Irish Festival in Matsue 2020 has been cancelled due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 across Japan
Regarding the event “Irish Festival in Matsue 2020” which was scheduled to take place on the coming 7th and 8th of March, the event has been cancelled due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 across Japan.
Our sincere apologies go out to those who were looking forward to participating in this year’s festival however, public safety must come first.
We hope that the COVID-19 outbreak ends as quickly as possible. And we hope next year’s Irish Festival can be held as usual and that we can enjoy it with you.
- St Patrick’s Day Parade (8 Mar)
- PR Parade (8 Mar)
- Irish Music Garden (8 Mar)
- Karakoro Coccolo Sunday (8 Mar)
- The Shamrock Irish Pub and Food Stand Market (7 Mar)
- Herun-san’s (Lafcadio Hearn’s) hometown, Ireland, children’s exhibition (1-17 Mar)
Held as scheduled
- Ireland Shop (1-17 Mar)
- Karakoro Art Studio’s Green Light Up (14 Feb-17 Mar)
→Poster PDF file（1.8MB）
St Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday 8 March, 11:30-12:30 (registration 10:30)
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 Plaza (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 9:50 and 10:40 departing from and arriving at the Otemae carpark pier.
Irish Music Garden: Irish Events
Café & bar, music, dancing, pop-up shops, there’s a lot of Ireland to enjoy at this space!
Green Marché and Matsue Specialty Market
Live Satge and Dance
Sunday 8 March, 10:30-16:00
Karakoro Art Studio (Garden Terrace), Ousuido carpark and Kyomise Karakoro Plaza
The Shamrock Irish Pub and Food Stand Market
Saturday 7 March, 15:35-22:00
Karakoro Art Studio (Underground Vault and Garden Terrace)
Sponsor: Matsue Junior Chamber of Commerce
Selling many exclusive products!
Sunday 1 to Tuesday 17 March, 10:00-17:30 (closed Thursdays)
Karakoro Art Studio (1st Floor Handmade goods)
Herun-san’s (Lafcadio Hearn’s) hometown, Ireland, children’s exhibition
Displaying the results of research on Ireland by Uchinakabara elementary school students
Sunday 1 to Tuesday 17 March, 9:30-18:30
Karakoro Art Studio (Underground side-vault)
Karakoro Art Studio’s Green Light Up
Friday 14 February to Tuesday 17 March, 18:00-24:00
Karakoro Art Studio
St Patrick’s Parade participants
application deadline: Thu 27 Feb
application deadline: Fri 21 Feb
- 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” Executive Committee (operating at the Matsue International Community Center)