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Ambassador of Ireland announces 2023 programme for St. Patrick’s Day in Japan



On 10 February, Ireland’s Ambassador to Japan, Damien Cole, launched the official programme of events for St. Patrick’s Day in Japan 2023 at the Embassy of Ireland Residence.  

At a kick-off reception for media and friends of Ireland in Japan, he welcomed back a number of major events, including the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Omotesando.


“Along with another popular Irish Holiday, Halloween, the celebration of Ireland’s national day has captured the hearts of Japan’s fun-loving people”.

“We are delighted to welcome back the Tokyo Parade on Sunday 12 March and the I Love Ireland Festival, after a three-year hiatus. The I Love Ireland Festival in Yoyogi Park will be back with a bang over two days on 11 & 12 March. Both events will bring a wide offering of Irish culture, sports and traditional Irish food & drink, to visitors of all ages”.

“The parade on Omotesando is the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Asia. Prior to COVID, the Tokyo parade and the I Love Ireland Festival together attracted over 180k people making it the largest Irish event in Asia, and Japan one of the best places in the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!”

“Many lively community groups from Sapporo to Kumamoto will join forces around Japan to take part in the global ‘Festival of Green’, marking Ireland’s National Day, St. Patrick’s Day”.

“The richness and diversity of events is a testament of the strength and resilience of our relationships in Japan”.

“The marching bands and parades and green illumination of several popular landmarks, show the dedication, agility and hard work of our Japanese friends and the dynamic partnership that exists with the Irish community in this country”.

“I invite everyone to take part, bring their families and friends, and celebrate this year’s highly anticipated and exciting St. Patrick’s Day with us here in Japan”



NOTE for Editors

■St. Patrick’s Day 17 March

Ireland’s national day, St. Patrick’s Day, takes place on 17 March, and is named after the fifth-century saint who introduced Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Ireland for nearly 1,200 years, and in the United States for more than 250 years. Japan’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Tokyo in 1992.


■Events in Japan

Tokyo with its 30-year history, Asia’s oldest and biggest St. Patricks Day Parade, the Irish Network Japan (INJ) Tokyo Parade, will take place on nearby Omotesando Avenue, on Sunday 12 March kicking off at 1pm. Visitors will find marching bands, musicians and dancers, led by the Parade Grand Marshal and invited Irish and Japanese VIP guests, including of course, St. Patrick himself!

Yokohama’s famous shopping street, Motomachi, will be a sea of green and people of all ages will be welcomed to see marching bands , Irish musicians and dancers and many other Irish-themed groups along the avenue from 13.30 pm on Saturday 11 March.


■Schedule of Light-up events in Japan 2023

Every year, millions of people around the world join the parades and parties and wear green to celebrate this special day. In addition, iconic landmarks and buildings ‘go green’ for St. Patrick’s Day worldwide. In Japan, light-up events in March include the following sites.


1-17, 18:00-21:00: Ise Ohtorii (Ise City, Mie)

1-31: Karakoro Kobo (Matsue City, Shimane)

10-12: Matsue Castle, TSK San-in Chuo Television (Matsue City, Shimane)


 17:00-23:00: Jobankyodokaryoku Nakoso Power Station "Nakoso Yume Light" (Iwaki City, Fukushima), Maruto Headquarter (Iwaki City, Fukushima), Maruto SC Joto (Iwaki City, Fukushima)

 Sunset-20:00 (weekday), Sunset-21:30 (weekend): Nagoya Port Sea Train Land Ferris Wheel (Nagoya City, Aichi)

 Sunset-21:00: Fuji Sky View Ferris Wheel (Fuji City, Shizuoka), Kisarapia Ferris Wheel (Kisarazu City, Chiba), Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway, Awaji Service Area Ferris Wheel (Awaji City, Hyogo), Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Ferris Wheel "Rinku no Hoshi" (Izumisano City, Osaka)

 Sunset-21:00 (weekday), Sunset-22:00 (weekend): Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel (Osaka City, Osaka)

 Sunset-22:00: Shimonoseki Amusement Park Haikara't Yokocho Ferris Wheel (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi)

 Sunset-24:00: Cosmo Clock 21 (Yokohama City, Kanagawa)

11-17: Japanese Nursing Association (Shibuya City, Tokyo)

16-18: Tohoku Electric Power Network Co., Inc. Iwate branch, Power Pylon (Morioka City, Iwate)

17, 18:00-21:00: Fukuroi City Hall (Fukuroi City, Shizuoka)

