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Experience Japan Seminar Day
 2014
Saturday 26th April 2014, 11.15am to 4.15pm

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle (Free admission)

During the day there will be seminar talks covering gender representation in Japanese Art and Theatre with a review of policy changes supporting ‘Science Women’ in Japan. Professor Andrew Gerstle (SOAS) will speak on ‘Gender representation in Kabuki’.  For more information.
Experience Japan – Japanese & Irish High School Life
Friday 25th April 2014, 2 to 4.40pm
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle (Free admission)
This event will focus on Japanese pop and traditional culture from a teenager’s perspective. The event will include presentations and talks by Japanese students who will share their experiences of high school life in Japan. The day will include an anime screening and a cosplay fashion demonstration portraying the development of Japanese fashion and costuming from traditional to modern.  For more information.

Experience Japan Festival Day
13th April 2014 from 12 to 4pm at Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park

The main Experience Japanese festival day will be on Sunday 13th April 2014 in the love surroundings of Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park. This event brings together groups interested in Japan and Japanese culture in a Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival. Traditionally at this time of year across Japan groups come together for a community celebration marking the appearance of the Cherry Blossom very often accompanied with the sound of the traditional Taiko drums. All activities are free with stage performances as well as demonstrations and workshops. Activities will start at 12noon and run until 4pm.  For more information see here.

“Kumamoto Artpolis: Architecture Through Communication”
5th to 25th March 2014 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at the RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Admission Free
In cooperation with the Japan Foundation, and in co-sponsorship with the RIAI, the Embassy of Japan in Ireland presents an exhibition of photographs entitled “Kumamoto Artpolis: Architecture Through Communication” at the The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). Admission is free for this Experience Japan 2014 pre-event.  “Kumamoto Artpolis” is a programme operated by the Local Government in Kumamoto Prefecture since 1988 where they call for young and energetic architects to design public buildings to enhance culture through architecture and to raise the awareness of local people towards regional development and revitalisation.
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An evening of Tanka & Haiku Readings
27th February 2014 at 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm) at the Embassy of Japan, Nutley Building, Merrion Centre, Nutley Lane, Dublin 4
Admission free (booking required)
The Embassy of Japan is hosting an evening of Japanese tanka and haiku readings with the Irish Haiku Society and Experience Japan.  The evening will feature readings by tanka poet Hisa Kagawa from Osaka, Japan, and by haiku poet Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Chairman of the Irish Haiku Society [Link].  To register please contact the Embassy’s Press and Cultural Affairs Section (email or phone 01 202 8305).

 

Hisa Kagawa is one of Japan’s most established tanka poets, and won the prestigious Kadokawa Award in 1988 and the Wakayama Bokusui Award in 2007. She is a regular judge for tanka awards in Japan and has published many collections of tanka, including “The Blue”, issued in March 2012. She visits Ireland and the UK every year and writes tankainspired by her travels.  Tanka and haiku are both forms of traditional Japanese poetry which remain popular in modern Japan. Tanka is a 31-syllable poem consisting of five lines in the pattern 5-7-5-7-7, whereas haiku is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, respectively.

Japanese Theatre Production: Godot has come
14th & 15th February 2014 at 7.30pm at the Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin & Granary Theatre, Cork at 8pm on 19th & 20th February 
This February as an Experience Japan Pre-Event we are delighted to have a production of “Godot has come” by the playwright, novelist and essayist Minoru Betsuyaku, directed by K. Kiyama, is taking place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin and at the Granary Theatre in Cork. [More Details]
Experience Japan Festival Day 2014
13th April 2014 from 12 to 4pm at Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park
The main Experience Japanese festival day will be on Sunday 13th April 2014 in the love surroundings of Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park. This event brings together groups interested in Japan and Japanese culture in a Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival. Traditionally at this time of year across Japan groups come together for a community celebration marking the appearance of the Cherry Blossom very often accompanied with the sound of the traditional Taiko drums. All activities are free with stage performances as well as demonstrations and workshops. Activities will start at 12noon and run until 4pm.
A variety of other events will also run during first two weeks of April and more information will be available shortly!

Application to perform at the Festival Day 2014 in Farmleigh
Deadline for applications – 7th February 2014

Would you or your group like to be perform at Experience Japan?  Again this year we are delighted to accept applications from experienced individuals / groups who would like to perform at the main festival on 13th April.  To apply complete the attached PDF and return by Friday, 7th February 2014.  Successful applicants will be informed in mid February. [PDF Application]

Japanese Film Festival 2013
11th April to 25th April

The Japanese Film Festival 2013 start on the 11th April in Dublin’s Light House Cinema before visiting venues in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.  The JFF is co-organised by The Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA and the Ireland Japan Association, with the support of The Japan Foundation it promises to be a film packed occasion.  For more information about the see.

Experience Japan Seminar Series – “Beyond Japanese”
Wednesday, 10th April 2013 from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Long Room Hub, TCD

“The Japanese writing system: Challenges and strategies for the language teachers and learner’s” by Dr. Heath Rose (TCD) and “Fan Translation of Anime, Manga and Video Games: Hard fun to engage learners” by Dr Minako O’Hagan (DCU).  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Message for the Irish Ambassador in Tokyo
5th April 2013

A message from John Neary, the Irish Ambassador in Tokyo on the launch of Experience Japan Festival 2013.

Experience Japan Festival Events for 2013
4th April to 21st April 2013

Experience Japan has now released a list of events for 2013.  The festival has expanded this year to include a wider range of events and activities in addition to the main Festival in Farmleigh on Sunday 7th April.  There will be many other opportunities to celebrate Japan and Japanese culture with events take place at a variety of locations around the city including Chester Beatty Library, Trinity College, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and others.  See here for the current list of activities.

Experience Japan Festival Day
7th April 2013 from 12 to 4pm at Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park

The main Experience Japanese festival day will be on Sunday 7th April 2013 in the love surroundings of Farmleigh House & Estate in the Phoenix Park. This event brings together groups interested in Japan and Japanese culture in a Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival. Traditionally at this time of year across Japan groups come together for a community celebration marking the appearance of the Cherry Blossom very often accompanied with the sound of the traditional Taiko drums. All activities are free with stage performances as well as demonstrations and workshops. Activities will start at 12noon and run until 4pm.

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