12965967_10205630005099269_1860815458_nVytautas Magnus University Asian Week (VMU Asian Week) is a one-week long cycle of events, related to East Asia region. This year VMU Asian Week will take place on April 18–22 in various venues of VMU and other public places.

VMU Asian Week aims to provide a better understanding of the region and to raise awareness about Japan, Korea and China in an accessible and attractive way. The events are open not only to university‘s community but also to everyone interested in East Asia. Asian Week is organized by VMU Centre for Asian Studies together with student clubs „Hashi“, „Wu Wei“ and „Hallyu“, in cooperation with our social partners.

This is the second time VMU Asian Week is organized. Last time (20–24 of October, 2014), the events were a great success and we attracted a lot of attention from the society.

2016 programme of VMU Asian Week:

  • Monday (April 18) – Language Day and Opening Ceremony.
    1.00 pm Opening ceremony of VMU Asian Week in VMU Small Hall (S. Daukanto str. 28, 2nd floor);
    2.00 pm Japanese language reading contest in VMU Small Hall (S. Daukanto str. 28, 2nd floor);
    2.30 pm Chinese Language Speech Contest in VMU Aula Magna (Gimnazijos str. 7);
    2.30 pm Korean Language Speech Contest in Gimnazijos str. 7, 411 auditorium;
    5.00 pm Bo Haeng Sunim’s monoperformance and book presentation (Kaunas Chamber Theater, Kęstučio str. 74a)
  • Tuesday (April 19) – Food Day
    2.00 pm Various workshops of all the three countries in Gruzijos meno ir skonio namai (K. Donelaičio str. 91). Registration is needed.
    7.00 pm Presentation of Gabrielė Štaraitė’s book “Į Aziją su meile” in VMU Small Hall (S. Daukanto str. 28, 2nd floor).
  • Wednesday (April 20) – Martial Arts‘ Day
    5.00 pm Representatives from different martial arts clubs will perform in VMU Great Hall (S. Daukanto str. 28). Karate do, wu shu and won hwa do specialists will give a one-hour presentation and a short training of every martial art;
    7.00 pm Presentation of Kęstutis Ptakauskas’s book “Ryto rasos sodas: japoniška kultūra, dzeno sodai, arbatos ceremonija ir tradicijos, bonsų estetika ir menas” at a bookstore “Pegasas” in Akropolis (Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 49).
  • Thursday (April 21) – Culture Day
    1.00 pm Various activities are planned – student clubs‘ presentations, cultural workshops (origami, calligraphy, cosplay), Flea Market, anime session, events by our partners, demonstration of national costumes, tea ceremony presentation, etc. in VMU Great Hall and around it (S. Daukanto str. 28);
    6.00 pm Presentation of a Tea ceremony Master Senyu Tanaka’s book about Tea ceremony (translated by Kristina Barancovaitė-Skindaravičienė) and demonstration of tea ceremony (provided by Raimonda Strazdienė), in Kaunas Centre of Different Cultures (Šv. Gertrūdos str. 58).
  • Friday (April 22) – Knowledge and Career Day
    11.00 am Presentations by social partners, representing governmental, tourism, business sectors will take place in Donelaicio str. 52, room 422;
    4.00 pm Quiz tournament in VMU Aula Magna (Gimnazijos str. 7). This will be the closing event of the VMU Asian Week.  Registration is needed;

The timing of the VMU Asian Week is correlating with Anime nights – a traditional event in Kaunas. This festival will take place on the 22-24 of April, 2016.

During these days our partner Caif Cafe (Laisvės al. 50) will be offering new delicious coffee Azijos Latte.