17, Sunset-24:00: Okayama Castle (Okayama City, Okayama)

17-19, 18:00-21:00: Metro Plaza (Engaru Town, Monbetsu District, Hokkaido)

17-26, 17:00-20:00: Ishigami Museum of Art (Iwate Town, Iwate)

18, 17:30-18:00 & 19:00-21:00: Sapporo TV Tower (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)


■Schedule of St. Patrick’s Day Events in Japan 2023

15 February - 31 March: St. Patrick's Day in Fukuroi (Fukuroi City, Shizuoka)

 Website: https://www.city.fukuroi.shizuoka.jp/kokusaika/HelloFriend/10569.html

20 February - End of March: Books on Ireland Fair (Books Kinokuniya Tokyo, Tokyo)

 Website: https://store.kinokuniya.co.jp/store/books-kinokuniya-tokyo/ | Twitter: @Kino_BKT

4 March, 14:00-15:00: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Kyoto (Teramachi Kyogoku Shotengai, Kyoto)

5 March: St. Patrick’s Day in HIROSHIMA 2023 (Hiroshima City, Hiroshima)

 Parade (11:00-) Hiroshima Hondori Shopping Street

 Concert (13:00-) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Concert (17:00-) Molly Malone’s

 Twitter: @Realta_Nua_H | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064168116430

5 March, 14:00-15:00: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Nagoya (Osu Shopping Street, Nagoya City, Aichi)

7-10 March: Intercollegiate Celtic Festival Osaka 2023 (Koko Plaza, Osaka City, Osaka)

 Website: https://icf-shamrock.com/ | Twitter: @icf_shamrock | Facebook: @icfirish

11, 12:30-15:20: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Yokohama Motomachi (Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street, Yokohama City, Kanagawa)

 Twitter: @stpd_yokohama  | Facebook: @StPatricksDayParadeYokohama

11 March, 14:30-: 17th St Patrick's Day Parade Kumamoto (Kumamoto City / Kumamoto City Kamitori - Shimotori - Sunroad Shinshigai)

 Website: https://www.kumamoto-ireland.org/ | https://parade.kumamoto-ireland.org/

11 March, The 27th Emerald Ball (Hotel Gajoen, Meguro City, Tokyo)

 Twitter: @EmeraldBallJp | Facebook: @TheEmeraldBallTokyo

11-12 March, 10:00-18:00: I Love Ireland Festival 2023 (Yoyogi Park, Tokyo)

 Facebook: @iloveireland.japan

12 March, 13:00-: The 28th St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tokyo (Omotesando Street, Tokyo)

 Website: https://inj.or.jp/ | Twitter: @injwebsite | Instagram: @injtokyo

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/inj.nihongo | https://www.facebook.com/groups/irishnetworkjapan

12 March, 10:00-16:00: Irish Festival in Matsue 2023 (Karakoro Area, Matsue City, Shimane)

 Website: https://sanin-japan-ireland.org/ | Facebook: @irishfesmatsue | Instagram: @irishfesmatsue

12 March: Sound of Irish harp ~With Irish culture and history~ (Uchisaiwai Hall, Chiyoda City, Tokyo)

 Website: https://www.uchisaiwai-hall.jp

12 March: Ireland Festival St. Patrick's Day Parade in Fukuoka (Shintencho Shopping Street, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka)

 Website: https://www.celtic.or.jp | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/146082292679566

17 March: ENIRISH DAY 2023 (Engaru Town, Monbetsu District, Hokkaido)

   Website: https://www.engaru-kankou.jp/news/detail.html?news=66

18 March: St. Patrick's Day in Sapporo 2023 (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

 Twitter: @sapporo_patrick | Instagram: @sapporo_patrick

18 March: Osaka St. Patrick's Day Parade and after event (Tonbori River Walk, Osaka City, Osaka)

   Facebook: https://fb.me/e/AHQyRPtO

19 March: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Matsumoto 2023 (Nawate Street, Matsumoto City, Nagano)

 Twitter: @stpd_matsumoto | Facebook: @spdp.matsumoto

19 March: St. Patrick's Day Parade (Nishigawa Ryokudo Park, Okayama City, Okayama)

 Website: https://event-home.com/nishigawa/

19 March - August: Toshikazu Muramatsu Ireland Photo Exhibition (Gallery Woodcock, Okazaki City, Aichi)

21 March: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chiba Kaihin Makuhari 2023 (Makuhari Kaihin Park, Chiba City, Chiba)

