Japanese Ambassador celebrates ‘en-musubi’ at Wa Cafe in Galway

Mary Grealish (King’s Head), Ms. Mari Miyoshi (Japanese Ambassador to Ireland), Yoshimi Hayakawa (Proprietor Wa Cafe), Paul Grealish (King’s Head) celebrating 'en-musubi last Saturday afternoon. Photo: Mark White MediaMary Grealish (King’s Head), Ms. Mari Miyoshi (Japanese Ambassador to Ireland), Yoshimi Hayakawa (Proprietor Wa Cafe), Paul Grealish (King’s Head) celebrating 'en-musubi last Saturday afternoon. Photo: Mark White Media

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.


Deputy Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Donal Lyons and Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Mari Miyoshi tied the ‘en-musubi’ ribbon with support from the proprietor of Wa Cafe Yoshimi Hayakawa . Photo: Mark White Media

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.

Vinny Browne (Charlie Byrne’s Bookstore) and Eithne Verling, Director of Galway City Museum were in attendance at the ‘en-musubi’ gathering. Photo: Mark White Media

More information about Wa Cafe can be found on their website at http://www.wacafe.net on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wacafe/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/wacafegalway/

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A native of Dublin, Mark has slowly been moving West since 1997. Schooled at Gonzaga College and CBS Dun Laoghaire, he received his undergraduate degree in Software Engineering from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Mark spent a number of years working as a C# Developer in the private sector before deciding to undertake a research masters in Information Technology at NUI Galway in 2010. His work resulted in a new algorithm to reduce energy consumption in virtualised data centres and has since been published. He fills his working days and nights writing software, taking photographs, coaching rugby, kayaking and editing Eye News.