tomoko akoCentre for Asian Studies starts a new cycle of events under the title “Time for Asia”. The first event will take place on the 24th of October, at 11:15, in Daukanto str. 52-322. The first presenter will be Professor from Tokyo University, Dr Tomoko Ako, holding a lecture under the title „Is China on the Cusp of a Middle-Class Revolt?“.

The aim of the lecture is to unveil the peculiarities of middle-class in China, delineating differences between urban and rural dwellers. Click here for the abstract of the lecture. The lecture will be succeeded by the discussion and Q&A session in which we encourage you to participate as well. We are grateful for the partners of the event, Embassy of Japan in Lithuania. (more…)

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This September, a partnership in research was established between the Centre for Asian Studies and the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Lithuania. On the basis of Embassy’s request, the Centre prepared a report about upcoming Lithuanian parliamentary election and how different outcome scenarios could impact Lithuania-China relationship. We hope this marks a beginning of increased cooperation between the Centre and China’s Embassy.

The Centre for Asian Studies is regularly engaged in research activities related to Japan, Korea, China or East Asia region as a whole. This includes research conducted directly for institutions or businesses that seek to create stronger links between Lithuania and East Asia. That includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, and others.

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The Centre for Asian Studies is inviting scholars and the general public to an international academic conference “Travel and Mutual Understanding: East Asia, Europe and Beyond“ that will be held October 20-21 in Kaunas, Lithuania at VMU Small Hall (Daukanto st. 28, 2nd floor).

The conference focuses on travel as an opportunity for inter-cultural learning and both material and immaterial exchanges. The conference papers will review the history of travelers’ contacts, tourism policy, tourist industry and other related topics spanning from early 20th century until today, with most focus given to East Asian countries. (more…)

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eajrs_logo_120This September, 14-17, the 27thEAJRS (European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists) took place in Bucharest University. Vytautas Magnus University was represented there by Arvydas Kumpis, a senior coordinator the Centre for Asian Studies and a librarian at VMU Library. He made a presentation on “Contemporary Japanese studies in Vytautas Magnus University: presentation of collection on Social sciences and Humanities”.
EAJRS conferences are one of most important events for the specialists dealing with Japanese resources – librarians, archivists, researchers, publishers. This year, the participants came from participants from United Kingdom, Russia, the Netherlands, France, Germany, (more…)

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DSC_8918On September 19th, the delegation of Japanese Youth Goodwill Mission in Lithuania met VMU Vice-Rector and discussed the issues on education. Participants were invited to attend presentations about the University and its internationality as well as the history and activity of the Centre for Asian studies. After the official part of the meeting Index delegation was invited to the Asian Books Space (ABS), which is located in VMU Vaclovas Biržiška Library, and to participate in the discussion on the needs and importance of Asian studies in Lithuania with the students of East Asian Cultures and Languages program. (more…)

akeVytautas Magnus University Centre for Asian Studies together with VMU Library kindly invites You to the opening of Asian Books Space (ABS). The ceremony will take part on the 30th of September (Friday), 15:00 in V. Biržiška Reading Room (Donelaičio 52, Kaunas).

Asian Books Space is integral part of VMU Library located in V. Biržiška Reading Room. ABS contains the library funds from the former Ch. Sugihara Reading Room. Presently it consists from more than 4600 books on the topics of Asian countries, that have been collected thanks to the efforts of international foundations, diplomatic institutions and people, and becomes one of the bigest collections on Asian studies in the Baltics.

foto_TanakaVMU Centre for Asian Studies invites you to the demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony, which will take place on September 5th. 18:00. VMU Arts Centre Hall, Vytautas pr. 71.

Japanese tea drinking rituals and the subtleties will be reviled by master Senyu Tanaka from Japan, who visit Lithuania for the second time this year. Master Senyu Tanaka belongs to the family, which during the Meiji period (1868-1912) established a new direction of tea ceremony – the Society of Japanese Tea Ceremony. This direction of the tea ceremony aims are to convey the tradition according to the changing needs of society, emphasize respect for each tea ceremony and use things and people during the ceremony to communicate harmony. Master Senyu Tanaka is the head of the main Society training centre, based in Tokyo, as well as are author of number of books about tea ceremony. (more…)

Asian Books Space to be opened

akeSince June, 2016 Ch. Sugihara Reading Room was closed but in the beginning of September all the books will be publicly available in new place. Asian Books Space (ABS) is a part of Biržiška Reading Room (Donelaičio 52) where all of the funds from former Sugihara Reading Room will be placed. The new place, compared to the former one, allows the visitors to use modern equipment, computerized working places, contemporary interior and is easy approachable for all of the students. Official opening of the ABS will be announced later.

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This September 11th the screening of a movie about Chiune Sugihara will take place in the historical movie theater “Romuva” in Kaunas. During this event the viewers will be able to meet the delegation from Gifu prefecture, including Jaocu city mayor, who will hand funds donated by Gifu people for Sugihara fond “Diplomats for Life” to Sugihara building repair.

The start of the event: 18:00. The priority to enter the event will be given to thouse, who will have special invitations from Romuva. The invitations could be taken in theatre box office during working hours.

The last autumn premmier of the movie recieved a large influx of viewers and in Japan this movie became one of the most watched. During the event Lithuanians had an opportunity to meet the director Cellin Gluck and main role actors Toshiaki Karasawa (Chiune Sugihara) ir Koyuki (Jukiko Sugihara). After the event Kaunas Deputy Mayor S. Kairys handed flowers and papers announcing them Honorary Ambassadors of Kaunas city tourism.


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14030997_10154496194294052_1405049838_nWe kindly invite you to the fifth Japanese cultural festival and a tenth  bonsai and suiseki exhibition in Alytus, which will be held from September 2nd until 4th by Lithuania Bonsai Association and “Black Scissors” community. VMU Centre for Asian Studies is one of the partners of the event and many of VMU students will be volunteers in this festival.

Attendees will be able to see artists from around the world with their bonsai trees and suiseki, have a look at traditional kimono, enjoy Japanese theater Kiogeno performance, attend variuos lectures about Japanese culture. The second day of the festival, Saturday, will be designed for children, for this reason usual lectures will be complemented by workshops. Each day of the event will end with jazz artists from Japan performance. (more…)