 Website: https://sites.google.com/site/injchiba/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chibaINJ

25 March, 13:30-16:00: Ireland Festival 2023 in Iwatemachi (Plaza Ai, Iwate Town, Iwate)

 Website: https://town.iwate.iwate.jp

25-26 March: Suzuyo St. Patrick Green Days (Ecopa Stadium, Fukuroi City, Shizuoka)

   Website: https://www.rugby-shizuoka.jp/event/suzuyo_stpatrickgreendays

   Twitter: @RFU_Shizuoka | Facebook: @RFU.SHIZUOKA

26 March, 13:00-16:00: Fukui Patrick's Day (Shin Sakae Terrace, Fukui City, Fukui)

 Parade: 14:30-

 Website: https://site-1216490-6793-6880.mystrikingly.com/

 Facebook: @fukuipatricksday | Instagram: @fukuipatricksday | YouTube: @user-ex2jz2tr2r

26 March: St. Patrick’s Day Gathering (Seijo University, Building 9, Global Lounge, Tokyo)

 Facebook: @Japan.Ireland.Society | note: https://note.com/ebiyam/n/n3826c3b55600

29-30 April: Ireland Green Fest. Meijo-Koen tonarino 2023 (tonarino Meijo-Koen, Nagoya City, Aichi)

 Website: https://www.youjoe.com/04290430tonarino/


【Related Websites】

・Embassy of Ireland, Japan

 Website: www.dfa.ie/japan 

 Social Media: Twitter @IrishEmbJapan, @IEAmbJapan | Facebook @irelandinjapan | Instagram @irelandinjapan


・Irish Network Japan (INJ)

INJ is a Japanese- Irish volunteer group promoting Irish culture in Japan, among their flagship event is the Tokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the oldest and largest parade in Asia.

 Website: www.inj.or.jp | Twitter: @injwebsite | YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/IrishNetworkJapan

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/inj.nihongo | https://www.facebook.com/groups/irishnetworkjapan


・St. Patrick’s Festival

Ireland’s major, annual St. Patrick’s Festival will take place in Dublin on 16 - 19 March and the National St Patrick's Day Parade returns to Dublin on 17 March. Embracing that unifying and inspirational theme of ONE, the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2023 will shine a light on all the goodness that surrounds us.

 Website: https://stpatricksfestival.ie/

 Twitter: @stpatricksfest | Facebook: @StPatricksFestivalIreland | Instagram: @stpatricksfestival




2月10日(金)アイルランド大使公邸にて開催された「セント・パトリックス・デー イベント ローンチレセプション」にて、デミアン・コール駐日アイルランド大使が2023年のセント・パトリックス・デー関連イベントを発表しました。本レセプションは、メディア関係者・アイルランドの友人の方々を対象としたもので、コール大使は「セントパトリックスデーパレード東京」をはじめとする主要イベントの再開を歓迎しました。 







■セント・パトリックス・デー(3 17 日)

アイルランドのナショナルデーで、5 世紀にアイルランドへキリスト教を伝えた聖パトリックにちなんだ祝祭。アイルランドでは1200年以上にわたって祝われており、アメリカでも250年以上の歴史があります。日本では1992年に初めて「セントパトリックスデーパレード東京」が行われました。












3月10日(金)~12日(日):松江城天守閣TSKさんいん中央テレビ (島根県松江市)




 日没~21時:東名高速道路富士川サービスエリア大観覧車「フジスカイビュー」(静岡県富士市)、木更津かんらんしゃパークキサラピア大観覧車(千葉県木更津市)、 神戸淡路鳴門自動車道淡路サービスエリア大観覧車(兵庫県淡路市)、りんくうプレジャータウンSEACLE大観覧車「りんくうの星」(大阪府泉佐野市)





3月16日(木)~18日(土):東北電力ネットワーク株式会社 岩手支社 マイクロ波無線鉄塔(岩手県盛岡市)


3月17日(金)日没~24時: 岡山城天守閣(岡山県岡山市)






2月15日(水)~3月31日(金):セント・パトリックス・デー in ふくろい(静岡県袋井市)

 ウェブサイト: https://www.city.fukuroi.shizuoka.jp/kokusaika/HelloFriend/10569.html

2月20日(月)~3月末:アイルランドフェア(Books Kinokuniya Tokyo)

