Japanese Culture Days 2021


Schedule of Japanese Culture Days 2021

September 7th, 2021 (Tue)


     Avatar and Future Society – Starting at 11 a.m. we will host an online conference with our special guest, Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, the famous specialist in Robotics and AI. The event moderators will be Ana-Maria Stancu, a specialist in Robotics, and Alexandru Tăbușcă, Dean of the School of Computer Science for Business Management, Romanian-American University.
     Virtual Tour from Japan: Okinawa & Kyoto ExperienceFrom 6:00 p.m. the Romanian startup,  Japan by Myself, developed by Alina Deak and Alexandra Baranyi, will have the official launching. The moment will be marked by a one-hour virtual tour made by the local guides Robert Pitiș and Oana Dumitru in Kyoto and Okinawa. The event will be available on Center‘s Facebook page (Centrului de Studii Româno-Japoneze “Angela Hontru”).
     September 8th, 2021(Wed)
     Conference on Creation of Manga – Daichi Kawada, the popular manga artist in Japan, returns to Japanese Culture Days with a conference about the creative process of writing and drawing mangas. The event will take place online from 10 a.m. via Zoom.
     Japanmania: The High-interest for Japanese Pop-culture in RomaniaOur festival continues this evening from 6:00 p.m. with an online debate on Japanese Pop Culture and Animations from a Romanian perspective, but also on the ascending trend of their fandom in Romania. Our special guest will be Alice Teodorescu, specialized in Japanese Pop-Culture. The event will be moderated by Șerban Georgescu, the Director of the Department of Asian Studies within the Romanian-American University. 
     September 9th, 2021(Thu)
     Tea Ceremony – Starting at 10:00 a.m. Hyogo University’s Tea Ceremony Club, partner institution with the Romanian-American University, will organize a presentation on this refined Japanese practice, together with our Center’s Tea Ceremony Group. 
     Opening of the Origami Exhibition – From 5 p.m. at the Romanian-American University (Lobby C) will take place the opening of the Origami Exhibition. Here you will explore the shaped and the patterns of paper, all the artworks being signed by Alexandra Baranyi (Origami Friends). The exhibition will be open to the public until September 29th, 2021.
     Kimono Parade – From 6:00 p.m. at Romanian-American University (Lobby C) all the public interested in the Japanese fashion, but now only, can participate at the kimono parade entitled Mugen Spiralis Timp, signed by Laura Karaman. This is a special collection which combines the Romanian and Japanese cultures, recalling ancestors’ values.
     September 10th, 2021(Fri)
     Ikebana Workshop – Starting at 11:00 a.m. Nicoleta Oprișan (5 Senses), well-known ikebana artist in Japan, will organize an online workshop, where the participants can admire the arrangements made according to Sogetsu School’s style. During the event, two participants will have the opportunity to win a place in the next Ikebana course. 
     Aki Matsuri–The main event of the Japanese Culture Days will take place in Aula Magna, at Romanian-American University from 6:00 p.m. At the same time, we are celebrating the 16th anniversary of our Center. The special guest of this evening will be Rin Okuno, lead soloist at the Romanian National Opera, who will entertain us with a ballet performance.  
     The audience will also be delighted with Japanese traditional music concerts: at taiko (Japanese traditional drums) the Kodama Daiko band and Andrei Perciun at shakuhachi (Japanese flute).
     When it comes to art, this time martial art in particular, we will have a demonstration of Aikido (the way of peace and harmony), made by Dragoș-Christian Sîrb. Swords’ dance will be a call to always search for a peaceful way when solving any conflict.
     For those interested in J-pop but not only, the dance group Syzygy will perform a dance show on J-pop music.
     Cosmin Lupu (Days of Confusion) has prepared a special musical performance.
     As always, our anniversary event will be marked by the award ceremony of the best 10 students of our Center.