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Visos mano Indijos (All my Indias)

Authors: Mickevičienė, Diana
Published on: 2011


Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe (1-2)

Published on: 2011, 2012
Publisher: Vytautas Magnus University Press

The two volumes are the result of the continuing international and interdisciplinary collective research project, supported by the Suntory Foundation subsidy programs 2010-2012. This research focuses on the acceptance of Japanese and Korean culture in Europe, which could be considered as one of the most influential factors in constructing the image of these two Asian countries. Sponsored by: Suntory Foundation More

Lotoso kvapas (The Scent of Lotos)

Authors: Samalavičius, Almantas
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Vilniaus pedagoginio universiteto leidykla

The book presents travels through Buddhist countries, especially to the places where hardly any tourists are around. It tells picturesque stories about visited cities, villages, sanctuaries and their architectural features. Also, during the trip there are observations about the local inhabitants’ behavior and mentality, which is influenced by the local form of government and religion (Buddhism/Islam). Topics about work, education, hospitality and goodwill of people are considered as well. Every country by visited Samalavicius’ is pictured by emphasizing a few important stages of country’s development: short narrative about emergence of a country, changes of names of cities, some statistical data and myths. Therefore, after reading the book, it is easy to discover the economic, social and political differences of the mentioned countries. More

Drakono alsavimas: (“Breath of Dragon)

Authors: Dikčius, Raimondas, (Lietuvių) Juocevičiūtė, Goda
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Versus aureus

The book „Dragon breathing“, written by Raimondas Dikcius and Goda Juoceviciute It is about 2 countries and one city in Asia: China, Tibet and Honkong. These writers have a lot of experience in traveling in all these countries so they write only about most interesting regions and places, talking about local people thinking, by the way book has a lot of photos. Authors gave practical sugestions what to do in diffrent situations in diffrent countries. Book gives all atention to cities and cultural matters, not to nature. More

Laiškai iš Drakono kalnų

Authors: Marčiulynas, Kęstutis (Bo Haeng)
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Fortus Vita

Life in the monastery is always full of new discoveries. Not talking about the country which for some of us could look like a strange and unknown part of the world. Of course, it is also important to mark that the rules in the monastery seem to be even stricter than anywhere else.

One of the most important things is the fact that the book is not about boring everyday life what would just make it a diary. It is even more than anybody can expect. At first it is an interesting and breathtaking story influenced by simple everyday life as a newborn monk and secondary it an amazing lesson of Buddhism ideology and understanding of the world. Every part has its own deeper meaning.In conclusion I would like to say that a man in a path of Buddhist monk has gained a great knowledge which is shared in a simple and easy way. In the book cultural differences between Lithuania and Korea is also unwrapped and displayed in the simplest way as possible by letting the reader to understand it fasters without putting too much efforts.This book is really worth to read if you ever found yourself interested in East Asian and religions all over the world and have never lost that curiosity. More

The Philippines. The Magic of Ring of Fire (Filipinai. Ugnies žiedo kerai)

Authors: Kinderis, Dainius
Published on: 2011
Publisher: Metodika

The book about one of the Southeast Asia‘s country the Philippines author starts with words: “Is it possible to love a foreign country? The one which is thousands of miles, hundreds of cultures, tens of hours by plane away. The one which is located after many timelines, mountain ranges, infinite oceans.”  This book is a travel diary of Dainius Kinderis, in which he talks about the Philippines as a country which changed him as a traveler. He spent hundreds of days in the Philippines and as the result he introduces the readers to the country\’s history, speaks about the relations between Lithuania and the Philippines and the human beings who played important roles in creating them. Author mentions a dangerous trip in the ferry, during which he visited the abode of the separatists and Badjao sea tribe. Maintaining the theme of danger, the author talks about the risky trip to the highest peak – Mount Apo. More

Tuk tuk Indija

Authors: Starkus, Martynas
Published on: 2010
Publisher: Tyto alba

Second book, written by journalist and traveler Martynas Starkus, is “Tuk tuk India“ and written in travel blog form. Author is famous not only because of his works in Lithuanian media, but mostly by travelling extreme travels and making TV shows about it. Moreover, Martynas Starkus is very talented writter and his blog posts in internet were really well-known and interesting to read. Mostly because of it he desided to write books according to his emotions and memories about the trips.


Dotted line in the margins of road: a journey to Iran 2009 Summer

Authors: Abramavičius, Marius
Published on: 2010
Publisher: Versus Aureus

M. Abramavičius is a famous Lithuanian photographer, artist, writer and traveler. He has visited a lot of countries and written some books about his travels. One of them – “Dotted line in the margins of road: a journey to Iran 2009 Summer“. This book is like a diary of that journey,  which gives you a chance to forget all stereotypes and see the country Iran in a different way.

M. Abramavičius with his friend went to Iran via Georgia, Turkey, its border with Armenia and came back via Azerbaijan. They moved away from their comfortable homes, they left their families and friends. They met an unfamiliar culture and saw different landscape and faced some strange rules. This book picturesquely tells about Iran‘s history, traditions, lifestyle and daily routine. Also it reveals that Iranians are very friendly and hospitable people and this country is not deserved to be called The World Axis of Evil. More

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

Authors: Budriūnaitė, Agnė, Vrubliauskaitė, Aušra
Published on: 2010
Publisher: Vytautas Magnus University Press

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.


Silk Road, or 10 000 kilometers with \”Pagieža\”

Authors: Starkus, Martynas
Published on: 2009
Publisher: Tyto Alba

“Silk road, or 10 000 kilometers with “Pagieža” is the first book by Martynas Starkus. It is a book about his trip’s recollections, though at first he was not planning on writing it. Everything started as simple notes during the trip down the Silk Road but over time Martynas started writing his experiences on the internet. Finally, with a push from his friends he brought himself to write the book. Author admits being lazy about the book and writing it but now that it has been released he rejoices and thanks his friends for the push.


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Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU