There are a number of formal and informal organisations in Ireland which are either involved with Japanese culture, or with establishing links between the two countries. Details of some associations are given below. Also remember that the Embassy of Japan has a mailing list for those interested in Japanese cultural or social events. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on their database.
IJA ( Ireland Japan Association)
The IJA aims to enhance and develop relations between Ireland and Japan through business, cultural and social spheres. They organise various workshops and social events throughout the year. There is a reduced membership rate available for ex-JETs.
IJA, c/o Irish Exporters Association, 28 Merrion Square , Dublin 2
National Rep: Mr. Damien Clarke
Tel: (01) 661 2182 / Fax: (01) 661 2315 / email@example.com
Japan Ireland Social Group
The Japan Ireland Social Group meet up for a few drinks and a chat every Wednesday from 7 on the top floor in Messrs. It’s great fun and excellent opportunity to meet some Japanese people in Dublin!
Trinity Japan Society
This society was established in 2005 by Japanese students studying in Trinity College . It organises various social events (film screenings, karaoke nights etc) for members, and offers Japanese language classes for beginners. Membership costs ?2 and is open to all, though language classes are limited to Trinity students.
Japanese Cultural Meeting in Letterkenny
Location: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (Behind An Grianan Theatre)
Time: Monday, 7pm
Admission is free
Anyone who is interested in Japanese culture/language is all welcome (It is not necessary to speak Japanese language).
Contact former JET participant, Mairead Bushe for more details firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Kendo Kobukai
Kendo is one of the more popular martial arts in Ireland , and several clubs exist. For information about membership and practice times for this club, see www.dublinkendo.com .
For a comprehensive list of Aikido Clubs in Ireland please consult www.aikidoinireland.org
The Irish Go Association organises practice sessions and tournaments, and takes part in international championships. See their website at www.irish-go.org for details.
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The Open Learning Centre (located in the Central Library, ILAC Centre, Dublin 1) operates an informal Japanese/English conversation exchange programme on Saturdays. Native speakers and learners practice their language skills and learn about each other’s countries and cultures.
Japanese/English Conversation Exchange: Saturdays, 12.30 – 2.00 p.m.
Contact: Open Learning Centre Tel: (01) 873 4333