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December 18, 2014

Kobe Biennale 2015: Call for Applications for International Competitions

KOBE Biennale is a comprehensive art festival which has been held every two years since 2007, where diverse foreign cultures and art cultures come together to interact in the Port City, Kobe. Competitions in various categories and a wide variety of project exhibitions are held, making the best use of the beautiful locations with the historical background of the port.

The KOBE Biennale 2015 is calling for a broad range of artworks for the following four International Competitions:

- The “Art in a Container International Competition” using a shipping
container as an exhibition space http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/container/index.html

- The “SHITSURAI ART International Competition”, incorporating the Port of Kobe into artwork http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/shitsu/index.html

- The “Creative Toys International Competition”, using natural materials http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/toy/index.html

- The “Comic Illustration International Competition”, which is drawing attention from at home and abroad http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/comic/index.html

Application Period: September 19 - November 23, 2015.

December 15, 2014

Lejla Hodžić Winner of the Japan Foreign Trade Council Essay Competition

Ms. Lejla Hodžić, a 19-year-old student from BiH is one of the winners of the JFTC Essay Competition, sponsored by the Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC)* since 2005 to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

With her essay on the topic "Japan: Insight into World’s Future", Ms. Hodžić won the The Selection Committee Chair's Special Prize of 100,000 yen as well as a trip to the prize-giving ceremony in Japan.

*Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc (JFTC) was founded in June 1947 as a core private-sector organization in the area of international trade, with nationwide membership of private companies and organizations. Its direct antecedents comprised four trade promoting organizations which functioned in the early postwar years prior to the re-commencement of private trade. Following the dramatic changes in Japan’s economic and trade environments which began in the 1970s, JFTC was reorganized in June 1986 to take the form of a trade-industry association with trading companies and trading organizations as its core members.

Embassy of Japan in BiH extends its pleasure at the activities of the BiH students in the field of intellectual exchange between Japan and BiH, hoping they will serve as a strong and long-lasting bridge between our countries.

December 8, 2014

Ambassador of Japan Visits University of East Sarajevo

Mr. Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH and the representatives of the Culture and PR Section of the Embassy of Japan in BiH, together with Ms. Taida Jašarević, former MEXT grantee paid a visit to the Unversity of East Sarajevo on December 8.

Ambassador and the University management discussed possibilities to jointly enforce cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and BiH.

Ambassador Yamazaki held a brief introduction to the University students on the scholarship opportunities to study in Japan and encouraged student to pursue their education in Japan.

Representatives of the Culture and PR Section presented various scholarship programs annually offered by the Government of Japan to the citizens of BiH and provided details on the application process. All the participants received magazines on varios aspects of Japanese society and culture as well as brochures on the scholarship programs.

Ms. Taida Jašarević, former MEXT student spoke about her experience of studying and living in Japan. The presentation was followed by the Q&A session.

November 27, 2014

Japanese Emperor's Birthday Reception

A reception in honour of the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan was held in the Residence of the Ambassador of Japan to BiH, Mr. Hideo Yamazaki on Thursday, November 27.

A number of the government officials, foreign diplomats, Japan-BiH business people, representatives from the Japanese community, academics and people from the cultural community were in attendance.

"Following the spring protests, in May, BiH was hit by the worst floods in its 120 years recorded weather history. We all witnessed an unprecedented scale of economic loss and personal suffering. Japan was among the first to deliver emergency relief goods to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In flood affected area, I also witnessed the solidarity of citizens in BiH. It was an impressive moment when many citizens in Tesanj rushed to Doboj to help citizens over the entity line. I was very much encouraged to see the citizen’s strong solidarity and endurance.

In July, in the donor conference. Japan pledged 5 million EURO in aid for flood-affected areas. Some of you might remember my statements regarding BH government’s response to the natural disasters. This was somewhat overreacted by local media but my intention was to express the importance of compiling overall reconstruction plan with clear priorities and timeframe by government especially in case of severe natural disasters.

In August, Mr. Bunmei Ibuki, Speaker of the House of Representatives in Japan visited Sarajevo. This was the first visit of the Speaker of Japanese House of Representatives to Bosnia and Herzegovina which contributed to enhance the bilateral relations between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Now that the general election is over, as a member of PIC SB, I would like to encourage all party leaders in BiH to establish a new government as soon as possible and support the incoming government to tackle a list of obligations and reforms that have long been delayed.", said Ambassador Yamazaki in his opening speech.

