The organisers of the Experience Japan festival were blessed with the weather last Sunday! It wasn't very warm, but it stayed dry and the sun even came out.
A very well organised event, with music, dancing, children singing, martial arts, origami, kimonos, bonsai trees, haiku readings, and of course plenty of Japanese food.
It was the latter that persuaded BB to accompany me to this event - and his good heart, as I needed a driver! Talking about driving, my only negative comment was the crazy traffic through the Phoenix Park and towards Farmleigh House - How can we have a national Zoo with no car park, and a major site for public events with only a single lane to get in AND out. Yes, you read correctly: there is a choke point at the entrance to the grounds of Farmleigh House, at the main gate, where you cannot have cars going in and out at the same time, so a full-time garda is on duty to manage the traffic. And of course, their car park is too small too - it would have needed to be double the current size to accommodate the numbers that turned up for last Sundays' event.
Now, back to the food - all the usual suspects on the Dublin Asian food scene, I guess. There were major queues for the noodles. Not too many for the ramen, but we decided that eating and drinking ramen while standing in a field would not be easy, so we went for sushi instead, from Yamamori, who have been in this business for years. It wasn't cheap, but the little bento we got was very tasty, with the usual suspects in Ireland: tuna and salmon - the prize goes to the two big tuna sashimi pieces. おいしい!
All photos below courtesy of BB!