Festival “Japan Days in Kaunas WA” – your ticket to the country of the rising sun.

2022.04.25 – 05.01

BLC Business Center (K. Donelaičio str. 62), Kaunas Artist House (Putvinskio str. 56) and other spaces of the city

The most anticipated events of the festival include: a joint project of dance theater “Aura” and the famous Japanese contemporary dance choreographer Ryu Suzuki , a performance of Aoi Yamaguchi – world-famous calligraphy artist, residing in the USA, inviting get to know the art of calligraphy by immersing into an impressive performance, paintings created live by a robot,  Jiutamai dance performances by Tokijyo Hanasaki accompanied by Gidayu-Bushi music,  Mikoshi shrine carying event, a concert of one of the most famous traditional Japanese instrument biwa artists Tanaka Kyokusen and Wadaiko performance by Tokumi Kato, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and others events.

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FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Festival program is a subject of change.

9:00-15:00

Educational activities for school children. Acquaintance with Japanese culture and arts: Japanese tea drinking ceremony, Japanese language lessons. 

KEIC, Vytauto av. 44 – Closed event for schools – with registration only.

 

16:00-16:30

Opening of exhibition “Lithuania and Japan. We are together in our hearts” 

Presidential Palace Yard in Kaunas, Vilnius st. 33

 

16:30-17:00

Opening of Evaldas Karalius photo exhibition “Shikoku 88 Temples Road”

Kaunas Puppet Theater, Laisvės av. 87A.

 

16:50-17:30

Kimono Show at Laisvės avenue

From Kaunas Puppet Theater (Laisvės av. 87) to BLC (K. Donelaičio st. 62) via Daukanto st.

 

17:30-18:00 

Festival opening event with introduction of exhibitions:

 

  • Paper installation “10 000 Blossoms of Hope – to Commemorate the Fallen for the Freedom of Ukraine” 
  • Artworks of worldwide know graphic artist Hiroyuki Mitsume Takahashi 
  • Bronisław Piłsudski photo exhibition “Nations of Sakhalin”

 

BLC lobby, K. Donelaičio st. 62

 

18.30

Opening of the installation “Senseless Drawing Bot” by So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi  

VMU, V. Putvinskio st. 23

 

21:30 – 01:00

Video Installation “Following the Ainu Traces” – artwork of animated graphics reflecting the ornamental heritage of Japanese ainu nation

Žilinskas Art Gallery wall, Nepriklausomybės sq. 12

9:00-15:00

Educational activities for school children. Introduction to Japanese culture and arts: Japanese tea drinking ceremony, introductory martial art kendo practice. 

KEIC, Vytauto pr. 44 – Closed event for schools – with registration only.

 

10:00 – 11:00 

Japanese dance critic Takao Norikoshi lecture: “What Follows Butoh. The New Japanse Dance Nation” 

Kaunas Dance Theater “Aura”, M. Daukšos st. 30A (private event)

 

12:00

Educational tour at Sugihara House Museum

With registration only at: [email protected] 

Sugihara House Museum, Vaižganto g. 30. 

 

16:00

Japanese movie afternoons: “Every Day a Good Day” (2018, 100 min.)

Noriko is the main character of the movie based on famous piece by essayist N. Morishita, who learns important lessons of life, dictated to her by the world of Japanese tea ceremony.

Genre: drama.

Forum Cinemas Akropolis, K. Mindaugo Av. 49. 

Free tickets will be available at the cinema 1 hour before the screening.

 

17:00

Ieva Liaugaudaitė zenga calligraphy exhibition “Wind Inviting Gently for a Dance” opening

Autotoja – Lexus Kaunas, Savanorių av. 447A

Exhibition will be open April 25-30, daily from 8 to 19 hours, except on Saturday 8-15 hours.

 

17:30

Linas Didvalis lecture „Lithuania and Japan relations: from travelers to emperors“  

Bistro „Gardžios istorijos“, A.Jakšto st. 6, Kaunas.

With registration only at: https://forms.gle/ZwBQK85Uogycbf4Z9

 

18:00

Tokijyo Hanasaki jiutamai dancing and traditional Japanese Gidayu-Bushi music performance “Legendary love stories of women: Japanese warrior Tomoe and Egle the Queen of Serpents”. Performed by Tokijyo Hanasaki, Takemoto Koshikou, Tsuruzawa Sansuzu, Fukuhara Hyakushichi (Japan)

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Art and Education, A. Mackevičius st. 27

 

21:30 – 01:00

Video Installation “Following the Ainu Traces” – artwork of animated graphics reflecting the ornamental heritage of ancient Japanese ainu nation

Žilinskas Art Gallery wall, Nepriklausomybės sq. 12

8:00-9:00

Virtual meeting “Spring fun” of students of Kaunas Panemune and Hiratsuka Minato (Japan) primary schools

For participation please join the event at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86568386163?pwd=QzZTZkt4ZkRGNEtaemc2ZUVrUlViUT09

 

9:00-14:00

Educational activities for school children: introductory martial art kendo practice, Japanese language lessons. 

KEIC, Vytauto pr. 44 – Closed event for schools – with registration only.

 

16:00

Japanese movie afternoons

“Dad’s lunch box” (2017, 76 min.)

The film was inspired by a real-life story of a divorced father who had been preparing daily lunch boxes for his teenage daughter for three years. It is a light-humored story about the relationship between father and daughter. 

Genre: drama, culinary.

Forum Cinemas, Akropolis, K. Mindaugo Av. 49

Free tickets will be available at the cinema 1 hour before the screening.

 

16:00

Arvydas Kumpis Japanese scenery photography exhibition “Portraits of Spring” introduction

Toyota representation in Kaunas Autotoja, Savanorių av. 447a

Exhibition will be open April 25-30, daily from 8 to 19 hours, except on Saturday 8-15 hours.

 

17:30

Kristina Barancovaitė-Skindaravičienė lecture „Contemporary street fashion in Japan”

Putvinskio st. 23, 106 auditorium.

With registration only at: https://forms.gle/aHf4kRAh2gEAmiNX9 

 

18:30

Aesthetics of imperfection. Ritual and mastery in cultural dialogue. Joint project of Japanese artists Keiko and Atsushi Futatsuya, Lithuanian designers,  dance theater “Aura”. 

Kaunas House of Artists, V. Putvinskio st. 56

 

21:30

Japanese music concert dedicated to the centenary of friendly relations between Lithuania and Japan 

Broadcast on LRT Plius TV channel

9:00-13:30

Educational activities for school children: Japanese tea drinking ceremony. 

KEIC, Vytauto pr. 44 – Closed event for schools – with registration only.

 

12:00

Educational tour at Sugihara House Museum

With registration only at: [email protected] 

Sugihara House Museum, Vaižganto g. 30. 

 

14:00

International schoolchildren and teacher conference “I – We – the World”. The award ceremony of haiku competition “Blossom” designed by schoolchildren and youth as well as photography competition “Signs of Japan in Kaunas”, the opening of haiku and photography exhibitions.

KEIC, Vytauto av. 44

 

16:00

Documentary film “Visas for Life. Chain of Courage” screening

VMU, V. Putvinskio st. 23, 103 auditorium.

 

18:00

Arvydas Kumpis lecture „Gifu in the eyes of Lithuanian: from daily life to traditional celebrations“ 

Bistro „Gardžios istorijos“, A.Jakšto st. 6, Kaunas.

With registration only at: https://forms.gle/aUQUZr5jbaNFvj2J6

 

18:30

Meeting of traditional Japanese and Lithuanian arts: Jiutamai dance, Gidayu music and ancient Lithuanian folk music. Performed by Tokijyo Hanasaki, Takemoto Koshikou, Tsuruzawa Sansuzu, Fukuhara Hyakushichi (Japan), Vilnius Mixed choir “Sonoros” (Lithuania)

BLC, Belo Concert Hall (II floor), K. Donelaičio st. 62

 

15:00

Japanese movie afternoons

“5 centimeters per second” (2007, 63 min.)

