IJA celebrates its biggest event of the year – Annual Dinner 2018

16th February 2018 was a special day in the calendar of events for Ireland Japan Association as its members and friends came together to celebrate one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year – IJA Annual Dinner.


This year the Annual Dinner took place at The Westbury Hotel, one of the most iconic and beautiful locations in Dublin. IJA was delighted to welcome H.E. Mrs. Mari Miyoshi, Ambassador of Japan in  Ireland, and Mr. Nicky Comyn, IRFU Junior Vice President as honorary guests at the event.

On arrival, all dinner guests were treated to a sake reception with compliments from the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

Event continued with speeches given by Ms. Darina Slattery, IJA Chairperson, H.E. Mrs. Mari Miyoshi, Ambassador of Japan in Ireland, and Mr. Nicky Comyn, IRFU Junior Vice President.

Dinner guests enjoyed a 3 course menu followed by prize giving raffle which was generously sponsored by IJA members. The grand prize this year was 2 return flights to Japan sponsored by Finnair.

IJA would like to thank Council members for their time and hard work helping to make this event such a successful celebration for everybody.

IJA would like to thank Corporate members who supported this event: Finnair, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, KWE Ireland, PM Group, Matheson, SuMi Trust, Unique Japan Tours and Yamamori Restaurants.

Big thank you goes also to our friends from Japanese Saturday School in Dublin who made the beautiful origami decorations for the dinner tables and Miss Laura Hegarty for the wonderful ‘Koto’ performance.

IJA Annual Dinner 2018 was one of the 60th Anniversary events commemorating diplomatic relationship between Ireland and Japan.



Japan Travel Seminar

The IJA and Unique Japan Tours are hosting a special Japan Travel Seminar on May 31st at a city centre venue. Enjoy a ‘Sushi & Sake Reception’ followed by ideas, videos, Japan fans, and rugby travel expert advice on the night by Darina Slattery, Managing Director of Unique Japan Tours and her team.

Date: Thursday May 31st, 2018
Time: 6-8pm

Discussions on the night will be: 
1. Japan Travel Information – General
2. Launching Autumn 2018 & all 2019 Small Group Tours (Discount Vouchers Offered on the night to those who attend)
3. Let’s Talk RUGBY (Rugby World Cup 2019)

RSVP by Monday, May 28th by getting Added to Guest List or call: 01-6787008.