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FESTIVAL DAY – 17 April 2016

Main Stage Events

  • 12:00 – 13:00 – Opening | J-pop dance | Irish & Japanese music performances | Taiko drumming
  • 13:00 – 14:30 – Children’s performance | Japanese traditional dance | Rock music | Jazz music
  • 14:30 – 15:45 – Irish Folk Music, Japanese Traditional Dance, Newpark Japanese Jazz band
  • 15:45 – 16:00 – Japanese matsuri grand finale

About the performers

Red Empire are a rock band from Dublin and Athlone. They have performed live on RTE’s Saturday Night Show, TG4’s Róisín and most of the major radio stations throughout the country.  They’ve recently released their debut album, Inhale, and are known for ‘Michibiki’, a Japanese translation of their song ‘Deliver Me’.

Irish Shakuhachi player Philip Horan, Japanese Irish harpist Junshi Murakami and Irish guitarist Sean Whelan perform a fusion of Japanese and Irish music. They have been friends and supporters of Experience Japan since 2010.

Robbie Walsh  is a young Irish bodhrán player who in 2008 became the Dublin, Leinster and All Ireland Champion.  Robbie has played with bands and shows including The Hunters, Keeva, B*witched, Blasta, The Jeremiahs, Celtic Céilí, Celtic Legends and Damhsa, entertaining audiences from the US to the Middle East.

The Japanese Jazz Guitar Trio came together through Newpark Music Centre. Junya Kameyama, Gennai Iwanaga and Daiki Kuto play jazz but also love arranging and performing Japanese animation music in jazz style.

 

Cultural Activities & Demonstrations

  • COSPLAY

    Some of Ireland’s best cosplayers showcased their creations on the martial arts stage at 2pm.

  • GRAFITTI WALL

    Artist Shota Kotake drew and painted in anime style.

  • BON ODORI DANCE

    A traditional Japanese dance, performed by the mothers of students in the Japanese School of Ireland.

  • ORIGAMI

    Fold paper to make classic origami shapes including the crane.

  • POETRY/HAIKU

    Members of Haiku Ireland and the Irish Haiku Society gave poetry readings in the Walled Garden.

  • FACEPAINTING

    Our professional face painters brightened the faces of children at the festival!

  • TAMAIRE/POLE BASKET BALL

    A familiar game to anyone who’s been to a Sports Day in Japan!

  • YOYO FISHING

    A classic Japanese festival game – fish the yo-yo tsuri (balloon) from the water.

  • YUKATA/KIMONO

    Try on traditional Japanese Yukata and Kimono robes, and take a picture!

Food Stalls & Suppliers

KOKORO SUSHI BENTOYAMAMORIWA CAFÉSUSI FOODS, OISHII FOODMASAKI NAKAGAWA, ASIA MARKETP&K FOODS, CACTUS 

Japanese Crafts

SHIBORI (indigo dyeing) with Mottanai TextilesGROWING BONSAI TREES with Bonsai Ireland, JAPANESE POTTERY, IKEBANA

Seminar Series

1. CODERDOJO, JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION CENTRE (JICE), RAKUGO WITH DR TILL WEINGARTNER, JAPANESE COOKING JOURNEY WITH FIONA UYEMA 

CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY SEMINAR – 9 April 2016

Rakugo has been pulling audiences into its spell long before TV and films appeared in Japan and continues to be enjoyed as “sit-down comedy”. Dr Till Weingärtner from the School of Asian Studies of UCC is happy and excited to introduce Rakugo to an Irish audience, starting with an introduction to the genre and a performance of selected stories in English. Till has researched Japanese comedy and performing arts for several years, has organised European performances for professional artists from Japan and is happy to show what he has learnt from the great Rakugo masters of Japan.

BACH COLLEGIUM – 12 April 2016

Experience Japan was delighted to support this event in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Completing the ‘Choral Series’ were the outstanding Bach Collegium of Japan under the direction of founder Masaaki Suzuki, the internationally renowned and highly reputed Bach performer, organist, harpsichordist, conductor and musicologist. They were joined by a wonderful cast of soloists to perform one of the masterpieces of choral music, Bach’s Mass in B minor. Described as “the greatest musical work of art of all times and nations,” Bach’s thrilling Mass in B minor is the culminating work of his composing career.

T.ej – 23 April 2016

T.ej, a TEDx-style speaking and networking event with a Japanese twist, was held in UCD with expert talks on:

Cuisine and Tea
1. Beyond raw fish: how I fell in love with Japanese food (Ms Fiona Uyema – Food writer and cook)
2. How to make the best tea (Mr Yoshihiro Iguchi – Embassy of Japan in Ireland)
Demonstration: Making tea and enjoying it with sweets

AI and Games
1. Shogi and Artificial Intelligence (Dr Akihiro Kishimoto – IBM Research)

Legal and Business
1. Guilty! Life in a Japanese courtroom (Mr Paul Murphy – RTÉ)
2. Do you know…? (Ms Akiko Sato – Enterprise Ireland)

Student Life
1. What I learned from an international exchange program (Ms Miyuki Suetsugu – DCU)
2. Teaching Japanese to foreigners (Mr Koki Minegishi – DCU)

Martial Arts
1. Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu style of Iaido (Mr Nick Johnston)
2. Demonstration: Katori Shinto Ryu kenjutsu (Mr Aidan O’Reilly)

Music, Film and Literature
1. The bamboo and Zen are One! (Mr Philip Horan – Shakuhachi player)
2. Performance: Taiko – An icon of Japanese culture (EJ Taiko Team)
3. Fading and Emerging: Japan’s Women Filmmakers (Dr Jennifer O’Meara – NUI Maynooth)
4. Shakespeare and Fukushima (Mr Paul Murray with Ms Kaori Hirashige and Mr So Onose – UCD)


JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

A collaboration between the Embassy of Japan and access>CINEMA, with support from the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation, the JFF featured a diverse programme of 20 films from some Japan’s most acclaimed filmmakers and was supported by Experience Japan. See the details at www.jff.ie.