About _our team_

About our team

What is Experience Japan ?

Experience Japan is a series of events designed to celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese community in Ireland. Our events promote integration and cultural understanding between all communities.The centrepiece of Experience Japan is a ‘Hanami’ festival day where families and friends come together to enjoy free music and dance performances, along with demonstrations of Japanese culture. ‘Hanami’ is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring.

Experience Japan is an entirely non-commercial, community organisation operated by volunteers. The Festival Day in Farmleigh House and associated events are supported by the Office of Public Works, Dublin City Council and the Embassy of Japan. The EJ organising committee are representatives of the Japanese and Irish-Japanese communities in Ireland, and volunteer their time to organise the festival.

Committee Members

2010

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Doire Myler (Treasurer), Yuriko Kayamoto (Japanese Foundation), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Motoko Fujita (Japanese Culture Club), Etsuko Tsuchiya (DCU Japanese Society), Kanae Tanemoto (DCU Japanese Society), Kiriko Yamada, Lian McGillycuddy (UCD Japanese Society), Mary Ruane (UCD ALC), Mio Arai (DCU Japanese Society) & Sarah Cullivan (UCD Japanese Society)

2011

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Doire Myler (Treasurer), Yuriko Kayamoto (Japanese Foundation), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Amy King (Cosplay Ireland), Anu Joy (UCD Japanese Society), Eimear McCormack (DCU), Eoin McKeogh (DCU Japanese Society), Jack Handy (UCD Japanese Society), James McDonnell (UCD Japanese Society), Kiriko Yamada, Lian McGillycuddy (UCD Japanese Society) & Mary Ruane (UCD ALC)

2012

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Doire Myler (Treasurer), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Amy King (Cosplay Ireland), Anu Joy (UCD Japanese Society),
Eimear McCormack (DCU Japanese Society), Jack Handy (UCD Japanese Society), James McDonnell (UCD Japanese Society) & Mary Ruane (UCD ALC)

2013

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Yuichi Asada (Treasurer), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Mary Ruane (UCC School of Asian Studies), Amy King (Cosplay Ireland), Anu Joy (UCD Japanese Society), Shona O’Keeffe (UCD Japanese Society), Hannah Lemass (DCU Japanese Society),
Ryoko Sasamoto (DCU SALIS) & Charis Hughes (IJET Alumni Association)

Other Attendees at Committee Meetings
Yuichi Yamada (Embassy of Japan)

2014

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Yuichi Asada (Treasurer), Doire Myler (Accounts Officer), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Mary Ruane (UCC School of Asian Studies), Amy King (Cosplay Ireland), Ryoko Sasamoto (DCU SALIS), Charis Hughes (IJET Alumni Association), Sabrina Dunlea (UCD Japanese Society) & Jack You Chong (DCU Japanese Society)

Other Attendees at Committee Meetings
Yuichi Yamada (Embassy of Japan)

2015

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Naonori Kodate (Treasurer), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Mary Ruane (UCC School of Asian Studies), Amy King (Cosplay Ireland), Ryoko Sasamoto (DCU SALIS), Charis Hughes (IJET Alumni Association), Áine Bullock (UCD Japanese Society) &
Nao Ukai (DCU Japanese Society)

Other Attendees at Committee Meetings
Yuichi Yamada (Embassy of Japan)

2016

Hugo O’Donnell (Chair), Naonori Kodate (Treasurer), Nobuko Ijichi (UCD ALC), Mary Ruane (UCC School of Asian Studies), Charis Hughes (IJET Alumni Association), Áine Bullock (UCD Japanese Society), Tensho Yano (DCU Japanese Society) & Nao Ukai (DCU Japanese Society)

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