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Japan Month in Bucharest

The Japanese Embassy in Bucharest organizes throughout November a series of special events under the umbrella-heading “Japan Month”.

The endeavour is meant to promote Japan’s reconstruction after the disastrous quake which struck the Eastern coast of the Land of the Rising Sun in March. It’s been eight months since the tragedy and, in this space of time, the people of Japan have striven to remove the traces of disaster and to rebuild the country.

The event series will open today, starting 5pm, with a conference delivered by HE Natsuo Amemiya, the Japanese Ambassador to Romania, at the Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel (Marcu Hall, 1st floor).

The “Regina Maria” Hall of the same venue will host, starting 7.30pm, two lectures on Japan’s reconstruction process and, respectively, on Japanese food. The lectures will be delivered by Toshiya Ueki, University of Tohoku – “The Great East Japan Quake – Experiences and Efforts from the Stricken Areas” and Akihiko Kikuchi, JA ZEN-NOH, – “Safety and Quality Standards for Japanese Food – A Presentation of Japanese Rice”. The evening will end with a reception meant to showcase traditional Japanese cuisine.

Between November 15 and 29, the Romanian Peasant’s Museum will host a photography exhibition dedicated to Japan’s reconstruction efforts. On November 16, the master chefs Masayoshi Kazato and Kensaku Yoshida will present a sushi-making demonstration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, while a tea ceremony demonstration, offered by masters Michiko Nojiri and Gabriel Caciula, is scheduled for November 21.

On November 24, the Tokyo “Minwaza” company will offer a Japanese shadow-theatre performance at the Odeon Theatre, to be followed by a second presentation at the Bucharest National University of Theatrical and Cinematic Art.
The Odeon Theatre will also host on November 25, 26 and 27 an extraordinary charity contemporary dance show titled “Requiem. Nu stii nimic despre mine” (Requiem. You Don’t Know a Thing about Me), signed by Motoko Hirayama and Razvan Mazilu. On November 28, the University of Bucharest’s Japanese Studies Centre will host the conference “The Cons­truction of National Language and Native State in Perspective: Japan and South Slavic Linguistic Continuum,” offered by Professor Andrej Bekes, University of Tsukuba/ Univer­sity of Ljubljana.

Jane Birkin to sing alongside Japanese band

Less than two weeks before her appearance in Bucharest, Jane Birkin revealed some of the surprises she has in store for the concert she will offer on November 13 at the Palace Hall. According to a press release, the artist stated recently she would be accompanied by a band of Japanese musicians, alongside whom she would perform some of the songs closest to her heart, composed by the incomparable Serge Gainsbourg, to whom she dedicated this world tour.

The first concert in this musical line-up was presented in Tokyo and met with tremendous success, which is why the artist decided to embark on a world tour titled “Serge Gainsbourg & Jane via Japan.”

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