo Yanagi.

Huge thanks to Tomoko san for sharing her passion for Ikebana with all the participants, and inspiring everyone to discover more about this unique and beautiful part of Japanese culture. During the workshop participants created their own Ikebana arrangements using seasonal flowers and plants.

We also would like to thank Warrenmount Community Education Centre and Pauline McGaley for hosting our event, welcoming everyone at the venue and looking after us on the day!

Photos: Raymond Hegarty and Eddie Hughes

Bounenkai 2022 | End of the Year Party

Another year comes to an end and we would like to invite all our members, friends and supporters to join us for the IJA Bounenkai End of the Year Party on 7th December at Yamamori North City, Dublin.

Bounenkai is the way Japanese companies, families and friends celebrate the end of the year together, in a casual setting. We hope you can join us for a delicious Japanese 3-course dinner followed by live jazz music and cheerful celebrations!

Event is open to everyone!

Date: Wednesday, 7th December 2022
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Yamamori North City, 38/39 Ormond Quay Lwr., Dublin 1


€70 – IJA Members | €80 – Non-Members

Bookings: If you would like to join Bounenkai celebrations, please RSVP by Wednesday, 30th November by email: info@ija.ie or call: 01-6787008.
* Places are limited and early booking is recommended.
* Drinks are not included in the ticket price.
* Cancellations: Please note that cancellations will be accepted by COB on Friday, 2nd December. After this date refunds will not be available.

Event programme:
* Arrivals from 6.30 p.m.
* Welcome words and Kanpai by Tsugumi Yamamoto, IJA Vice-Chairperson
* 3-course Japanese dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
* Live jazz music by Andrea Jones Quartet & Jio from 9 p.m. & celebrations until late!

Please feel free to share this invitation with your families, friends and colleagues.

Corporate members and teams are welcome! A great opportunity for corporate members and teams to join celebrations in Dublin city centre venue with delicious meal & live music!


About Andrea Jones Quartet (jazz) & Jio


The Andrea Jones Quartet is a collaborative group led by tenor saxophonist Andrea Jones that features the cream of the crop of emerging young talents in Irish jazz. Graduates of the DCU Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Andrea is joined by Patrick Keegan on electric guitar, Aidan Gray on electric bass, and Michael McCarthy on drums. As composers, each member brings you into a different sound-world comprising group textures and improvisations, expansive narrative themes, and both short and long form compositions inspired by a wide range of jazz; from Monk to Mark Turner.





A vinyl set of slow-mo selections from Jio will follow. Found regularly behind the counter at All City. Co-brains behind the label/party Pear with Fio Fa, while also in (co)charge of labels Arís and P.U.P. A DJ when called upon in clubs, festivals and other fine establishments such as Rinse FM, NTS and DDR. A man of many styles, most of them summed up with the neat term ‘dance’ – while also a small dose of ‘yacht rock’ for good measure.

Ikebana Workshop with Tomoko Sempo Yanagi

IMPORTANT | Please note that the afternoon session at 1 p.m. is SOLD OUT now (you can be added to a waiting list), and a few tickets are available for morning session at 10.30 a.m. only.  – updated on 14.10.2022


We are delighted to invite you to join Tomoko Sempo Yanagi, Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana Society and Chairperson of Ikenobo UK and Ireland Group, at her Dublin ‘Ikebana workshop’ to discover art, history and specific techniques of Ikebana, and have hands-on experience creating beautiful Ikebana flower arrangement to take home with you!

Date: Saturday, 29th October 2022
Time: 10.30 AM – 12 PM (A few places still available) | 1 PM – 2.30 PM (This session is SOLD OUT)
Venue: Warrenmount Education Centre, 15/17 Mill Street, Dublin 8, D08 V58X

* €25 for one workshop | €45 for two workshops (workshop, flowers, materials)
* €40 for one workshop | €60 for two workshops (workshop, flowers, materials + 1 Kenzan)
Vases can be purchased at the venue at the face value €10-20.

Bookings: To book your ticket, please RSVP by Friday, 21st October by email: info@ija.ie or call us: 01-6787008.
Cancellations: Cancellations have to be made by Tuesday, 25th October. After this date refunds will not be available.
Event plan:

* History, philosophy and traditions of Ikebana flower arranging art.
* Demonstration of Ikebana flower arranging by Tomoko Sempo Yanagi.
* for participants to create their own Ikebana arrangements with the guidance from Tomoko Sempo Yanagi and her assistants.
* Photo option of the finished arrangements.
* Participants will receive an informative leaflet about Ikebana.
* Optional: For continuous learning, participants will have the opportunity to enroll in Ikebana distance learning courses and attend in-person sessions (workshop and/or demonstration) which will be offered by Tomoko Sempo Yanagi in Dublin. More details will be available at the workshop.

