Main Festival – 2011

Face Painting and Yo-Yo Fishing

We will also hold fun events for children, including face painting and Yo-Yo Fishing. Kids can have their faces painted with sakura (cherry blossom) petals to mark the occasion of Hanami. Yo- yo fishing is a popular event at Japanese festivals (matsuri), it involves ‘fishing’ colourful balloons filled with water from a pool.

Origami workshops

The popular art of ‘folding paper’ is a major part of Japanese art.  There will be 20 minute sessions for children held in the ‘Cowshed Theatre’ where they will be taught how to make origami cranes.

Shakuhachi and Irish Harp

A fusion of Japanese and Irish traditional music, Philip Horan will play the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute and Junshi Murakami will play the Harp.

Nihon Buyo

Nihon Buyo is a traditional Japanese dance which is performed on stage. It embodies elements of earlier performing arts such as ‘bugaku’ and ‘nohgaku’.

Kimono dressing

A presentation of how Japanese women dress up in their tradition outfit, the Kimono.


Cosplay (costume play) by the best performance artists in Dublin. The participants will dress as characters from popular Japanese Anime. There will be a prize for the most impressive character and they will be awarded the ‘Experience Japan Day Cosplay Award 2011.’

Japanese Story Telling

As in all cultures, Japan also has myths and legends which have been passed down for centuries. Story telling for children will take place under the Sakura (cherry blossom) trees.


Soranbushi is a traditional Japanese sea shanty. It accompanies the bon dance, which depicts fishermen dragging nets and pulling ropes. This dance will be performed by the Soranbushi group from DCU and UCD.


Judo means ‘gentle way’ and involves using techniques like joint locking and strangle holds to throw or take down an opponent.


Kendo means ‘way of the sword’ and is based on traditional Samurai swordsmanship.

Taiko Drum Performance

Taiko has been part of Japanese culture for many centuries. The word Taiko means ‘wide drum’ in Japanese.  There will be a performance by Taiseiyo Taiko and the DCU/UCD Taiko group.

Japanese Fine Art, Anime and Manga and J-Pop Seminar

Experts will give seminars on the popular art forms in Japan. A particular highlight will be Jimmy Murakami discussing his work in Anime and Manga.


Aikido means ‘the way of harmonious spirit’, and is a martial art that focuses on blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack.


Iaido displays the controlled, smooth movements of drawing a sword, striking the opponent and replacing the sword in its sheath.

Japanese Food Stalls

There will be food stalls in which people can buy popular Japanese food like sushi and sashimi.

Other Events

Other than the main festival itself, Experience Japan has organized various events to take place throughout the week!

Monday, 11th April Commemorative Event
Commemorative Event for Victims of Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami in JAPAN

The Japanese Community in Dublin, in association with Dublin City Council and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, held an event to commemorate the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami and to provide an opportunity for people to show Ireland’s solidarity with Japan. The event took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday 11 April 2011 at 7pm. Experience Japan, a group organizing a celebration of Japanese culture in April 2011, coordinated this commemorative event.

Japanese Language taster classes
– Tuesday 12 April – DCU – DCU Language taster class
– Thursday 14 April – UCD – UCD Language taster class

Japanese Movie Show
– Film Screening – Wednesday 13 April at DCU
– Film Screening  – Thursday 14 April at UCD

Origami Workshops in Dublin City Council Libraries
– Monday 11 April –  10:30   Drumcondra Library &  15:00   Cabra Library
– Tuesday 12 April –  10:30   Marino Library &  15:00   Raheny Library
– Wednesday 13 April –  10:30   Pembroke Library &  15:00  Kevin Street Library
– Thursday 14 April –   15:00   Terenure Library
– Friday 15 April –   15:00   Ballymun Library
– Saturday 16 April –  11:00   WalkinstownLibrary