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From Baltics to Bengal: In the Shade of India’s Palms

Authors: Poška, Antanas
Published on: 2009
Publisher: Vilko takas

In this second to last book from Antanas Poška in the series “From the Baltic to the Bengal”, we can get to know India and its culture as it was back then , that’s exactly why this part is called “In the shade of India’s palms”.

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At the Baltic Sea, at the Sea of Japan

Authors: Kapustinskas, Povilas
Published on: 2009
Publisher: Versus aureus

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

Wind from the East

Authors: Paulius, Adolfas
Published on: 2009
Publisher: Danieliaus leidykla

“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

Dancing Sushi or Gaijin Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Authors: Rasa, Žalynaitė
Published on: 2008
Publisher: Kronta

The teacher Rasa Zalynaite never in her entire life dreamed about going to Japan, but she says: “The irony of fortune: all my “never to do things” became the main things I did in my life”. After a long time of hesitates and her friend advices she participate in a competition where the price was the opportunity to study in Japan. Only after announcement that she won the competition she realised her life will go into the melting-pot, but she didn’t want to refuse this opportunity. Even … More

Asia, open up

Authors: Siniuvienė, Aušra, Mozurienė, Vilija
Published on: 2007
Publisher: Kronta

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

Nuo Nemuno iki Fudzijamos. Susitikimai su Japonija (From Nemunas to Mt. Fuji. Meetings with Japan)

Authors: Neimantas, Romualdas
Published on: 2003
Publisher: Spindulys

“Nuo Nemuno iki Fudzijamos. Susitikimai su Japonija” is a popular science book about Japan; informative but also appealing to everyone. R. Neimantas introduces the history of Japanese studies and Orientalism in Lithuania and later moves on to the cultural and historical features of Japan itself. He describes Japanese nature, culture, unique Japanese lifestyle features, traditions, religions, philosophy and art.

10 000 Kilometers till Lithuania

Authors: Venclova, Tomas
Published on: 2003
Publisher: Baltos Lankos

From the travel diaries made book, the readers can feel through the eyes of the author far Asian countries, like Japan, Korea, or China and Tibet. The book introduce us with these countries closer and lively. Author visits those places in which he has personal intrest, most of the time exploring cultural monuments or aspects of civilization. Each day spent in the country is always new for the author and he spends each day fully to feel the country as much as possible. Sometimes the author gets into funny situations or writes ironic comments, thereby not hiding his discovery happiness and difficulties he experience while travelling. More

Rytai – Vakarai: kultūrų sąveika (East – West: Interaction of Cultures)

Published on: 2002

Authors of the articles: Vygandas Aleksandravičius, Antanas Andrijauskas, Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė, Vaclovas Bagdonavičius, Jonas Balčius, Audrius Beinorius, Rūta Guzevičiūtė, Valdas Jaskūnas, Dalius Jonkus, Stanislovas Juknevičius, Česlovas Kalenda, Auksė Kapočiūtė, Vladimir Korobov, Bronislovas Kuzmickas, Basia Nikiforova, Aistė Niunkaitė-Račiūnienė, Marija Oniščik, Loreta Poškaitė, Dainius Razauskas, Oresta Rėgalaitė, Vytautas Rimša, Vytautas Rubavičius, Dalia Marija Stančienė, Aivaras Stepukonis, Regimantas Tamošaitis, Daiva Tamošaitytė, Hidemichi Tanaka, Vytautas Tumėnas, Algis Uždavinys, Gintautas Vyšniauskas.

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Anthropology of the History of Religions, Part III. Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto

Published on: 2002
Publisher: Vaga

Loreta Poškaitė – sinologist, orientalist, religious scholar, who has written lots of articles about Asia’s religion, mostly about Daoism. Based on her articles, in the year of 2002 the third volume of “Anthropology of the history of religions” about Confucianism, Daoism and Shintoism was published. Book is divided into three parts. Every part consists of introductory article about one of the religions, the fragments from the original “holy” book, or religion founder thoughts. More

Chinese Wisdom About Happiness, Health and Love

Published on: 2002
Publisher: Algimatas

This book would be handy to anyone because it explicitly explores a millennia of Chinese expertise in finding harmony between the body and the soul, the secret foundations to wellness, happiness and love. It requires to take into account the cycles of time and the provisions of one’s sex life, and most importantly, being in harmony with nature and the universe.

Chinese philosophy does not hide any ideas or abstract truths. Their philosophy is the ability to act duly at any moment, More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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