2018 Festival Day

2018 Festival Day

Sunday, 22nd April 2018
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.

The best way to get to the festival is the free Dublin Bus return shuttle service running 10:30am-6pm between Parkgate Street and Farmleigh.

Top Tips to enjoy the day:

Bring a picnic to enjoy under the cherry trees
Bring cash, as there are no ATM or card services available on site
Bring a reusable water bottle and fill up at the drinking fountains
Follow us for updates on Facebook and Twitter and use the tag #ExpJapan
Respect your surroundings and please leave Farmleigh as beautiful as you find it!

Download the Festival Map

*Please note that this is a provisional schedule!*

11:50 Opening performance: Experience Japan Taiko Team
EJ Japanese ‘Soranbushi’ dance
Short series of community performances
EJ Japanese J-Pop dance

12:40 Taiseiyo Taiko
CosPlay presentation

13:00  Junshi Murakami & Philip Horan– Fusion of Japanese and Irish traditional music

Philip Horan lived in Japan from 1999-2001 where he studied the shakuhachi or Japanese bamboo flute. He performs the Zen-inspired solo repertoire of the shakuhachi as well as ensemble music with koto. He also makes and performs on his own shakuhachi. 

Born in Tokyo, Junshi Murakami has lived and worked in Ireland since 1999. He studied Irish harp with Áine Ní Dhubhghaill at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. One of the finest Irish harpers currently working in Ireland, Junshi’s arrangements of traditional Irish tunes can be found in the compilation Rogha na gCruitirí (Cáirde na Cruite, 2010), which are included in the RIAM syllabus for Irish harp examination.

Community performances: singing, traditional dance & children’s showcase
Martial arts demonstration

14:00 Red Empire
Dublin- and Arklow-based band Red Empire will perform some of their most popular songs as well as a special Japanese version of their song “Deliver Me” called “Michibiki”. This version was translated and supervised in-studio by Tomohiro Kaibara and was released worldwide two years ago to a great response.

Short break

14:20 Official Opening ceremony: Experience Japan Taiko Drummers
Guest speeches
Traditional Japanese Sake Barrel Opening Ceremony

15:00 EJ TaiKo Drummers with Irish dance and music: Celebration of Irish and Japanese Culture
Robbie Walsh & James Mahon – Bodhrán performance
Martial arts demonstration

15:45 Grand Finale: Red Empire, EJ Taiko, & Soranbushi

Grafitti Wall

Cabinet Kitchen:

‘New Forms in Japanese Art’ – a talk by Curator Mark St.John Ellid

Farmleigh Gallery:
Irish and Japanese Fashion Exhibition (open 10am-5pm)

Cowshed Theatre:
Japanese Pottery
Bonsai Display
Kimono and Yukata dressing (12-2pm)

Arkle Room:

Walled Garden:
Haiku Ireland poetry reading at 2pm and 3:15 pm

Children’s Area:
Yo-yo fishing*
Wanage (traditional Japanese children’s game)
*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.


Kodokan Judo Club
JKA Shotokan
Dublin Aikikai Aikido
Kenjutsu Ireland
Irish Karate Kyokushinkai
Kenjutsu Ballina
Kendo na hEireann

Download the Martial Arts stage schedule


Asia Market
Fused by Fiona Uyema
Oishii Foods
Wa Café
Cactus / House of Japan
Susi Foods
Kokoro Sushi Bento

(At Farmleigh House entrance)

Festival Information
Embassy of Japan
Council of Local Authorities for International Relations
Mitsubishi Electric
Post Primary Languages Initiative