On November 20-21, the Bucharest University’s Japanese Language and Literature Section, organizes an anniversary conference that marks 40 years since its establishment. The events that mark this important moment in the history of Japanese language studies in Romania will take place at the Law Faculty (Mihail Kogalniceanu Boulevard, 36-46).
The official ceremony in which the representatives of the university and numerous official guests from Romania and Japan will speak will take place on Friday, November 20, at the Stoicescu Hall (Law Faculty, Floor I) at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be followed by a round table debate (in Japanese) from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The anniversary conference titled “The relevance of the ancient past to contemporary Japanese studies,” given by Professor Simon Kaner from East Anglia University, will take place on Saturday, November 21, at the V hall (Law Faculty, Floor 1), from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Japanese culture workshops – writing, origami, furoshiki, washi, shogi and go, wadaiko (Japanese drums), yukata, karuta, maga and ukiyo, and a small Japanese language lesson – organized by B.A. and M.A. students will take place on Saturday, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the Law Faculty (floor 1).
University representatives, representatives of government ministries, His Excellency Kisaburo Ishii, the Japanese Ambassador to Bucharest, the representatives of the Kumamoto, Ehime and Gakushuin universities, representatives of the Japan Foundation and of the Tokyo Foundation, representatives of the Japanese School in Bucharest as well as other collaborators from the cultural and business sectors will be present at the ceremony. Likewise, the ceremony will enjoy the presence of numerous students and graduates.
A collaboration agreement with the Kumamoto University will also be signed on the anniversary.
The Japanese language and literature section was set up in 1975 and is the oldest and biggest Japanese language and literature section in the country. The Japanese language and literature section currently has 200 B.A. and M.A. students, being one of the most sought-after specializations within the Foreign Languages Faculty.
The Japanese language and literature section enjoys great prestige at international level and collaborates with over 25 universities in Japan and Europe.