Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mari Miyoshi oversees 13th century archery display at Tramore’s Japanese Gardens


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Her Excellency Ambassador Mari Miyoshi visited the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Tramore, Friday, 23rd June for their second birthday celebration. These gardens first opened to the public at the end of June 2015. 


The ambassador, who was brought on a garden walk about by Agnes Aylward of Tramore Development Trust, expressed her appreciation and delight at the extent of growth and development in the gardens since her visit the previous year.  She said that as she walked around she had had ‘a real feeling of being back in Japan’.


The ambassador was shown plans for the next phase in the garden development, which has just commenced.  This new development is the replication of elements of the gardens at Lafcadio Hearn’s former residence at Matsue, Japan.  Heart described these gardens in his famous 1890 essay entitled “In a Japanese Garden”. The gardens still exist today, as described by Hearn, and they are a focal point of both Japanese and international visitor interest in Matsue.


The ambassador met with Japanese gardener Mr. Kazuki Kusumi  from Kyoto who is presently in Tramore to plan and commence the garden construction. Ambassador Miyoshi commented on the excellent condition of the gardens and the great work being done on a daily basis by the garden staff. She was also delighted to know that so many visitors were now visiting the gardens from all over the world and through the many events being held there were also being introduced to Japanese Culture.


Agnes Aylward commented on the growing visitor numbers and the very high levels of visitor satisfaction.  She praised the work of all the garden team and said it was a matter of great pride to all involved.  The gardens had “a kind of magic’ and this would only grow stronger as the years passed.


The main event of the day was a spectacular display of  Japanese martial arts by Dragon’s Lair Marital Arts, which included Jiu Jitsu (hand to hand fighting and defence) and Ken Jutsu (Art of the Sword – utilizing the katana sword and other blades. The event which was attended by almost 400 people ended with a spectacular display of 13th Century Japanese Archery (Kyu Jutsu).




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