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Ryto rasos sodas (Garden of Morning Dew)

Authors: Ptakauskas, Kęstutis
Published on: 2016
Publisher: Aukso Pieva

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

History of Japan

Authors: Švambarytė, Dalia
Published on: 2016
Publisher: Vilnius University

\”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.

Mamahuhu. Six years in China

Authors: Aukštakalnytė-Hansen, Eglė
Published on: 2015
Publisher: Tyto alba

The book “Mama Afrika”  writer Eglė Aukštakalnytė-Hansen  that had to move form Kenia to Sanhay, so she could wrote a book “Mamahuhu, Šešeri metai Kinijoje”, where she told her experience.  The author Eglė Aukštakalnytė-Hansen tries to show the boundless (so much geographycal area, so much cultural meaning) China as a huge colage, that every detail is distinctive, immpresive and worth attention.

At first the reader is suprised and intreaged by the book title „Mamahuhu“. This lingvistic crossword meaning is expalined by the author in the book, but the reader can interpret it on their own way.   Also there is many photographs, that are captured by the author from various China regions. Photos and signatures helps you understand what kind of different country it is on people, environment and traditions point of view. More

Epics of Asian and European nations

Authors: Kerbelyte, Bronislava
Published on: 2015
Publisher: Vytautas Magnus University Press

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

To Asia with Love

Authors: Štaraitė, Gabrielė
Published on: 2015
Publisher: Alma Literra

The book travels around four full of wonders and paradoxes Asian countries – Burma, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The book tells the story about each of these countries, their traditions, culture, history and local people. The book vividly tell the story about cities, villages, temples and architectural wonders. In the book you can read about various adventures, some good moments and some stories about uncomfortable events. The author very well provide each of the countries, advises what to see, what to avoid and how to get to know these extraordinary cultures. The author paints a picture of the country she visited and highlight several key stages of the development of the state. In the book the author tells the story about every country history, cities, statistic and myths. After reading this book, you get to know every country and you can easily see each other\’s differences. More

Six Years in Saigon

Authors: Delattre-Lefebvre-Vilimaitė, Vita
Published on: 2015
Publisher: Alma Littera

After hearing an offer to live a year  in Saigon, journalist Vita Vilimaitė Lefebvre Delattre didn not waver: she always wanted to return to Asia, because she felt that there she will find her fate. But is the Saigon of 2006 really the place of her dream?

Just like all other people who wrote about their memories, adventures and events in Asia – the author reviels a rather dualistic world. To us, westerners, hearing the word Asia, whether we like it or not, brings thoughts of stereotypes like: Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, odd dishes and so on. But these are the thoughts of an unexperienced person. There is a completely diffent, deeper world underneath our ameteuristic glance. That is exactly what is emphasized in “Šešeri metai Saigone“ (Six years in Saigon). While drawing a picture of uknown Vietnam to a westerner, the author binds every drawn line with her own experienced events, feelings, thoughts. In this book one will find how stereotypes are “broken“ and confirmed. However, the most fascinating aspect of this book is the author‘s ability to put the reader of this book into her place. To make one feel enstranged in a different culture. To feel lonely and showered in often not required attention because of being  a “white“ person with light eyes. More

Vietnam. Singapore. Bali. Magical South East Asia

Authors: Domkuvienė, Violeta
Published on: 2015
Publisher: Obuolys

This book gives perfect opportunities to plunge into three magic countries of Southeastern Asia. The author describes three countries figuratively and in a defiantly way, which she has visited. It is Vietnam, Singapore and the island of Bali. The author of the book shortly tells the   history , customs and traditions of the visited countries, which can give the reader a shock, and also describes her own adventures in the visited countries, a few of which are funny  and some of which will … More

Alone in India

Authors: Rykštaitė, Vaiva
Published on: 2014
Publisher: Baltos lankos

The author tells about her own experiences while travelling in India. However, it is not a tourist guide book, which is why there are no picturesque routes or references to comfortable and popular hotels. She narrates without glamor and idealization – whether it is the places she visited or the people and their relations. And in her trip there were many various meetings, starting the ones with the westerners, who were searching for the enlightment in India, or just were in love with the country, and finishing with meetings with the locals with all their complex rituals, traditions, and subtleties of interaction. More

The Colors and Flavors of Japan

Authors: Zykas, Aurelijus
Published on: 2014
Publisher: Aukso Pieva

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

Letters from Kabul

Authors: Digrytė, Eglė
Published on: 2014
Publisher: Tyto alba

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

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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