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Tradicinė japonų estetika ir menas (Traditional Japanese Aesthetics and Art)

Authors: Andrijauskas, Antanas
Published on: 2001

“Traditional Japanese Aesthetics and Art” is one of the first Western books covering Japanese aesthetic history from the early ages to the end of the XIX century. Japanese aesthetics, unlike that of India and China, does not have ancient traditions extending over thousands of years. It is more sensitive to external influences, to changes. The evolution of aesthetic thought in the Land of the Rising Sun gave birth to a world of unique categories, to distinctive principles of aesthetic understanding and art appreciation. In no other country on earth have aesthetic feeling and artistic values been able to take such firm root in everyday life. Most assuredly, the historical mission of the Japanese people is to exalt beauty and art. One of the most distinctive features of Japanese culture and aesthetic consciousness is that those areas of human creative expression which remain marginal in other cultures acquire extreme importance in Japan and become the focus of intense aesthetic reflection and artistic creation.

Japanese Myths and Legends

Published on: 1998
Publisher: Mintis

It is widely known that one of the most complicated religious system is the Japanese one, while their mythology is also considered to be one of the most various mythologies in the world.

As it is said in the prologue of “Japanese Myths and Legends”, in Japan like in no other country myths are still vivid and real nowadays, because the polytheistic system of religions of the Japanese nation is based on them. This, as well as the origin of the religion, the classification of gods and deities and even the impact of the mythology to the modern structure of society, is revealed in the book. However, this book is not a simple collection of myths and their variations, because it reveals not only the pantheon of gods, but also the influence of Buddhism to the local religions as well as its dynamics and importance to the creation of the hierarchy system of the society when the origins of the aristocratic kin and families is explained. Moreover, the book is based on such ancient written sources of Japan as “Kojiki” (古事記), „Fudoki“ (風土記), „Nihon Ryōiki“ (日本霊異記) and more. More

The Trip to Shambala

Authors: Ivanauskaitė, Jurga
Published on: 1997
Publisher: Tyto alba

„If you ask me, what inspired me the most from various impressions or conclusions,without doubt i would answer that: SAMBAL“ – with this quote, which  Nicolah Roerich wrote in his diary after the trip around Himalayas, the author started her book „The trip to Sambal“. This is the second part of trilogy „Tibetan Mandala“, which could be the preface of budism for every person.


Ištremtas Tibetas (Tibet in Exile)

Authors: Ivanauskaitė, Jurga
Published on: 1996
Publisher: Tyto Alba

“Tibet in exile” reveals the essential features of the Tibetan culture, telling about Tibetan history, religion, and the current state of the nation, mixed with lively author’s personal experiences and observations.

In 1994 Jurga Ivanauskaitė went to India and studied Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala. When leaving she said she will not write ficion as incompatible with Buddhist practice. However, traveling impressions and a new spiritual experience allowed her to fall in love with Tibet. Jurga felt as if Tibet was created for her, and she for him. There she experienced a lot of excitement, mystical and very personal experiences. Learned many things about Tibet and its traditions: went to rituals, funerals, christenings, weddings . That is why she decided her travel experiences to describe in the book “Tibet in exile“. More

The Golden dragon

Authors: Neimantas, Romualdas
Published on: 1996
Publisher: Orientas

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

Pasaulis puodelyje arbatos (World in a Cup of Tea)

Authors: Neimantas, Romualdas
Published on: 1994

The author describes Japanese culture, art, literature, introduces to its traditions and lifestyle through his own impressions of travels to Japan, as well as, using documentary materials.

World in the Tea Cup

Authors: Neimantas, Romualdas
Published on: 1994
Publisher: Valstybinis leidybos centras

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

Nuo Nemuno iki Fudzijamos: iš Lietuvos-Japonijos kultūros ryšių istorijos

Authors: Neimantas, Romualdas
Published on: 1992
Publisher: Orientas

This book author ​introduces us with Lithuania ­ Japan culture communication’s history, the most important sources and extensive bibliography. In the beginning is mentioned Nichonbashi bridge, it’s importance to Japan: ‘All roads lead to Nichonbashi’. This is the first original attempt to present Lithuania -­Japan culture communication’s history facts. One of the most important thing that disturbed communication was Japan isolation from the world and the Iron Curtain which … More

Devil of Overseas

Authors: Jauniškis, Bronius
Published on: 1992
Publisher: Viltis

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

Tokyo cicadas: one journey memories

Authors: Lankauskas, Romualdas
Published on: 1989
Publisher: Vaga

Romualdas Lankauskas in his book ‘Cicadas of Tokyo’ talks about his only trip to Japan after Second World War and impressions that this trip left. In the book he tells about this distinctive and interesting country’s past and future, its customs, scientific achievements and way of life. The author while strongly idealizing and comparing Japan to western world, talks about his impressions of the three week length trip in Japan. During the trip he visited the main islands of Japan. In this book the reader can familiarize himself with the prosperous period of after war Japan. More

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Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU