Asian studies in Lithuania

Cultural Fair

Date and time: 2018-03-08 12:00 - 2018-03-08 16:00

Location: VDU Didžiosios salės foje, S. Daukanto g. 28, Kaunas

Asia week is coming back again and the experience day which is held on 8th of March this time around is going to offer an even closer insight on East Asia culture! We‘re inviting you to dive into the Japanese, South Korean and Chinese cultural tornado and to participate in many interesting and unforgetful events. Of course, good mood and vibes are guaranteed!

The opening start line of the experience day is going to be special. Korea’s cultural center in Warsaw will introduce a breathtaking Korean dance and instrument performance. This performance – a unique chance to hear the spectacular Sung You Jin gayageum play and to see Choi Yun Hee elegant dance. A little bit about the performers:

Sung You Jin graduated from Gukak national high school and Korea’s national university, in which she studied arts and traditional Korean arts. Playing the traditional Korean instrument gayageum Sung You Jin started at the age of 12 which led to starting her solo career in 2010. This way she gained even more experience with the opportunities of playing alongside different artists and bands. Sung You Jin always tries to make her performances all the more interesting while playing modern music which is based on the traditional Korean music. Until this day she is successfully writing a book, living and playing alongside Asia art ensemble in Berlin.

Choi Yun Hee started dancing at the age of 7. After finishing Gukak national high school and Korea’s university, in the Jongmyo shrine she started learning traditional Korean dance – the noble ancestor ritual, Confucius ritual and also Salpurichum dance which is performed by a solo dancer and is meant to cleanse bad energy. From 2002 Choi Yun Hee led the traditional Korean dance group titled “Woo Ri So Ri” and performed more than 100 performances not only in Korea but also in the USA, Turkey, Japan, Italy and Portugal. Now she lives in Berlin and is still active in the traditional Korean dance popularity spreading, introduction and performance.

After the majestic opening performance, we invite you to take a look around in the cultural fair, in which you can get not only cute items from the flea market but also find some interesting books in our book corner. During the fair you will also meet with the Vytautas Magnus University Asia studies center and its clubs: Japanese club “Hashi”, Chinese language and culture club “Wu Wei” and also the Korean cultural club “Hallyu”. Asia studies center will introduce its activities and the clubs will have prepared entertainment – so you must come! And that’s only the beginning! At the fair – girls and guys alike will be invited to try out the Japanese traditional clothes – kimono and the Korean traditional clothes – hanbok. You’ll also have the chance to explore the Korean writings, witness the Chinese exhibition and learn some Calligraphy, purchase Japanese sea weed and much, much more! And if you do get tired from all the excitement, as always we’ll invite you to rest in the tea corner.

We will end the experience day with a bang – with the Yuzawa drums. This is really a unique chance to feel the Japanese drum sound and hear out the Daigen-gumi performance. This group gathered up to spread out the Japanese music rhythm world-wide. The group was established and is furthermore led by Motoichi Yuzawa, who started playing the drums at the age of 6 and has learnt from his father. Master Yuzawa not only plays in the world-wide concerts but is also creating music and teaches others the magic of this particular art. Furthermore the performers are: Ayako Ito, Koudai Koike and Miku Kudo. Just don’t miss out on perhaps the only chance to see and hear Yuzawa’s drum sounds!

Organizers: VMU Centre for Asian Studies, Japanese club “Hashi”, Korean culture club “Hallyu”, Chinese language and culture club “Wu Wei”.

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Partners and sponsors: (Lietuvių)

Japonijos ambasada Lietuvoje, Konfucijaus Institutas, Korėjos kultūros centras Varšuvoje, Taivano Centras, ir kiti.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU