Japanese Princess honours the legacy of Lafcadio Hearn through her visit to the Tramore Gardens
On July 10th, Tramore was en fete to welcome her Imperial Highness, the Princess Takamado, representative of the Japanese Imperial Family, on the only stop of her official Irish visit outside Dublin. The Princess was welcomed to the Lafcadio Hearn Gardens by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr Pat Nugent, Oireachtas members, Garden Management, staff and volunteers, members of Tramore Development Trust and local children who performed for her. The Princess was accompanied by the Irish ambassador to Japan, HE Anne Barrington, and the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, HE Mari Miyoshi, and was given a guided tour by garden director, Agnes Aylward. Her Imperial Highness planted a Japanese Cherry Tree (Prunus Oku Miyak) to commemorate her visit. She expressed great pleasure that the gardens were a community enterprise that would be there for future generations to enjoy.
Special surprises were arranged to commemorate the visit:
- Children from the Vickie Graham Stage School reenacted scenes from Katie and the Dream Eater – a children’s story written by Princess Takamado.
- As the visit coincided with the 64th birthday of the Princess, a birthday cake provided by one of the garden volunteers, Afra Cronin, was cut to the singing of Happy Birthday by the Ladies Choir.