Some of the activities carried out in the series of the cultural events held under the aegis of the Japanese Culture Month are: kimono presentations, feature film screenings, exhibitions of stamps and old Japanese maps, tea ceremonies, calligraphy, origami and sushi workshops, conferences on various topics, book launches, aikido and kendo competitions.
According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Japan in Bucharest, the event will be launched on Thursday, November 2, at the Romanian-American University of Bucharest, with an original presentation of kimonos made by Master Nobuaki Tomita.
Mainly known as a kimono designer, Nobuaki Tomita, who is the President of the Kyokaori luxury clothing company from Kyoto, he made the costumes of the actors who played in more than two thousand Japanese movies and TV series.
His kimonos are remarkable by prints representing famous landscapes from around the word and by the daring association between fabrics and raw materials that are specific to the places he visits. The designer uses many times unusual dyes such as chocolate, strawberries, tea, etc. Nobuaki Tomita has internationally promoted the kimono traditions his original clothes were presented at important events held in USA, China, Italy, Germany, etc.
Other events organized under the Japanese Culture Month are: an exhibition of Japanese stamp since the Meiji era, which will be hosted by the Romanian Academy Library – the “Theodor Pallady” Hall, the Japanese Film Festival, the Japanese Cultural Week at the University of Bucharest (lectures, Japanese book presentations, exhibitions, Japanese language and culture workshops, Chai Party, meetings with Japanese students and teachers), The National Kendo Championship at the Apollo Sports Center, the opening of the Nobori Cultural Center (demonstrations and workshops of Aikido, Kenjutsu, Sushi, Origami, Shodo).
This year’s edition is organized by: the Embassy of Japan in Romania, Japan Foundation, the Romanian-American University, the Romanian-Japanese Studies Center “Angela Hondru”, the Romanian Academy Library, the Romanian Peasant Museum, the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures – the University of Bucharest, Japan Desk Scotland, Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania, the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, the National Museum of Old Maps and Books, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, the Faculty of International business and Economics, the Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication, the Association of the Kendo, Iaido and Jodo Clubs, the Nobori Aikido Aikikai Sports Association.
November 2: Kimono workshop and parade, attended by the designer Nobuaki Tomita
Place: the Romanian-American University (1B Expozitiei Blvd., Bucharest) -Kimono workshop (from 14.00 to 15.30); Room 315, 3rd Floor. The access at the workshop will be possible by registering between October 16 and 27; details at email@example.com
– Kimono parade (from 18.00 to 19.00); B Side, the lobby. The access is free.
November 2 to 12 (opening: November 6, at 14.00) Exhibition of Japanese stamp from the Meiji era Place: Romanian Academy Library – the “Theodor Pallady” Room (125 Calea Victoriei, Bucharest). The access is free.
November 6 to 8 The Japanese Film Festival – November 6, at 19.00 – Swing Girls (subtitles in Romanian) – November 7, at 18.00 – Ore monogatari/MY love STORY! (subtitles in English) – November 7, at 20.00 – Romance/Round Trip Heart (subtitles in English) – November 8, at 18.00 – Maku ga agaru/When the Curtain Rises (subtitles in English) – November 8, at 20.00 – Seto Utsumi/Seto and Utsumi (subtitles in English) Place: The National Peasant Museaum – The Peasant Museum Cinema (3 Kiseleff Road, Bucharest). The access is free.
November 6 to 12 Japanese Cultural Week at the University of Bucharest (lectures, Japanese book presentations, exhibitions, Japanese language and culture workshops, Chai Party, meetings with Japanese students and teachers) Place: The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest (7-13 Pitar Mos Street, Bucharest). The access is free and is possible by registering for certain events; details: https://www.facebook.com/japoneza.unibuc (after October 10)
November 13, from 12.30 to 14.00 “Japanese Gardens” – a conference held by Professor Takuhiro Yamada Place: “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism – The Fresco Hall (18-20 Academiei Street, Bucharest). The access is free.
November 16, from 10.00 to 12.00 Shodo workshop held by Master Calligraphist Taki Kodaira Place: The Romanian-American university, the 322 CSRJ Hall (1B Expozitiei Blvd., Bucharest). The access is free and is possible by registering between November 1 and 15; details: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 22 – December 24 (opening: November 22, at 18.00) Exhibition of old maps of Tokyo
Place: The National Museum of Old Maps and Books (39 Londra Street, Bucharest). Tickets required for access (the access is free at the opening).
November 23, starting at 16.00 Daruma Dolls manufacturing workshop Place: The University of Economic Studies of Bucharest (6 Romana Square, Bucharest). Access is free and is possible by registering; details: email@example.com
November 25 and 26, starting at 9.00 in both days National Kendo Championship Place: the Apollo Sports Center (5 Energeticienilor Blvd., Bucharest). The access is free.
November 28, starting at 11.00
The opening of the Nobori Cultural Center (Aikido, Kenjutsu, Sushi, Origami and Shodo demonstrations and workshops) Place: The Nobori Cultural Center (51 Morilor Street, Bucharest). The access is free.
November 29, at 19.00 “Chanoyu and Zen. The influence of the Zen Buddhism in forming the spiritual space of the Japanese Tea Ceremony” – a conference held by Master Gabriel Soga Căciulă Place: the Seeds for Hapiness Center – the Happy Hall (16 Fabrica de Chibrituri Street, Bucharest). The access is possible by registering; details: www.urasenke.ro and Info.firstname.lastname@example.org