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Ireland’s links with Japan celebrated in Dublin

Members of Ireland’s Japanese community were among those celebrating.

A member of the Odorikko dance group records a performance at the Japanese Hanami festival in the grounds of Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park (Brian Lawless/PA)
A member of the Odorikko dance group records a performance at the Japanese Hanami festival in the grounds of Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park (Brian Lawless/PA)

Hundreds of people have gathered in Dublin to celebrate Ireland’s links with Japan.

The traditional Japanese Cherry Blossom festival, called Hanami, was held in the grounds of Farmleigh House in the city’s Phoenix Park.

The colourful event saw performances of Taiko drums and Soranbushi dance.

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Performers at the festival (Brian Lawless/PA)

Haiku poems were also read beneath Cherry trees in the walled gardens.

Members of Ireland’s Japanese community were among those enjoying the day-long cultural spectacle as Farmleigh was bathed in spring sunshine.

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People take their seats for poetry reading (Brian Lawless/PA)

Now in its 10th year, the festival was hosted by the Office of Public Works at Farmleigh. Dublin City Council and the Embassy of Japan also supported the event.

Minister of State Kevin “Boxer” Moran tried his hand at some martial arts as he attended the festival.

He said Hanami was going from “strength to strength” in Dublin.

“It’s a great day out for families and is complimented by its setting in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh House and Estate,” said Mr Moran.

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