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Upcoming Friends' Events

In 2017 Ireland and Japan are celebrating 60 years since the establishment of formal Diplomatic relations. A number of events will take place during the year to celebrate this occasion.
Our autumn calendar of events will be available in August 2017.
Please note that events can only be booked online below or over the phone with the Friends Membership Office: (01) 4070759
Tuesday 4 July at 2:30pm
Sake is a delicious rice wine of Japan. It comes in several different varieties and plays an important role in Japanese culture and history. From its origins over 2,000 years ago, to its current status as one of the most popular drinks in the country, the history of sake is steeped in tradition, innovation, and custom. During the Heian period (794-1185) sake was made in temples and shrines, and it is still used in the Shinto religion. In the Muromachi period (1338-1573) sake breweries were set up, and the sake manufacturing industry thrived during the Edo period (1603-1868). 
From its earliest beginnings sake has been a drink of reverence and friendship, consumed to mark important occasions. We look forward to welcoming you to our special event which will feature a short film screening (in Japanese with English subtitles), a sake tasting with Japanese snacks, and a talk by award winning cook and author Fiona Uyema. During her three years living in rural Japan Fiona was completely immersed into the Japanese diet and way of cooking. Since returning to Ireland Fiona’s recipes are regularly featured in newspapers and magazines, and her food story has been broadcast on TV screens in Ireland and across the world.  
 Saturday 29 July at 2:30pm 
This is the final film by the great Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu. Perhaps the most personal of Ozu’s treatments of a theme evidently close to his heart, it finds both elderly widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozu regular Chishū Ryū) and his daughter Michiko entertaining decidedly mixed emotions about the prospect of her getting married and leaving her father to fend for himself. Deploying deliciously sly comedy, and a simultaneously playful and poignant tone, Ozu shows himself to be a man with a profound understanding of human nature. He himself never married, living for 60 years with his mother, and when she died he was dead a few months later. Over and over again, in almost all of his films, he turned to the same central themes of loneliness, of family, of dependence, of marriage, of parents and children.   
Running time – 112 minutes
Language – Japanese with English subtitles, Cert – U 
 Friday 11 August at 2:30pm 
Julia Poirier joined the Chester Beatty Conservation team for a one-year Heritage Council Internship in 2012, and since then she has been a contract book and paper conservator at the Library. Julia trained as a bookbinder in France before obtaining an MA in conservation of fine art, with a specialty on works of art on paper, from Northumbria University in Newcastle. After graduating, Julia worked as a paper conservator in private practices in Edinburgh as well as the special collection division of the University of Edinburgh, before joining the Derry and Raphoe Project conservation team in 2011. 
 Friday 18 August at 2:30pm
An Artist of the Floating World is a sensitive examination of the turmoil in post-World War II Japan, a time when certainties were overturned, gender politics shifted and the hierarchy of the generations seemed to topple. In the build up to the war Masuji Ono, a promising and devoted artist, had broken away from the teaching of his master to get involved in far-right politics. Now an ageing father, grandfather and widower, Ono notices how his once great reputation has faltered, and how attitudes towards him and his paintings have changed. This is a poignant story of a man who lived through the extravagance of the “pleasure era” and who must now choose to reject his past.The novel was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award the same year.
We will enjoy tea & coffee during the meeting and the book is for sale in the Chester Beatty Library gift shop. Members will receive a 10% discount.
Friends Holiday – Armenia 
 Over the past few years our Friends have enjoyed overseas trips to Milan, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, London and Paris, and also exciting visits to St Petersburg, Japan and India. Each tailor-made trip features guided visits to local sites of historic and cultural interest, and meals at popular restaurants to experience the local cuisine. 
In October 2017 our Friends will make a special journey to Armenia to learn about the country's rich culture and history, to visit monasteries, museums and libraries, and to enjoy the local cuisine. The Armenian Collection of the Chester Beatty Library consists of manuscripts, painted miniatures and detached metal covers, acquired by Chester Beatty over a thirty-year period.
This trip is currently fully booked. To join the waiting list please contact Mary: mdowling@cbl.ie

Refund Policy- Friends Events  
The Chester Beatty Library reserves the right to cancel any event which is under-subscribed or rendered impossible due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case ticket holders will receive a full refund. 
We regret that refunds cannot be issued for events where the ticket price is €15 or less. For events where the ticket price is over €15, refunds will be given less an administrative fee of 20% when the place is cancelled seven days before the event.