Ikebana is an ancient and meditative Japanese art of flower arranging, initially known as Ikenobo, and cherished by emperors, high-ranked warriors and lords. It dates back to over 550 years ago and and is still practiced as a highly respected cultural art form all over the world maintaining traditional methods and incorporating several new styles that developed over the history.
‘Flowers are not only beautiful, but they could reflect the passing of time, and how we respond to an ever-changing future. There is beauty not only in an open flower, but also a flower’s bud which holds the energy of life as it opens towards the future. Together with flowers, humans are vital parts of nature and arranging Ikebana expresses this awareness.’ – Tomoko Sempo Yanagi
About Tomoko Sempo Yanagi
Tomoko Sempo Yanagi holds professor status with the Ikenobo School of Ikebana. Experienced in Ikebana since childhood. Her first public Ikebana demonstration was in California in 1989. After she moved to the UK in 1998, she exhibited her Ikebana works and conducted workshops at various places and occasions including The Embassy of Japan, Hammersmith and Fulham Flower Show, Google European HQ (Dublin), Cisco Poland, Flower Council of Holland, and a range of secondary schools in London. She was awarded a bronze medal at the Royal Horticultural Society, London Flower Show in 2001. Educated and lived in Japan, the US and the UK, she is also a mother of Irish/Japanese boys.

Summer Ikebana Workshop with Tomoko Ozaki

[updated on 01.07.2022]
We are delighted to invite you to our Summer Ikebana Workshop with Tomoko Ozaki, where you will have an opportunity to learn about Ikebana traditions and principles, as well as make your own Ikebana flower arrangement.

Date: Saturday, 9th July 2022
Time: 11am – 1pm (2h)
Venue: Yamamori North City (Outdoor Garden), 38/39 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 A593
Tickets: €25 (IJA Members) | €40 (Non-Members)
* All materials – flowers, kenzan and container-  are included in the ticket price. €10 off ticket price if you own and bring your own kenzan for the workshop!
* Limited places available so early booking is advised.
* Cancellations have to be made 48h before the event. No refunds will be available after that.

During this workshop you will learn about Ikebana flower arranging art in Japan, its history and rich traditions, flower arranging principles, concept of lines, space and colours. Ikebana master Tomoko Ozaki will offer practical guidance, and during the workshop you will make your very own Ikebana centerpiece to take home with you! No previous experience is needed.

Optional: Turn this day into a full  Japanese culture experience and treat yourself to a delicious Japanese lunch after the workshop at the Yamamori Sushi Restaurant! (Lunch is not included in the ticket price.)

Bookings: [Updated on 01.07.2022 – This workshop is fully booked now!]
If you would like to participate in this workshop, please RSVP by Monday 4th July 12pm by email: info@ija.ie or call: 01-6787008.

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 Kimono: Dressing Demonstration | Online Webinar

The Ireland Japan Association is delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘Japanese Kimono: Dressing Demonstration’ together with Akiko Kidokoro and Emily Waszak from Dublin Kitsuke Society. The webinar will take place via Zoom on Saturday, 27th June at 11 a.m.
The Kimono (着物) has become established as one of the most recognisable elements of Japanese culture. This traditional Japanese dress can embrace many different styles and remains in use in modern Japan. This webinar will give you an opportunity to experience Kimono dressing demonstration with full explanations from our guest speakers Akiko and Emily.

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2020
Time: 11 a.m.
Booking details: Webinar will take place on Zoom and login details will be sent to all registered participants via e-mail.  Webinar is free of charge but registration is required by e-mail: info@ija.ie

  • Akiko Kidokoro was born and raised in Japan. She has a BA in Japanese language and literature from Sophia university in Tokyo. She is happy to spread her love for Japanese culture such as Kimono, the Japanese tea ceremony and origami.
  • Emily Waszak is a textile designer living in Dublin. She was born in America to a Japanese father and she herself lived in Japan for many years, learning about Kimono and Japanese textiles. Emily has a Master of Textiles degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles.

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