Experience Japan was expanded this year to include a wider range of events and activities which will take place between 4th April and 21st April.  As well as the main Festival in Farmleigh on Sunday 7th April, there will be many other opportunities to celebrate Japan and Japanese culture.  Events will take place at a variety of locations around the city including Chester Beatty Library, Trinity College, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and others.

List of events conducted in 2013

Chester Beatty Printmaking Workshops
Thursday 4 – Friday 5 April from 10am-4pm
Chester Beatty Library Events

Join Hiroko Imada for this two-day printmaking workshop for teens and adults. Explore the Library’s collections and Learn how to make your own lithograph prints.  Limited to 15 places, €50 each, materials provided.
Please book online from Monday 2 April, 9.30am onwards at www.cbl.ie under Educational Services.

Launch of Experience Japan 2013
Friday 5 April at 6.30pm
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (Space limited by invitation only)

Experience Japan Hanami Festival Day
Sunday 7 April, 12 to 4pm
Farmleigh House & Estate
Phoenix Park (Free admission)

Join members of Dublin’s Japanese community and students groups from UCD and DCU to celebrate a Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival.  Hanami is an annual event in Japan where friends come together for outdoor parties to welcome spring and celebrate nature.  (This event is supported by Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works.)

Activities include:
• Taiko drum performances
• Martial Arts demonstrations
• Music performances with a fusion of Japanese and Irish performances
• Origami and kite making craft workshops for children
• Yo-Yo fishing and other fun activities for children
• Cosplay fashions framed with traditional Kimono displays
• Photographic competition
• Japanese art workshop
• Soran Bushi dancing
• Japanese food stalls
• Seminars on Japanese Food, Animation and Japanese Art

Jinashi Shakuhachi Performance
Monday, 8 April 2013 at 1.15pm
St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (Free admission)

Kiku Day is a shakuhachi player from Denmark who studied honkyoku, the repertoire of the shakuhachi playing komus monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism from the Edo period (1603–1867), with the master Okuda Atusya in Tokyo for 11 years.  She is a founding member of the European Shakuhachi Society.

Experience the Art of Japanese Beauty
8 April to 21 April
Department Store events in Arnotts, Clerys and Debenhams Blanchardstown

Shiseido is not only Japan’s oldest cosmetics company but one of the oldest in the world.  As part of Experience Japan they will be running mini events and activity over two weeks (8th – 21st April) in Arnotts, Clerys and Debenhams Blanchardstown at the Shiseido counter. Come along to Experience the Art of Japanese Beauty and learn about Shiseido’s rich Japanese heritage, have a complimentary makeover, a Shiatsu hand massage or a mini RX facial utilizing the Tsubo pressure points.  To celebrate, Shiseido are also offering an Origami bag or a Sakura keepsake box gift with purchase.  There will also be an origami folding contest and a draw in each store to win a luxury Shiseido hamper worth €500.

EJ Seminar Series “Beyond Japanese”
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 at 6pm
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin (All welcome)

Minako O’Hagan  from Dublin City University will speak on “Fan/User translation of anime/game” followed by Heath Rose speaking on “Japanese writing system: Challenges & Strategies”.

Japanese Film Festival 2013
11 April to 14 April
Light House Cinema
Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Thursday April 11
9.00pm – From Up On Poppy Hill
Friday April 12
6.10pm – Just Pretended To Hear
8.30pm – Wolf Children
10.50pm – Nagisa Oshima: The Man Who Left His Soul On Film Copy
Saturday April 13
11.00am – Berserk 1
1.00pm – Berserk 2
3.00pm – My Back Page
6.00pm – 009 Re: Cyborg + Q&A
8.30pm – Ace Attorney
Sunday April 14
11.00pm – From Up on Poppy Hill
1.00pm – Rent-A-Cat
3.15pm – Rebirth
8.10pm – The Woodsman And The Rain
8.30pm – Thermae Romae

Butoh Dance Therapy Workshop
19 April to 21 April
Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Booking required (for more information see)

Chester Beatty Library Day
Saturday 20 April
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle (Free admission)

Taiko Performance at 11.15am and at 1.30pm.  During the day there will be seminar talks by Ruth Starr on Japanese Art and Jimmy Murakami on Animation. Followed by a talk by Prof Graham Parkes, Director of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies, UCC.  Then at 3pm there will be a Japanese Language Taster Session for Families and another for Adults.  Also starting at 3.15pm guided tours of Chester Beatty Library.