Asian studies in Lithuania

Date and time: 2018-09-08 12:00 - 2018-09-09 19:00

Location: Lietuvos nacionalinė filharmonija, Aušros vartų g., Vilnius

Let’s go on an unforgettable weekend trip to exotic Japan at the largest Japanese cultural festival in the Baltic region – nowJapan – held on 8-9th of September.

During the two-day trip You will have an opportunity to experience nowadays Japan: the fusion of vibrant pop culture, millennial traditions and innovative contemporary ideas. Witness a great variety of performances, fashion shows, exhibitions by the Japanese artists, get acquainted with Japanese cinema and animation, try out creative workshops of Japanese arts and crafts, engage in discussions with public figures about their experiences in Japan, get overwhelmed by the diversity of goods at the expo area and let Yourself to be seduced by the smells of Asian food in the Tokyo Town outdoor area. The vibrant international Cosplay competition will completely blow Your mind enabling You to witness Your favorite characters from movies, video games, comics, etc. appearing on stage. To sum up, from tea ceremony to post-apocalyptic Hello Kitty fashion – there will be a lot of good stuff going on.

Celebrating already the 10th birthday of the festival, this year we are moving nowJapan to the central part of Vilnius – The Old Town. The fusion of Baroque architecture and the most vibrant Japanese sights, sounds and tastes forms a completely new hip Japanese cultural island in the very heart of Vilnius Old Town.


  • Visual Arts (Vilnius Town Hall): Exhibitions, design, animation and cinema, comic culture, crafts, digital media.
  • Stage Arts (National Philharmonic Hall): International Cosplay contest, concerts, theater, dance, live performances, speeches, discussions.
  • Creative workshops (Gallery of Lithuanian Artists’ Association): Creative, artistic activities, interactive sessions, souvenir making, culinary lessons.
  • Tokyo Town (Outdoor Area): Asian food trucks, free art installations, performances, merchandise.

High cultural value + attractive content = high-quality program with a great variety of activities, where everyone will find a great interest: from lovers of Japan and pop culture fans to culture gourmets, trendy hipsters and families with children.


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Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU