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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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive journeys: China, Tibet, Myanmar, Nepal

Authors: Rute, Ieva
Published on: 2014
Publisher: Aukso pieva

Ievos Rutes book can be considered as responsible travelling and astonishing travelling routes guide. As it can be guessed from the name of the book author talks about sightseeing in China, Tibet, Mianmar and Nepal. As we all know these exotic countries have a lot to offer in many different aspects such as culture, architecture, art. As author herself says: “I never go on a trip without my camera equipment” and that is why this book attracts even more attention with all the amazing photographies it has from the smallest temples to worlds highest mountains. That is why after reading this book the desire to travel is over the top. More

To Bangkok in 40 Days

Authors: Paukštys, Saulius
Published on: 2014
Publisher: Tyto alba

“Į Bankoką per 40 dienų”, the book written by Photo-artist Saulius Paukštys, describes a breathtaking story and memories. The journey was organized in order to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the fearless Transatlantic flight of two legendary Lithuanian pilots – Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas. During the trek lasting for almost two months, the distance exceeding fourteen thousand kilometers was covered by two motorcyclists accompanied by their two friends driving cars. A variety of roads and paths, from coasting on asphalt roads to adventures off the beaten track, nearly everything was tried out on their way to Thailand crossing Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Laos. More

Kerintis Iranas (An Enchanting Iran)

Authors: (Lietuvių) Matulionytė, Rita
Published on: 2013
Publisher: Aukso pieva

Doctor of law, Rita Matulionytė in her book “An Enchanting Iran” shares her experiences in this mysterious country. The author introduces readers to the wonderful Iranian nature, culture, and their everyday life. The book is not only full of interesting stories, but also information that is helpful for traveling to the enchanting Iran. The book also gives readers a chance to get acquainted with the history of Iran, moreover to look at the cultural features. The book breaks long established stereotypes about this faraway country. This book is for those who don‘t know much about the country, but wants to learn more. The book is also full of colorful illustrations that convey a part of the country’s beauty. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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