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Ališauskas, Arvydas


Arvydas Ališauskas is the first translator in Lithuania who translated Japanese literary works directly from Japanese. Since 1969 he has translated numerous works by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Ogawa Pimei, Rieko Nakagawa, Miyoko Matsutani, Sachiko Hatanaka and others. He is also a pioneer of Japanology in Kaunas and the first Head of the Asian Studies Centre (previously Japanese Studies Centre) of Vytautas Magnus University.

Biliūnaitė, Agnė


She is a short opera \”Dviskaita\” (built in 2008) author of the libretto.


Devėnaitė, Violeta

Lecturer and translator from Japanese.

Research Interests: Grammar of Japanese Language; Japanese linguistics

Current Project: Student handbook of Japanese Grammar

Courses Taught: Japanese Language and Literature; Classical Chinese

Dumčius, Vytautas


Lithuanian and Klaipėda city political and public figure, lecturer at Klaipėda University, translator from Japanese.

Susnytė, Ieva


The japanologist who translated the works of one of the most popular contemporary Japanese literature author Haruki Murakami.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU