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Tuesday, 10th March 2009
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Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Tokyo

March 15th will see St Patrick's Day celebrations taking place throughout the world and Tokyo will be no exception.

The traditional St Patrick's Day parade will wind its way though the streets of Tokyo, with more than 2,000 participants and around 30,000 spectators expected.

It is also believed that dignitaries from Tokyo's diplomatic community will take part in the celebrations, reports Japan Today.

Organised by the Irish Network Japan (INJ), the Tokyo parade was first held in 1992 and has grown in size each year since.

In 2001, Irish deputy prime minister Mary Hearney travelled to Japan to represent Ireland at the event.

Parades will also take place in Nagoya, Yokohama, Ise, Kyoto, Matsue, Kumamoto, Sendai, Okinawa and Tsukuba.

The INJ is a non-profit organisation consisting of Irish and Japanese volunteers.

Chairman Derek Fitzgerald commented: "For the Irish in Japan, the INJ is a great way to meet more people from home and have a great time socialising with those Japanese who have a special interest in Ireland."

Written by Mike Cotgreave