Experience Japan will start this year’s Hanami Festival with the European cinema premiere of the documentary films Lives after the Tsunami and Tsuchioto on 29th March in the Lighthouse Cinema.
The films were made in the disaster area by two film director in March 2011. They were shown in the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2011 and were highly commended.
Experience Japan is now an annual community festival with the support ofboth Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works with groups fromUniversity College Dublin and Dublin City University. A variety of eventsare run during first two weeks of April – more details at
Both documentaries will be introduced by Jimmy Murakami.
About the Experience Japan Festival
On Sunday 10th April 2010 and 17th April 2011 over 35,000 people came together in Farmleigh to celebrate a free Hanami Festival through Experience Japan. It was a great success and proved an excellent opportunity for people in Ireland to get a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. Visitors to the festival experience many aspects, including Taiko drum performances, Cosplay fashions framed with traditional Kimono displays, martial arts, traditional Japanese music, origami with story telling, and an opportunity to sample Japanese food.
Experience Japan is now an annual community festival with the support of both Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works (in Farmleigh) with groups from University College Dublin and Dublin City University.
The launch event of this years festival will be the European cinema premiere of the documentary films “Lives after the Tsunami” and “Tsuchioto” on 29th March 2012 in the Lighthouse Cinema followed by a reception. The Special Experience Japanese festival day is at Farmleigh on Sunday 1st April 2012. A variety of other events will also run during first two weeks of April with more details at www.ExperienceJapan.ie