*Taiko workshop, international conference, ikebana demonstrations, shows, kendo classes
Bucharest will host the sixth edition of the Japanese Culture Days, on May 12-23, an event organised by the ‘Angela Hondru’ Centre for Romanian-Japanese Studies (CSRJ-AH), alongside the Romanian-American University of Bucharest. The cultural event is taking place with the support of the Japanese Embassy in Bucharest and Japan Tobacco International (JTI).
The 12-day event will feature a series of events that will combine the traditional and the modern: conferences, seminaries, festivals dedicated to those who have a passion for Japanese culture and lifestyle. Likewise, Japanese martial arts demonstrations and Japanese game competitions will also take place. Aspects of Japanese economy, geopolitics and public relations will also be tackled at conferences that will feature international speakers.
Here is the schedule of the Japanese Culture Days:
May 12, 6 p.m.: Taiko workshop (traditional Japanese drums), offered by artist Mugen Yahiro. The event will take place at the RAU Fitness Hall of the Romanian-American University.
May 13-14: Fourth edition of the “Japan-Romania – cross points in a global context” international conference
The conference is organised in partnership with the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto, the Romanian Academy’s Global Economy Institute, the Bucharest University’s Faculty of History and the Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Romania.
The goal of this event is to offer teachers, researchers, students, officials and business sector representatives the chance to bring together studies concerning Japanese culture, business sector, economy and public relations.
The opening of the event will take place on Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at the Romanian-American University’s Senate Hall, in the presence of His Excellency Kisaburo Ishii, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan. The conference will continue on Saturday, May 14, with three sections whose main themes will be: Japanese culture, economy and public relations.
May 13, 6 p.m., spectacular ikebana demonstration and workshop (Japanese flower arrangement), offered by maestro Chizuru Ashihara from Kyoto, Japan. The event will take place at the Romanian-American University’s Senate Hall.
May 15, 6 p.m., CSRJ-AH Anniversary Gala – Haru Urara Grand Festa. The event will take place at the Romanian-American University’s Aula Magna and will mark the 16th anniversary of the CSRJ-AH, through a show offered by Japanese and Romanian artist, but also through the conferring of awards to the Centre’s best students, the main award consisting of a two-week trip to Japan, offered by JTI.
The event will include traditional Japanese music performed by artist Naoko Kikuchi, traditional Japanese drum music interpreted by artist Mugen, an artistic moment offered by the teachers and students of CSRJ-AH, and a kabuki representation offered by CSRJ-AH students under the guidance of Japanese language teacher Chinatsu Kawamoto.
The event is open to the general public.
May 18-24, kendo classes and demonstrations in Bucharest and Brasov, offered by two distinguished guests from Japan: Masayoshi Miyazaki (7-dan kendo master) and Michi Yoshioka (6-dan kendo master).
For more information on the Japanese Culture Days, visit the event’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ZileleCulturiiJaponeze