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The Book of Tea

Authors: Okakura, Kakuzō
Translated by: Juras, Tadas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Kakuzō Okakura(February 14, 1862 – September 2, 1913) was a Japanese-born art historian and critic, most widely known for his great contributions in solidifying Japanese art and history in the Western society. In his long essay “The Book of Tea” he writes about the ritual of drinking tea as well as the Japanese tea ceremony, its’ history, development and influence in both Western and Eastern worlds. In the book he also coins the term “Teaism”- a sort of philosophy of tea, which is … More

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Authors: T. Kiyosaki, Robert T.
Translated by: Stokys, Ovidijus
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Robert. T. Kiyosaki in his book “Rich Dad Poor Dad“ reveal the truth about how to become wealthy. The book starts with the story about his childhood, when he was only nine years old boy, since that was the time when he started to be interested in becoming rich. R.T. Kiyosaki‘s father (poor dad) had a different creed than author‘s friend‘s father (rich dad) did, for example, poor dad considered well known Robin Hood to be a hero, on the other hand, rich dad believed him to be a nothing More

The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism

Authors: Higashida, Naoki
Translated by: Naujokaitytė, Eglė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Naoki Higashida- a thirteen year old boy with autism, the author of this book.

This book reminds more of an interview than an actual book you would pick up to read. Written in a very interesting style Naoki Higashida helps an average human to understand autism and life with it. It is a great way to get to know more about this development disorder not only for the parents of autistic children but also to everyone who is not familiar or well versed at the subject. In this modern world psychological disorders are often stigmatized and not talked about in the positive light. Therefore, it creates a lot of stereotypes and myths about people who have it. This book helps to educate yourself on the topic of autism and fight those created stereotypes. The young author, even though, he cannot communicate using words or writing, has created a way to connect with people and show that autism does not stop you from socializing. It is very interesting to read a book from such a young author and see the way he sees the world, people and how he experiences everyday things. More

The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One

Authors: Kanazawa, Satoshi
Translated by: Norkūnienė, Nida
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

This popular psychology book helps to understand the definition of intellect and its meaning in bigger cultural context and helps to distinguish intellect from self-value. According to the book’s author Satoshi Kanazawa it is not correct to put individual’s self-value and efficiency with his work results and author proves it with scientific researches and easily understandable examples from every day life. That is why this book is easily understandable to people who might not be very familiar with psychology or science. However, it is a good piece to read if you want to learn more and get to know interesting facts about intellect and how brain works. More

Lithuanian

Authors: Munyol, Yi
Translated by: Seo, Jinseok
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2014

Famous Korean writer Yi Munyol novel is written about Kim Herion- author of musicals, music editor. Her father is Korean, mother is from Lithuania. She has the look of exotic beauty and typical Lithuanian look – he has brown eyes and long blond hair. In this novel reveals her artistic and rebellious soul. Charismatic and musically gifted personality soon become famous music editor and orchestra conductor. So in the novel „Lithuanian“ reveals her passionate but unlucky love, disillusion, when success quickly disappeared, her lonely brokenhearted fate, in the end she leave her hometown. More

The Devotion of Suspect X

Authors: Higashino, Keigo
Translated by: Polonskaitė, Jurgita
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2014

The novel starts with the introduction of Tetsuya Ishigami and Hanaoka Yasuko daily life. Ishigami exhibits an extraordinary intelligence; he is a mathematician, who works as a teacher and a judo trainer in a local school. Yasuko is a mother of Misato, who escaped her abusive ex-husband. She finds new home and a job at Benten-tei restaurant. It seemed that life has got back into its track and they will finally be able to live a normal life. However, as if out of nowhere her ex-husband comes back and her life shatter leading into March 10th incident. The story is written consistently and there is a lot of focus given to time, place and details, which surrounds the characters. Ultimately, March 10th incident change everything into a battle of wits between two extraordinarily intelligent characters, in finding the truth of the incident. New characters are introduced and through their point of view and details presented from their past we learn to know them and become fond of. The whole story changes into a game of wits, where alibi is constructed and detective Shunpei Kusanagi is in charge of puzzling it out. In this whirlpool of game of wits, there are a lot of character mood changes, as well as extraordinary perception and unseen obstacles. Thus, it seems that detective Kusanagi comes closer to finding out the truth, but then again finds himself further away from March 10th incident. More

The Laws of the Sun: One Source, One Planet, One People

Authors: Okawa, Ryuho
Translated from: English
Published on: 2014

The spiritual Master Ryuho Okawa has written more than a thousand books. However, “The Laws of the Sun: One Source, One Planet, One People“ is the first book published by Master Okawa, which has so far remained as the fundamental texts for all of his spiritual teachings and the other later published books. In this, as in his later books, are discussed many relevant topics such as happiness, philosophy, religion, science, business and world events. But what is most important in ‘The Laws … More

The Elephant Vanishes

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Polonskaitė, Jurgita
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2014

This book should be read by readers that are already familiar with this writer’s work/books. Precisely because in most cases, consciously or unconsciously these short stories refers to it’s main prose. It is not worth to start reading from these short stories, if you want to fully understand the meaning of it, if previously haven’t been acquainted with Murakami prose. For the ones, who already had a chance to read anything of Murakami’s work, especially this book should leave the most powerful impression. Because in this book, there is everything what you can expect from Murakami – hyperbolic images that are on the border between reality and illusion, philosophy and everything else for what we admire him. Only he can describe the daily routine in a way that makes even wonder whether is a reality, whether it’s actors dreams, a parallel universe or even something more mysterious? More

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Polonskaitė, Jurgita
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2014

One day writer Haruki Murakami sit at the table and wrote first lines of novel “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”‘. The author himself didn’t know where the story will go. He didn’t had plan at all and so, he had been writing this book more than half a year.

Tsukuru Tazaki is a thirty six years old. In the school times he belonged to the harmonious group of five persons where all members had colorfully names: White, Black, Red, Blue.  Because of that sometimes Tsukuru felt like the black sheep of the family. However, all of them, including Tsukuru, are necessary for the group like the five fingers of the hand. But one summer day for some reasons, all four members of the group decided to drop out Tsukuru from the group. More

Kitchen

Authors: Yoshimoto, Banana
Translated by: Baronina, Indrė
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2014

Banana Yoshimoto (the real name- Mahoko Yoshimoto) – japanese writer, born in 1964 in Tokyo. Rased in a family of writers, Yoshimoto says, that started writing being 5 year-old. Her debut novel „Kitchen“ got three awards at once: „Kaien“ magazine premium for best debut at 1987, Kyoka Izumi literature premium in January 1988, and recomendation award of the minestry of education in august 1988. It is the most popular writer’s novel nowdays and is translated to lots of languages is on sale in more than 20 world countries. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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