Experience Japan Hanami Festival Day Farmleigh House & Estate, Phoenix Park Sunday 7 April 2019

10 April 19

Come along to the Experience Japan Hanami Festival in the beautiful grounds of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 7 April, 2019 and celebrate Irish and Japanese culture with friends and family.

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, who will attend this year's event, remarked "I am very much looking forward to this most popular event which goes from strength to strength each year. It's a great day out for families and is complimented by its setting in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh House and Estate".


Join members of Dublin's Japanese community and Dublin based groups interested in Japanese culture to celebrate a Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival.  Hanami is an annual event in Japan where friends and family come together for outdoor parties to welcome spring and celebrate nature.  Activities at this, the tenth year of the hugely popular festival which is hosted by the Office of Public Works at Farmleigh, are as follows:

Timetable subject to variation on the day:



Taiko Drums Performance

Experience Japan Taiko Team is joined by the new children’s Junior Team


Festival Welcome and Introduction


Soranbushi Performance

Traditional Japanese Dance


Amateur Performance

Saxophone by Mariko Hamada


Taiseiyo Taiko Drums Performance


Amateur Performance

Traditional Irish Music with Kevin and Darragh McCarthy


J-Pop Dance Performance


Special Japanese Guest Performer

Traditional Tsugaru Shamisen by Hibiki Sawada


Fusion of Japanese and Irish Music

Philip Horan and Junshi Murakami with Rie Maruyama


Japanese Shinobue & Shamisen performance



Amateur Performance

Volunteer group from the Japanese School of Ireland


Zi-Pang:  Special Taiko & Shinobue Performance

with Hiro Hayashida (Taiko Master), Luke Takahashi & Miyu Kobayashi


Amateur Performance

Japanese Dance by Odorikko Club


Traditional Sake Barrel-Opening Ceremony and Guest Speeches

Opened with Soranbushi Performance: a Traditional Japanese Dance


Celebration of Irish and Japanese Culture

Guest musicians Zi-Pang, Hibiki Sawada & Robbie Walsh with Experience Japan Taiko Team


J-Pop Dance Performance


Irish Bodhrán Music

Robbie Walsh and James Mahon


Grand Finale

Zi-Pang with Experience Japan Taiko Team

Travelling to the Festival
Dublin Bus will provide a return shuttle bus service from 11:00 - 17:30 to the festival, with buses running between Parkgate St. and the Chesterfield roundabout just outside Farmleigh.


For further information please contact OPW Client Services and Communications at opwcsc@opw.ie or visit www.facebook.com/ExperienceJapanIE or www.experiencejapan.ie

Notes to Editors

Experience Japan is a volunteer community organisation (part funded by Dublin City Council Office for Integration) that has held a community & cultural festival in Farmleigh House and Estate each year since 2010. This Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Celebration promotes cultural diversity and understanding that has about 20,000 visitors attending each year for this main Festival Day.

The group that comes together for the Festival is a not-for-profit volunteer run orgnaisation (www.experiencejapan.ie). The festival has the support of DCC, the OPW in Farmleigh, the Embassy of Japan in Ireland and the Japanese Business Association. It is designed to promote the deeper understanding of Japanese Culture and provide a platform for young Irish-Japanese children and their friends across all communities to learn more about this culture. A very

successful part of the festival is the contribution of university student volunteers and the Irish JET Alumni Association – young Irish graduates who receive Japanese government support to spend a year working in Japan – all these groups come with huge enthusiasm and have contributed significantly to the Festival's engagement with Irish teenagers and young adults.

This event is supported by the Office of Public Works, Mitsubishi Electric, the Embassy of Japan in Ireland and Dublin City Council.