アン・バリントン駐日アイルランド大使による学長表敬Irish Ambassador Anne Barrington paid courtesy visit to President Kazuki Sawa

May 19, 2016








On May 11, 2016, President Sawa received a courtesy call by the Ambassador of Ireland, Ms. Anne Barrington, accompanied by the embassy’s Press and Cultural Attaché, Ms. Aisling Braiden.

On arriving, Ambassador Barrington offered her congratulations to President Sawa on his taking office and then briefly explained how the Embassy of Ireland in Japan had established relationships with Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA). Subsequently, Ms. Barrington described that her embassy had been paving ways to establishing further collaborative relationships with Japan for 2017, the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Ireland and Japan, and asked TUA for collaboration in an exhibition of the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats currently being planning in Japan.

The exhibition featuring the works of 25 artists from all over the world who were inspired by the great Irish poet was first displayed in Dublin, Ireland in 2015, and is now on a world tour. TUA was asked to provide a venue and a display of works by students created after Yeats’ poems for the exhibition to be organized in Japan in 2017.

President Sawa replied that TUA could possibly provide support not only by artwork also through collaborative music programs. He showed expectations that cultural exchanges between the two countries would be further promoted through the proposed exhibition of W.B. Yeats, who was said to be influenced by Japanese Noh performance.

Lastly, Associate Professors Michael Schneider and Seiichiro Miida of the printing department joined the meeting. They reported to the president that their department had been approached by the Irish Embassy and started to take steps for helping the exhibition to be realized at TUA.