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology and adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Genre: anime, drama, romance.

Forum Cinemas, Akropolis, K. Mindaugo ave. 49

Free tickets will be available at the cinema 1 hour before the screening.

 

17:00

Aoi Yamaguchi calligraphy performance with dance theater “Aura” 

Kaunas House of Artists, V. Putvinskio st. 56

 

18:00

Exhibition opening – Japan and Lithuania contemporary textile art “Between Two / Contemplations” 

Gallery “Meno parkas”, Rotušės sq. 27; gallery „Balta“, M. Valančiaus st. 21. 

Exhibition will be open 04.29 – 05.29

 

19:00

Premiere of Kaunas dance theater “Aura” – “Distant bodies”, choreographer Ryu Suzuki (Japan)

BLC, Belo Concert Hall (II floor), K. Donelaičio st. 62. You can purchase your ticket here:

https://www.bilietai.lt/lit/renginiai/teatras/premjera-nutole-kunai–kauno-sokio-teatro-aura-354676

 

 

11:00

Ikebana creative workshop with Rasa Varvuolienė

Kaunas House of Artists, V. Putvinskio st. 56  – in advance registration at [email protected]

 

12:30

Aoi Yamaguchi and the Senseless Drawing Bot performance

VMU, V. Putvinskio st. 23

 

13:30-16:00

Mikoshi shrine carrying 

Mikoshi is a small wooden portable Shinto shrine that serves as a vehicle for the deities to be transported through the streets of the particular area. This way the community shows to the deity how the people live, pray for a good harvest (in spring), or give thanks for it (in autumn). The carrying process is very energetic and the whole community of that area gathers to celebrate.

This time you will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in an online broadcast with the Shinto shrine Bizen no Kuni Sojagu in Japan, whose deity will temporarily settle in the Mikoshi, and travel through the streets of Kaunas and get acquainted with the local community. We invite you to join and carry Mikoshi together!

Event starts at VMU, Putvinskio st. 23 and will continue through Unity Square, Daukanto st., Laisvės avenue and back the same route.

 

15:00-17:00

Haru Matsuri – Spring Celebration (the amount of activities will depend on the weather)

Japanese Kite Flying, Haiku reading, Tea ceremony, Japanese dog breed Akita inu convention, Kendo performance. Guests – Ukrainian community in Kaunas

Kaunas Confluence Park.

18:00

Festival Closing Concert

BLC, Belo Concert Hall (II floor), K. Donelaičio st. 62

With registration only by email: [email protected] REGISTRATION CLOSED.

 

Festival exhibitions shall be open April 25 – May 1

Lectures about Japanese culture will be held throughout the week by lecturers of the VMU center for Asian Studies. Follow the information on FB: Japonijos dienos Kaune WA, Azijos Studijų Centras, Kauno Švietimo Inovacijų Centras.

Embassy of Japan in Lithuania

Gifu Prefectural Government (Japan)

Yaotsu Town (Japan)

Hiratsuka Town (Japan)

VMU Centre for Asian studies

Kaunas City Municipality

Toyota

Kaunas – Japan Friendship Association

Toshiba International Foundation

Sugihara House Museum

The Historical Presidential Palace in Kaunas

Kaunas Puppet Theater

Teledema

Fotopro

Stuba

Kaunas Biennial

Gallery “Meno parkas”

Gallery “Balta”

Tokijyo Hanasaki

Gidayu Bushi

The Tokyo Club

Vilnius mixed choir “Sonoros”

Druskininkai City Museum

Kaunas Suzuki progymnasium

Kaunas J. Dobkevičius progymnasium

Kaunas Panemune primary school

Druskininkai Revival school

Kaunas Education Innovations Center (KEIC)

JSC Nuaras