 ウェブサイト: https://store.kinokuniya.co.jp/store/books-kinokuniya-tokyo/ | Twitter: @Kino_BKT


3月5日(日):セントパトリックスデイ・イン・広島 2023(広島市内)



 Twitter: @Realta_Nua_H | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064168116430

3月5日(日)14時~15時:セントパトリックデーパレード名古屋(大須商店街 大須観音付近)

3月7日(火)~10日(金):Intercollegiate Celtic Festival Osaka 2023(大阪市立青少年センター)

 ウェブサイト: https://icf-shamrock.com/ | Twitter: @icf_shamrock | Facebook: @icfirish


 Twitter: @stpd_yokohama | Facebook: @StPatricksDayParadeYokohama


 ウェブサイト: https://www.kumamoto-ireland.org/ | https://parade.kumamoto-ireland.org/


 Twitter: @EmeraldBallJp | Facebook: @TheEmeraldBallTokyo

3月11日(土)・12日(日)10時~18時:アイラブアイルランド・フェスティバル 2023(代々木公園)

 Facebook: @iloveireland.japan

3月12日(日)13時~:第28回 セントパトリックスデーパレード東京(表参道)

 ウェブサイト: https://inj.or.jp/ | Twitter: @injwebsite| Instagram: @injtokyo

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/inj.nihongo | https://www.facebook.com/groups/irishnetworkjapan

3月12日(日)10時~16時:アイリッシュ・フェスティバルin Matsue 2023(島根県松江市、カラコロエリア)

 ウェブサイト: https://sanin-japan-ireland.org/ | Facebook: @irishfesmatsue | Instagram: @irishfesmatsue


 ウェブサイト: https://www.uchisaiwai-hall.jp

3月12日(日)13時~15時:アイルランドフェスティバル セント・パトリックス・デーパレード in 福岡(新天町商店街)

 ウェブサイト: https://www.celtic.or.jp | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/146082292679566

3月17日(金):ENIRISH DAY(エンアイリッシュデー)2023(北海道紋別郡遠軽町)



 Twitter: @sapporo_patrick | Instagram: @sapporo_patrick


 Facebook: https://fb.me/e/AHQyRPtO


 Twitter: @stpd_matsumoto | Facebook: @spdp.matsumoto

3月19日(日):春を待ちわびるアイルランドの祝日 セント・パトリックスデー・パレード(「花・緑ハーモニーフェスタ in 西川」の一環として開催、岡山県岡山市・西川緑道公園)


3月19日(日)~8月:村松俊一 アイルランド懐古展II(愛知県岡崎市・ギャラリーWoodcock)

3月21日(火・祝):セントパトリックスディ パレード 千葉 海浜幕張 2023(幕張海浜公園 Bブロック にぎわいの広場)

 Website: https://sites.google.com/site/injchiba/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chibaINJ

3月25日(土)13時30分~16時:アイルランドフェスティバル 2023 in いわてまち(岩手広域交流センター「プラザあい」)

 ウェブサイト: https://town.iwate.iwate.jp


   ウェブサイト: https://www.rugby-shizuoka.jp/event/suzuyo_stpatrickgreendays

   Twitter: @RFU_Shizuoka | Facebook: @RFU.SHIZUOKA



 ウェブサイト: https://site-1216490-6793-6880.mystrikingly.com/

 Facebook: @fukuipatricksday | Instagram: @fukuipatricksday | YouTube: @user-ex2jz2tr2r

3月26日(日)14時~17時:St. Patrick's Dayの集い2023(成城大学9号館グローバルラウンジ)

 Facebook: @Japan.Ireland.Society | note: https://note.com/ebiyam/n/n3826c3b55600

4月29日(土)・30日(日):アイルランドグリーンフェスin 名城公園tonarino 2023(名城公園 tonarino)

 ウェブサイト: https://www.youjoe.com/04290430tonarino/




  ウェブサイト: https://www.dfa.ie/japan/

  Twitter: @IrishEmbJapan, @IEAmbJapan | Facebook: @irelandinjapan | Instagram: @irelandinjapan




 ウェブサイト: https://www.inj.or.jp/ | Twitter: @injwebsite | YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/IrishNetworkJapan

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/inj.nihongo | https://www.facebook.com/groups/irishnetworkjapan | Instagram: @injtokyo




 ウェブサイト: https://stpatricksfestival.ie/

 Twitter: @stpatricksfest | Facebook: @StPatricksFestivalIreland | Instagram: @stpatricksfestival