Irish Festival in Matsue 2019


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St Patrick’s Day Parade

10 March, 12:30-13:30 (registration 11:30)
Gathering place: inside the castle grounds from the front entrance (by the Otemae carpark)
Route: Matsue Castle Otemae Entrance Stairs → Shimane Civic Center (Shimane Kenmin Kaikan) → Minami Tonomachi → Kyomise Karakoro Sqaure (closing ceremony)
free to all participants

The dress code is GREEN! Wear the symbol colour of Ireland as much as you can to green-up the parade. You can apply solo or as a group so please get involved! There will be a parade participant-exclusive raffle at the closing ceremony with wonderful prizes to be won!

PR Parade (Horikawa Sightseeing Boats)

On the day of the parade there will be a pre-parade around the castle moat between 11:00 and 11:50 departing from and arriving at the Otemae carpark pier.

Other Irish Events

Irish Music Garden

Café & bar, music, dancing, pop-up shops, there’s a lot of Ireland to enjoy at this space!

10 March, 10:30-17:00
Garden Terrace, Karakoro Art Studio
Main dish: Matsue-style Irish stew
Sponsor: Matsue YEG Irish-Fes Project Team

Green Marché and Matsue Specialty Market

10 March, 10:30-15:00
Garden Terrace, Karakoro Art Studio and Ousuido carpark

Celtic Live “green green green”

10 March, 18:00
Matsue B1 Live & Studio, Teramachi
Tickets: ¥2,800 (¥3,300 door price)
Booking: Ticket Pia (P-code 142-327)
Featuring: Harmonica Creams / Kanshadelic
Contact: Noda

Irish Pub, the Shamrock

The Irish pub is coming back with new Irish scenery!!

9 March, 17:00-22:00
Underground Vault, Karakoro Art Studio
Sponsor: RC Group, Matsue Junior Chamber of Commerce

Ireland Shop

Selling many exclusive products!

15 Feb-17 March, 10:00-17:30 (closed Thursdays)
1st Floor (Handmade goods), Karakoro Art Studio

Herun-san’s (Lafcadio Hearn’s) hometown, Ireland, children’s exhibition

Displaying the results of research on Ireland by Uchinakabara elementary school students

1-17 March, 9:30-18:30
Underground side-vault, Karakoro Art Studio

Karakoro Art Studio’s Green Light Up

15 Feb-17 March, 18:00-24:00
Karakoro Art Studio



St Patrick’s Parade participants

application deadline: Thurs 28 February

Volunteer Staff

application deadline: Fri 22 February

Application form

  • Group Name
  • Leader’s name
  • Leader’s telephone number
  • Leader’s address
  • Please list the name and age (or school year) of all participants in your group (for insurance purposes)


Note: if you take part in the parade, your photo may be taken and used as PR for future events, etc. In addition, in the event of the parade being cancelled due to severe weather, we may need to contact you up to on the day of the parade so please provide a telephone number which can be reached during the day.


Irish Festival in Matsue organising committee,
Matsue International Community Centre
Tel: 0852-31-8345
Fax: 0852-31-0321


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