November 1, 2014

Japanese Cuisine Presentation Held in Sarajevo

Japanese Cuisine Presentation was held on November 1 at Hotel Europe, Sarajevo.

The event was organized by the Embassy of Japan in BiH in cooperation with the Association Hanabi* and sponsored by the Hotel Europe and the ProEvent company Sarajevo.

In front of more than 100 participants, Mr. Samai Samarchun, Chef of Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH together with Mrs. Yamazaki presented preparation of several Japanese dishes that can be prepared using the locally available ingredients. After the presentation, the participants had the chance to taste the prepared food.

Meal receipes are available HERE.

Full video presentation is available HERE. (c)ProEvent

*Association Hanabi (Jp. - Fireworks) has been existing since 2012 as an informal association of Japanese culture afficionados ''Anime/Manga Fan Community Sarajevo''. In 2014, Hanabi was officially registered as an association with the purpose to  strengthen the friendship between the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the people of Japan through the promotion of Japanese culture and art.

Embassy of Japan in BiH hopes that this event has brought Japan and Japanese cuisine closer to the BiH citizens and opened the door for a better understanding and stregthening of friendship between our countries.

October 23, 2014

Japanese Culture Presentation at Elementary School 'Edhem Mulabdić' Sarajevo

Representatives of the Culture and PR Section visited elementary school 'Edhem Mulabdi'ć and presented various elements of Japanese culture to over 100 pupils and teachers.

Pupils had the chance to watch Japan Video Topics - short videos on Japanese traditional drums and school summer vacation in Japan, to sing a song in Japanese as well as to participate in an interesting quizz on different aspects of Japanese society and friendship between Japan and BiH.

October 16, 2014

The 5th Scholarship Fair at University of Sarajevo

Embassy of Japan took part in the Fifth Scholarship Fair organized by the University of Sarajevo in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation from Belgium, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and the portal stipendije.ba.

Representatives of the Culture and PR Section, Embassy of Japan presented various scholarship programs for study and research in Japan.

More than six thousand high school or university students, teachers and associates visited the fair and attendees had a chance to visit 29 stands of institutions (governmental and nongovernmental, diplomatic missions, local communities representatives, etc) awarding scholarships to BH citizens for studying in BiH and abroad.

October 11, 2014

14th International Judo Tournament "BiH&Nippon"

The 14th International Judo Tournament ''BiH & Nippon'' organized by the Judo Federation of FBiH and cosponsored by the Embassy of Japan in BiH took place on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00h at the Culture and Sports Center Vogošća, sports hall "Amel Bečković".

Around 450 competitors from BiH and Montenegro participated in this event. The best competitor was Toni Miletić from Judo club 'Bosna' who also won the traditional 'Sanshiro Sugata' trofy.

H.E. Ambassador Hideo Yamazaki opened the tournament and handed the medals to the best competitors.

Embassy of Japan hopes that this event will help citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to get to know more about Japan's traditional sports.

October 5, 2014

Renowned Japan's pianist Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming Performed in Sarajevo

Concert by a legendary Japanese pianist Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming, organized by Embassy of Japan in BiH, Sarajevo National Theatre and JTI – Japan Tobacco International, took place on Sunday, October 5 at Sarajevo National Theatre.
Entrance was free of charge.

"Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming has managed to add another dimension to the classical music pieces she performs, colouring them with her emotions, her soul and strong determination. Indeed, Ingrid F. Hemming embodies the spirit of the Japanese people and people of BiH. This is a gift from the people of Japan to the citizens of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with hope to strengthen the spirit of the people recovering from the recent natural disasters and rebuilding their homes, and their lives. This concert is also a gift with hope to support the spirit of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, struggling to recover the economy of this country, and the entire society," said Ambassador Yamazaki in his opening speech.

The audience was enlightened by her interpretation of famous works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy and Liszt, and rewarded her performance with standing ovations and applauses. After the concert, Ms. Hemming socialised with the audience, and stressed that she liked their cordiality and reaction to her performance.

