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Abramavičius, Marius


Penname Neboisia – poet, artist, photographer, traveler, writer, sculptor, video artist, musician, kite artist and diplomat of the Republic of Užupis, currently Užupis ambassador in Persia (Iran) and Santo Spirito.  Spent 13 years Užupio ambassador in Tibet.

1991 graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical Institute. In 2007-2008 he led Užupis Art Incubator. Lithuanian Art Photographers’ Association member. Visited Japan, Tibet, Iran, India, Nepal, Thailand, the Kuril Islands, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Morocco, Cuba and Georgia. He wrote the books: Wanderers notes. Georgia and Iran- the other side of the Moon.

Andrijauskas, Antanas


Habilitated doctor; head of the Department of Comparative Culture Studies at the Culture, Philosophy, and Arts Research Institute; Professor at Vilnius University and the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, president of the Lithuanian Aesthetic Association; and expert member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. More

Beinorius, Audrius


Chief editor of magazine “Acta Orientalia Vilnensia” (since 2000 y.), member of Lithuanian association of religious studies, member of American academy of religions, member of Lithuanian – Indian cultural fellowship.

Since 1996 has been lecturing in Vilnius University, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences.  Courses:

  • Introduction to Religious studies
  • Introduction to Indology
  • Buddhism in Asia
  • Pali language and literature
  • Indian modernism
  • Aspects of the Classical Indian Psychology (in English)
  • Development of Buddhist culture (in English)
  • Reception of India in the West (in English)


Budriūnaitė, Agnė

1973 - 2015

Agnė Budriūnaitė (1973-2015) – Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy of Vytautas Magnus University. She wrote several monographs and numerous scientific articles. Also, this woman organized several interdisciplinary conferences and initiated some research projects. From 2005 he taught at Vytautas Magnus University, Department of Philosophy and worked the VMU Centre for Asian Studies as senior researcher. A. Budriūnaitė concentrated on research of Eastern (especially Daoism) philosophy, religion philosophy, classic and modern mysticism, religious syncretism, comparative analysis.

Gelūnas, Arūnas


Arūnas Gelūnas is an artist, scholar and the minister of Culture of Lithuania since 2010. His main academic interests are concentrated on Japanese art history, Japanese graphics. Uses Japanese art motives in his art creations.

He is a member of the Lithuanian National Bologna process (chairman in 2004-2008), member of the European Japanese Studies Association (EAJS), member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union, member of the Lithuanian Philosophers’ Union, member of the editorial board of the periodical Acta Orientalia Vilnensia.


Grainytė, Vaiva


Poet, essay writer and playwright, the Republican contest of young philologists and Pranas Lembertas contest nominee. In 2003 she graduated from Kaunas Jesuit high school and studied at an Kaunas photography school. Prints of cultural criticism publications in national press. Vaiva Grainytė’s debut book „Pekino dienoraščiai“ (2012), in which the author described her study experiences in China, became a huge success in Lithuania. The book in 2012 was included in the book of the year nominees list (adult category) and the Lithuania’s most creative book of the year top twelve.

Her works are translated into English, German, French, Latvian, Russian and Chinese languages, plays were featured in various international theater and music festivals in France, Germany, New York, Shanghai, Riga, Moscow. 2013. given the art maker status.

Jaskūnas, Valdas


Valdas Jaskunas is Oriental centre indology associate professor, \”Kultūrologija. Komparatyvistinės studijos\” (Cultural studies. Comparative studies) magazine editorial board member, annual international conference \”Azijos studijos. Problemos ir tyrinėjimai\” (Asian studies. Problems and research) organizing committee member, \”Acta Orientalia Vilnesia\” editorial board secretary, \”Rytai – Vakarai\” (East – West) conference organizing committee member, culture, philosophy and art … More

Kairys, Steponas

1879 - 1964

Steponas Kairys was one of the most iconic Lithuanian politics in the early XX century, one of the founders of the Social Democratic party, the February 16th Independence Act signatory. While he was living in St. Petersburg in early XX century, he was really interested in Japan, which has just won the Russian-Japanese war, admired the courage of representatives of the nation and well-ordered society. Over a century ago, in 1906 he came back to Lithuania, and under the nickname of “Dėdė’ (translation Uncle) he wrote three books about Japan:  „Japonija seniau ir dabar“, „Kaip japonai gyvena dabar“, „Japonų konstitucija“.


Kōma, Kyōko (高馬 京子)

Researcher at the Centre for Asian Studies, Vytautas Magnus University. Her main research interests are: acculturation of Japanese Fashion in France and Lithuania, Acculturation of French Fashion in Japan, Image of Japan in European Media (France and Lithuania), Japanese (Asian) contemporary Popular Culture, discourse analysis, cultural theories, semiotics, argumentation, Intercultural (national) communication, Japanese and French language teaching. Member of European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) (since 2010).

Teaches Japanese language and courses on contemporary Japanese culture (MA) at Vytautas Magnus University. Also teaches Japanese language at the Oriental Studies Centre (VU), and Vilnius Pedagogical University.


Mironas, Ričardas

1908 - 1979

Educator, linguist, translator, boxer, polyglot. Devoted to philology, knew around 30 languages. R. Mironas was interested in old languages such as Sanskrit, Oriya, Latin, Old Greek languages. He also knew French. India and its languages were one of his passions, he was able to inspire the interest to his students into studying Sanskrit and later Hindi language which he studied independently and managed to gather a small group of students who he taught. He wrote various textbooks and  More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU