Sunday, 23rd April 2017
12pm to 4pm at Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park
Join us in the beautiful surrounds of Farmleigh to celebrate Japanese and Japanese-Irish culture. Bring your friends, your family, your kids, your dogs (on leads!) and enjoy the huge variety of Japan, from traditional Taiko drumming to modern-day Cosplay.
Top Tips to enjoy the day:
Bring a picnic to enjoy under the cherry trees
See how to get there (we strongly recommend the free shuttle bus from Dublin Bus!)
Download the Festival Day map and print it or save it to your phone
Get updates from us on Facebook and Twitter
Don’t forget to tag your social media posts with #ExpJapan
Respect the surroundings and leave Farmleigh as beautiful as you find it!
*SCHEDULE: Please note that times and running orders are subject to change!*
MAIN STAGE EVENTS
12.00 Opening Taiko performance & Martial Arts demo / Welcome & Festival Opening / Community Performances / Taiko/ Nankin Tamasudare (Japanese traditional performance) / Irish & Japanese healing music
13.10 Children’s performance / Japanese traditional dance / Shamisen (Japanese string instrument)
14.00 Lowlight Gathering / EJ & Kids’ Taiko fusion of Bodhrán and dance
14.40 Ceremonial presentation: Speeches & ‘Kagamibiraki’ (traditional sake barrel opening)
15.00 J-Pop & traditional ‘Soranbushi’ dance / Martial Arts demo
16.00 Japanese Matsuri Grand Finale
About the performers:
Hibiki Ishikawa is a Tsukaru Shamisen player based in the UK.
Junshi Murakami, Philip Horan & Sean Whelan fuse Japanese and Irish instruments, music and traditions. Junshi plays the Irish harp, Philip plays the Japanese shakuhachi and Sean plays guitar.
Robbie Walsh is a bodhrán player from Dublin. He will play Irish music with his friends, and this year is also working on a fusion performance with our EJ kids Taiko team.
Lowlight Gathering are a folk-rock band from Monaghan who released their debut EP ‘Young Hearts’ in 2016.
Tamaire (Japanese ball-throwing game)
Poetry reading in the Walled Garden
*Parents, please note that we have finite supplies for these activities and will have to finish when we run out! Visit early to avoid disappointment.
Japanese Satutrday School kids’ artwork
Professional Calligraphy Demonstration
‘Kamishibai’ story telling (Demonstration Room/Second Stage)
Kimono & Yukata dressing
(12 to 2 pm only)
Peter McBride photo exhibition
Bonsai display (TBC)
MARTIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS
11.45 Irish Kendo Federation
12.15 WSKF Karate
12.45 Kodokan Judo Club
13.15 JKA Shotokan
13.45 Dublin Aikikai Aikido
14.15 Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo
15.00 Kenjutsu Ireland
15.30 Irish Karate Kyokushinkai
SEMINARS IN THE CABINET KITCHEN
(Entrance by the courtyard)
12:30-13:00 Rakugo for Kids
13:00-13:45 The World of Noh Costumes
13:45-14:15 Japanese Gardens Kildare
14:15 – 14:45 Prose and Haiku “Even The Mountains – Five Years in a Japanese Village”
14:45-15:15 Rakugo for everyone
15:15-15:45 Japanese Gardens Kildare
Farmleigh self-tours: 12.00-1.30, 3-4pm