Embassy of Japan pays special thanks to the Sarajevo National Theatre and Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Sarajevo Canton, hoping that this concert will also serve to strengthen the cultural institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Embassy of Japan also pays special thanks to the company JTI – Japan Tobacco International, Sarajevo Office, for recognizing the importance of cultural exchange between our countries and continuously supporting Japanese cultural events in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

September 25, 2014

Orientation Day for Japanese Language Course

The Orientation Day for the Japanese language course applicants took place on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Amphitheater of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sarajevo, with the attendance of H.E. Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH; Prof. Dr. Ugo Vlaisavljević, Vice Rector for International Cooperation, University of Sarajevo; Prof. Dr. Selma Filipović, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sarajevo and the course teacher, Mrs. Yukari HILL.

H.E. Hideo Yamazaki expressed great pleasure that the project is entering its 2nd year and a hope that Japanese language course will serve as a platform to establish the Japanese studies department at the University of Sarajevo. He also shared the aim to establish JLPT, Japanese-Language Proficiency Test program in Sarajevo.

"At our University, we consider this project, launched by the Japanese embassy last year, to be of high importance for the development of our international cooperation. The students who spent one academic year learning Japanese language talk delightfully about their learning experience, their cultural enrichment, and passionate enthusiasm to go further in developing their skills and knowledge. On this occasion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to his excellence Mr. Hideo Yamazaki for his continued support for this project as well as to Mrs. Yukari Hill whose great teaching performance and dedication fascinated the students", said Prof. Dr. Ugo Vlaisavljević.

Mrs. Hill expressed hope that the Japanese language course graduates will serve as strong links between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


*The University of Sarajevo organizes Japanese language course, taught by a native Japanese language speaker in the 2014/15 academic year as well, expanding to include the basic and intermediate level classes. For the second consecutive year, the course is offered to the citizens of BiH in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in BiH and with the support of the Japan Foundation. Certificates will be issued upon completion of the course, in June 2015.

September 17, 2014

Ambassador YAMAZAKI congratulated the parents of Marin Cilic concerning winning of U.S. OPEN tennis tournaments

On 17 September 2014, Ambassador Yamazaki visited the parents of Marin Cilic, who recently won the prestigious tennis tournament, U.S. Open, and gave them the most sincere congratulations on this great success.

July 15, 2014

The Embassy Website Has Just Been Renewed

Our Embassy’s website has just been renewed.

We will make our best effort to make the contents more visible and to timely update them.We hope that more readers will come to visit our website.

Your frank opinion and remarks are welcome.

July 5, 2014

The Road to World Peace Concert

As June 2014 marks the 100 years of the start of the World War I, and the year 2015 marking the 70 years of the end of the World War II, the Road to World Peace Concert project was established by the Balkan Chamber Orchestra.

The Balkan Chamber Orchestra was established by Japanese conductor Toshio YANAGISAWA in 2007, in hope of enhancing inter-ethnic co-prosperity in the Balkan. The Orchestra has performed a number of concerts including the outdoor Beethoven's 9th Symphony performance (Flashmob) at Shinjuku Station East Gate Moa 4th street, Tokyo on August 11, 2013.

The Road to World Peace Concert had a finale concert in Sarajevo on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 19:00, at the Sarajevo National Theatre, also opening the Bascharshija Nights Festival. Entrance was free.

The concert is a collaboration of the Balkan Chamber Orchestra, a blind pianist Takeshi KAKEHASHI (Japan) - a 2nd prize winner of the Long-Thibaud Crespin Competition, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Sarajevo National Theatre Opera Soloist and Choir, also welcoming Japanese music lovers for the choir including one of the most famous Japanese actresses - Yoko AKINO as a choir member. A singing voice started in front of the Shinjuku Station, Tokyo will also be included in the performance.

Embassy of Japan in BiH hopes this concert will contribute to the strengthening of friendship between the people of Japan and the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and contribute to the world peace.

Program

 

July 2,2014

Japanese Language Course 2014/15

Embassy of Japan has the pleasure to announce that Japanese language course, taught by a native Japanese language speaker will be offered to the citizens of BiH in 2014/2015 academic year.

The course is organized by the University of Sarajevo in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in BiH and with the support of the Japan Foundation.

Application deadline is Friday, September 21 (the deadline has been extended).

More information as well as the application form are available on University of Sarajevo website.

June 27, 2014

Japanese Language Course 2013/14 - Certificate Presentation Ceremony at University of Sarajevo

Certificate presentation ceremony for the 1st generation of the graduate students of the Japanese language course, organized in the academic 2013/14, by the University of Sarajevo in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in BiH and with the support of the Japan Foundation took place on Friday, June 27 at the Senate Hall, Rectorate.

