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Saint Patrick’s Day Party 2014 Announcement
Date: Friday, March 14th
Tokyo hosts the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Asia, usually on the Sunday closest to March 17th. This year’s Tokyo parade is on Sunday the 16th, and as usual, there will be thousands of participants. Most are Japanese, some are Irish, some have 4 legs (the Irish setters), and there is always a fair sprinkling of the international community participating as well.
A pretty big eventt. It is the only day of the year that Omotesando, the main avenue leading to the Meiji Shrine, is closed to traffic. The President of Ireland has attended in the recent past, and cabinet ministers participate each year with the Ambassador.
In Aichi, the main parade is in Nagoya in the Osu Kannon area. It is usually held on the Saturday, so that Ireland’s diplomatic representatives can shuttle from parade to parade on the shinkansen. This year you have the choice of participating in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade on the 15th in Nagoya, or the Hounen Matsuri at Tagata Jinja. The penis festival as it is known to the uncouth.
The smallest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Japan, and probably the smallest in Asia as well, is ours. Held in Okazaki, this year it will be on Friday the 14th.
It consists of a long march from your classroom to the bar (which can sometimes take up to 30 thirsty seconds).
There will be a full Irish breakfast (don’t tell your doctor) available for 1500 yen (which includes a pint of Guinness), and there will be perfectly poured pints of Vitamin G available from 7:00am until 9:45am. The Guinness and Irish whiskey available for 700 yen for anyone wearing some green, 750 yen if you aren’t.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!
There will also be a gathering in the evening, but we don’t know where as yet.