Taste of Japan in Kildare town

Kildare kids will have the chance to celebrate Japan’s ‘Children’s Day’ over the May Bank Holiday weekend, writes Laura Coates.

Kildare kids will have the chance to celebrate Japan’s ‘Children’s Day’ over the May Bank Holiday weekend, writes Laura Coates.

The famed Japanese Gardens at the Irish National Stud outside Kildare town will play host to a ‘Japanese Experience weekend’ with plenty to do and see for all the family over 5 and 6 May next.

There will be a variety of hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Creative types can get to try Ikebana, which is the exacting art of Japanese flower arranging.

There is also sushi-making and Japanese cookery classes for the adventurous foodies.

The workshops cost E15 per person, but also include full entrance int othe Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Gardens, along with the adjoining Irish National Stud and horse museum.

Free activities for children include calligraphy, face painting and games. Japan celebrates its national ‘Children’s Day’ holiday on Saturday May 5. This is when families celebrate their offspring’s health and honour their mothers.

If you’re peckish during your visit, you can pick up some Takoyaki, which is a popular Japanese dumpling filled with tempura, pickled ginger, green onion and octopus.

For a 10 percent discount voucher to the Irish National Stud visitor attraction, pick up a copy of this week’s Leinster Leader, out Tuesday