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The Colors and Flavors of Japan

Author: Zykas, Aurelijus

Aurelijus Zykas in his book ‘The colors and flavors of Japan’ introduces the reader with this distant country. The author, basing the narrative on his own personal experience, tells the reader about his life in Japan, spent living in two very different cities – Tokyo and Kanazawa. The book is split in two parts – the first part tells mostly about the years spent studying in Kanazawa. The second part concentrates on the life in Tokyo, while studying in Waseda University and working in the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Tokyo few years later. This books is a perfect choice for anybody who is interested in Japan and its culture. More

Tokyo cicadas: one journey memories

Author: Lankauskas, Romualdas

Romualdas Lankauskas in his book ‘Cicadas of Tokyo’ talks about his only trip to Japan after Second World War and impressions that this trip left. In the book he tells about this distinctive and interesting country’s past and future, its customs, scientific achievements and way of life. The author while strongly idealizing and comparing Japan to western world, talks about his impressions of the three week length trip in Japan. During the trip he visited the main islands of Japan. In this book the reader can familiarize himself with the prosperous period of after war Japan. More

The Land of Gods and Perfume

Author: Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė, Marija

„The Land of Gods and Perfume“ is a book which tells the story of Ethiopian culture, strongly affected by the Ancient Egyptian. Ethiopia is described as a mosaic of nations, a place where Egyptian influence is still felt to this day. Egyptian documents usually describe it as a perfume land. The book tells the story of the first Egyptian paharaoh woman Hatshepsut, who was commanded by god Ammon to send ships delegation to Ethiopia, formerly called Puntu. After reaching the Puntu she saw a rich country with good and civilized people, and a very similar appearance and clothing to the most Egyptians.

Although sketchy, Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė’s booklet „The Land of Gods and Perfume“  was a relevant publication at the time, partly due to Italy’s policy toward Ethiopia, which the author experienced clearly at the International Congress of Orientalists in Rome in 1935.

Letters from Kabul

Author: Digrytė, Eglė

The author in her book tells an interesting story about how to survive in war’s zone, how to remain alive. She tries to show the real Afghanistan, to deny some myths, to tell more about culture and traditions that are essentially different from Lithuanian. Egle Digryte openly talks about women’s position in Afghanistan and attitudes towards foreign, warn about dangerous in Afghanistan.

Also, necessary to mention that you could find a lot of colourful illustrations in the book that shows country’s life. More

Muslims and their Islam

Author: Račius, Egdūnas

“Muslims and their Islam” is a study book about Islam as a religion and the Muslim culture, its traditions and customs. Author cites Quran and interprets it to explain the Muslim culture. Gives examples not only from Middle East or world but also from Lithuania and the Muslim culture here. More

Traditional Aesthetics and Art Theory of East Asia

Author: Andrijauskas, Antanas

The author’s Antanas Andrijauskas 40 years long career is very colorful and diverse. A philosopher, civilization theoretician, specialist of cultures and arts, has written hundreds of scientific papers on Lithuanian, Israeli and East Asian cultures. However, in his works, professor mostly focuses on the latter. In trilogy’s ’’History of Aesthetics and Art Philosophy Ideas: East – West’’ second book ’’Traditional Aesthetics and Art Theory of East Asia’’, author overviews China’s and Japan’s traditional art development and analyzes its aesthetical features. More

World in the Tea Cup

Author: Neimantas, Romualdas

Romualdas Neimantas introduces Japanese culture based on his own experience in the book called „World in the tea cup“. Author is very impressed by the traditions, art and history of the „Land of the Rising Sun“. R. Neimantas describes the most outstanding places and people while travelling through the entire Japan. He also includes some dialogues between the Japanese and himself about various topics, such as art, the tea ceremony or the history of Japan. The book gets you closer to the … More

Own Istanbul

Author: Koruklu, Jolita

This book could be called as guide of Istanbul, whereas best places assortment in the city. Author thinks that Istanbul is like „living organism, which continually changing“, so this book have everything: from history of ancient and modern Istanbul from lifestyles. „Own Istanbul“ is the best assistant for searching Istanbul\’s places. After reading the book, you‘ll know everything how is going and even how to behave in the mosque or market.


The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun and the Monuments of Thebes

Author: Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė, Marija

“The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun and  the Monuments of Thebes“ is the 3rd book in “Ancient East“ series, in which autor of the book, pioneer of profesional Egyptology in Lithuania, Marija Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė, vividly and poeticly portray impressions experienced during her second expedition to Egypt in 1924.

The book is divided into two parts. In the first part of the book the discovery of Tut-Ankh-Amun’s, 12th Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled ca. 1332–1323 BC ), tomb is described in fine detail, the most interesting observations of tombs discoverers and explorers (English archaeologists, Egyptologists, George Carnarvon, Howard Carter ) are cited, the history of excavations in the Valley of the Kings are briefly discussed. In the second part of the book, M. Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė depicts her journey to the tomb of  Tut-Ankh-Amun and monuments of Thebes (earthen houses fellah village, pharaoh Hatshepsut temple ruins, Luxor temple, ruins of Karnak) in the form of diary. More

Epics of Asian and European nations

Author: Kerbelyte, Bronislava

This book presents epics created by some of the Eurasian tribes and offers an exceptional opportunity to read excerpts from them professionally translated into the Lithuanian language. The book consists of two parts: the first one is about epics that were written and preserved in ancient texts, and the second part includes those that were preserved by the oral tradition and were written down in the 19th century or even later.

There is some general information before every epic on the people that created it, cultural and historic background, what type of performance it requires, its length, story and main themes. Moreover, information on the translator of the epic or the first person who wrote it down is provided. Specific terminology is explained as well. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU