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Embassy of Ireland, Tokyo – Newsletter 2 of 2023

Irish Community Groups across Japan bring St. Patrick’s Day Back with a Bang!


St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events

More than 20 St. Patrick’s Day parades and events took place in-person again around the country as well as another 20 locations lighting up in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We would like thank all of the Irish community groups, volunteers, sponsors, and our Japanese partners for their support in bringing St. Patrick’s Day back in Japan this year after the disruption caused by COVID.

Parades and events took place all across the country. Here, we highlight three of the events which Minister Jack Chambers T.D. participated in, during his visit to Japan in March:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tokyo, 12 March 2023

I Love Ireland Festival, 11-12 March 2023

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Yokohama, 11 March 2023


Buildings across Japan light up in green, joining the worldwide Global Greening Programme

In addition to the parades and events, 24 iconic buildings, landmarks and ferris wheels across Japan lit up in green to mark St. Patrick’s Day, joining thousands of buildings around the world as part of the Global Greening Programme. This represented a 33% increase on 2022 levels, when 18 sites in Japan lit up in green. Special thanks to Senyo Kogyo for their terrific support in increasing the number of greenings this year. Let’s try and increase this again further next year!


Visit by Jack Chambers T.D. Minister of State for Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications
ジャック・チェンバース 交通省 国際・道路交通・物流担当大臣 環境・気候・通信省 郵政政策担当大臣来日

Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Transport and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, Mr Jack Chambers T.D., visited Japan from 9 to 16 March. His visit was part of the annual global outreach by representatives of the Irish Government for Ireland’s national day, St. Patrick’s Day.
3月9日から16日の日程で、ジャック・チェンバース 交通省 国際・道路交通・物流担当大臣 兼 環境・気候・通信省 郵政政策担当大臣が来日しました。これは、セント・パトリックス・デーを記念して毎年この時期にアイルランド政府閣僚が世界各地を訪問する活動の一環です。

During his visit, Minister Chambers met with a range of political and economic contacts, as well as with members of the Irish community and Japanese friends. He had bilateral meetings with Mr. Yoshifumi Tsuge, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, and with Mr. Shoji Nishida, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


National Day Reception

On 10 March, Ambassador Cole hosted a National Day Reception in person, for the first time since 2019. After the speeches by Minister Chambers and Mr. Hiroyuki Hosoda, Speaker of the House of Representatives, fantastic Japanese musicians performed traditional Irish music and dance.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making these special events happen, and to everyone who came out to support Ireland in March! We have already started planning for next year’s events, and we hope you will continue to support us to ensure that next year’s events are bigger than ever! Stay tuned via our social media pages below for further updates during the year.

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