Last Saturday afternoon saw the great and good of Galway’s academic, cultural and business scene gather at the Wa Cafe to celebrate ‘en-musubi’ at the popular Japanese restaurant on New Dock Street.
At the ceremony, Deputy Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Donal Lyons and the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Mari Miyoshi tied a ribbon in the colours of both Ireland and Japan to mark the occasion.
‘En‘ means ‘connection‘ and ‘Musubi‘ is ‘tying‘ in Japanese. The aim of the gathering was to strengthen the cultural, academic and business ties between Ireland and Japan and to increase – even more – the warm relations between the two countries, before welcoming the exciting years ahead which include Rugby World Cup 2019, Galway 2020, the EU-Japan Fest and Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
Guests were treated to platters of delicious Japanese food traditionally served at New Year.
In her address to those present, Ms. Miyoshi said she had also attended Akumakon in NUI Galway earlier in the day. Akumakon is an Anime & Japanese cultural event which has taken place in the university for a number of years now. The Ambassador said she was both delighted and privileged to see the strong connections between Galway and its Japanese community. Akumakon’s Co-Director, Sarah Brady, was also in attendance at the ceremony.