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At the Baltic Sea, at the Sea of Japan

Author: Kapustinskas, Povilas

The book takes us to a nearly but still memorable especially among elders times when we were still in the Soviet Union. The writer analyzes 1950-1962 years. Thus, the author tells us his twelve years journey that distacting him from Lithuania to the Far East.

“Prie Baltijos ir Japonijos jūrų“ – it is an autobiographical book. Most parts of the story author devotes to describe his geological works. After his history-philology studies, he realised that nature is more attractive to his beliefs. Together with the author we are exploring various towns and villages of Lithuania. But being more adventurous he dares to take us through the great cities of the Soviet Union. After reaching Chinese walls, in Western Sajan, in Dzugdzur and other places he also describes his geological excavations. More

The Golden dragon

Author: Neimantas, Romualdas

Romualdas Neimantas is the writer, the doctor of history science, one of the most prominent explorer of Eastern cultures, Lithuania‘s and Eastern cultural interactions, also known as a person, who devoted his whole life for East Asia region, cognition, exploration and travelling. Author in the book “The golden dragon“ not only talks about Daoizm which is one of the oldest filosophy and religion in China but also tries to find a unique way how to perceive China. Having consideration in that, author refers to his old acquintance professor Lin Bo thoughts.  Professor claims, that “China is the dragon, who has thousands of faces. If you want to understand China, you have to find a dragon… The golden dragon who is the body, the soul and the blood of China.“ The main goal in this book is to find the Golden dragon which lies in Chinese philosophy, art and perception of the world. 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

Beijing Diaries

Author: Grainytė, Vaiva

Poet, prose miniatures and essays author Vaiva Grainytė as many students has experienced what it feels to study abroad. By choosing Beijing\’s Central Academy of Drama the writer hoped next to the language studies get known to the local scene arts, to learn more about the Asian theater.
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Devil of Overseas

Author: Jauniškis, Bronius

Two memories by two tellers this is what this book is made of. This documentary novel speaks about Lithuanian missionaries who are preparing for their great spiritual mission in China. This novel takes us back to before and after World War II. While reading this book, readers can easily imagine picturesque scenes from Buddhism, Taoism confessors, their religion and lifestyle. This book also exposes a small part of Confucius truths and what confessors this religion contains of. Also, friendship …and first love these are keywords that makes this book throughout more interesting. More

Wind from the East

Author: Paulius, Adolfas

“Wind From The East” is a book with a unique content. This is the very first original literature work done by a Lithuanian author, where the story-line is about one Lithuanian student’s adventures and impressions in the Far East – Xian, China. The author of the book didn’t have a chance to travel to China himself, however, just like he said in one of his interviews, “The main character of the book went there instead of me.”

Xian is the main place where all the action took place. The young Lithuanian came here to visit his childhood friend Pei Sin. Here, in Xian, Pei Sin introduces the Lithuanian to his friends, historians, philosophers and students from other countries, but most importantly he introduces him to a completely new culture. By using all kinds of traditional Chinese legends, history fact and so on, the author introduces the reader with a 5000 year old image of the mysterious China. The new friends reveal lots of different myths, legends (for example the legends about the foxes and the sky fairies), traditional customs. They introduce their friend from abroad with the old culture of China, reveal some of the traditional Chinese celebrations. Even though the main action of the book is during the 21st century, the younger generations of China are still embracing all the traditions and wants their new friend to know as much about them too.

However, here we can see another important topic of the book suddenly appear. It is globalization. China is not as closed as it used to be. More and more people are getting interested in the country, we can see more and more travelers choosing China as their destination. To add, the western impact is getting more and more noticeable. That is why there is a lot of comparison between the Western cultures and China. The main character also enthusiastically shares some legends and stories about his home country Lithuania.

Lastly, for the reader to get to know China’s culture even better, at the very ending of the book the author gives away some of the traditional Chinese gymnastic exercises, old traditional recopies and even a list of Lithuanian – Chinese phrases and some of the most important phone numbers in case the reader would decide to go to the enchanting China. This kind of content when the the book is written is almost a diary form and all the recopies, exercises added to one place makes it even easier for the reader to see the image of China that the author wants to show us. More

Happy Fish. The most important allegories of Zhuangzi and their commentaries

Author: Budriūnaitė, Agnė

In this book we are presented with one of the most influential texts of Dao – “Zhuangzi” it’s most important allegories and their commentaries. Authors, Budriūnaitė Agnė and Vrubliauskaitė Aušra seek to introduce readers to Zhuangzi which is a text that helps one to seek understanding in Dao, while still being an actuality to the day. Book has twelve chapters, each presenting us with many different allegories and their commentaries of many differing sources.

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Ryto rasos sodas (Garden of Morning Dew)

Author: Ptakauskas, Kęstutis

Kestutis Ptakausko interest in Japanese gardens started by one incident in 1996. While on a holiday in Palanga, he accidentally saw a picture of a Japanese garden, which has made a significant impact on his life, because by seeing the picture he became interested in Japanese culture and wanted to create a similar garden that he saw. Even before the end of holiday in Palanga, he came back and threw himself into the garden development work.

This book, \”Ryto rasos sodas\”, the author wants to introduce Lithuanian readers with his hobby. More

Asia, open up

Author: Siniuvienė, Aušra

This comic book ,,Asia, open up\”, which is written by Vilija Mozurienė and Aušra Siniuvienė, provides excellent opportunities for readers to dive into the spectacular and scenic trips in 47 Asian countries. The book consists of funny, various comics, which allows to get acquainted with Asia slightly differently: there is no single text or certain information in this book – everything is presented playfully, with a lot of images. Each country in this book including Azerbaijan, … More

History of Japan

Author: Švambarytė, Dalia

\”History of Japan\” written by Dr. Dalia Švambarytė revolves around history of Japan since the islands division to nowadays. All the eras, periods, rulers who are worth mentioning are mentioned in the book as well as the progress of art and science. The book is divided into parts and every era has its own part, so you don\’t have to read the book from the beginning in order to find out about certain event. In the beginning of the book we can find the explanations how Japanese names and names of places are translated into Lithuanian. The book is also full of illustrations and various useful maps. \”Japanese history\” is one of the first books about Japanese history released by a Lithuanian writer and the first one which is so informative.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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