The ceremony was opened by H.E. Mr. Hideo YAMAZAKI, Ambassador of Japan to BiH and Prof. Dr.Ugo VLAISAVLJEVIĆ,Vice Rector for International Cooperation, University of Sarajevo with the attendance of Prof. Dr. Muharem AVDISPAHIĆ, Rector of the University of Sarajevo, representatives of the Culture and PR Section - Embassy of Japan, Vice Deans for International Cooperation of the University of Sarajevo and Mrs. Yukari HILL, Japanese language instructor.

Rector, Prof. Dr. Muharem Avdispahić handed certificates to the 22 course graduates.

"I would like to pay special thanks to the University of Sarajevo for recognizing the value of this project and for their great cooperation and efforts invested into realization of this course. I would also like to pay thanks to Mrs. Hill, the course teacher, for her enthusiasm to teach students and her great desire to establish Japanese language course in Sarajevo.

As you already know, dear graduates, this is a very beginning of studying Japanese language. It will take few more years to complete the Japanese language studies and I sincerely hope you will not give up studying Japanese, but continue investing your great talent and potential to serve as a strong and lasting bridge between our countries.

I am strongly convinced that you will play a great role in cultural exchange between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina; also, knowledge of Japanese language will enrich your life.  And do remember that Embassy of Japan in BiH is always ready to support your study. So, on behalf of the Embassy of Japan, I wish you the best of luck in continuing studying Japanese.", said Ambassador Yamazaki.

 

June 25, 2014

Mostar Summer Youth Programme 2014 - Japanese Culture Day

Mostar Summer Youth Programme 2014 featuring various educational events, classes and workshops held by the teachers from the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, took place June 23 - July 4 at the United World College Mostar.

The project included thematic discussion-based courses in English and BCS, Japanese culture presentation, workshops on career development opportunities, social opportunities including games, sports, contests, slam poetry and mural painting as well as volunteering opportunities in the Mostar community.

Japanese Culture Day, supported by Embassy of Japan in BiH, presented various dimensions of Japanese culture through traditional Japanese music, exhibition of dolls, posters, Japanese food samples, traditional Japanese wearing, distribution of various educational magazines on Japan as well as Japanese calligraphy, origami, glass-painting and haiku poetry workshops.

 

June 7, 2014

Participation in 11th Kid's Festival

The 11th Kid's Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina took place in Sarajevo - Zetra (Olympic centre Juan Antonio Samaranch) with thousands of children from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina participating in this youth event.

For the 6th consecutive year, Embassy of Japan, together with the Anime/Manga Fan Community Sarajevo, took part in International Fair with workshops, exhibitions, entertainment and booths of many Embassies and other domestic and international organizations.

As every year, Embassy of Japan was entertaining and teaching children from BiH about traditional Japanese culture, such as calligraphy, origami and popular Japanese toys.

By visiting Japan Embassy’s colourful booth, children had a chance to wear traditional Japanese costumes, have their name written in Japanese calligraphy, learn Japanese words as well as to receive various interesting gifts.

Embassy of Japan hopes that this and similar promotions of Japanese culture will contribute to strengthening of the friendly relations between Japan and BiH.

 

May 30 - June 9, 2014

Photography Exhibition "Kumamoto Art Polis: Architecture Through Communication" in Sarajevo

Embassy of Japan in BiH organizes photography exhibition ‘’Kumamoto Art Polis: Architecture Through Communication’’ at the City Gallery Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo.

Opening of the exhibition will take place on May 30, at 18:00h. H.E. Hideo YAMAZAKI, Ambassador of Japan to BiH will open the event.

 The exhibition runs until June 9. Entrance is free.

‘’Kumamoto Art Polis: Architecture Through Communication’’ documents the revolutionary architectural movement in Japan to which local architects were deployed to reconstruct not only public buildings but also various private institutions – police stations, public toilets, municipal housing estates, bridges, high schools, country markets, museums, etc., taking an artistic, creative approach.

Initiated by the governor Morihiro HOSOKAWA (1983-1991), who believed that culture is ultimately the only legacy of government, the project represented a fusion of the ‘new architecture’ and the regional art and history, serving to create ‘new culture’ and contribute to the development of an attractive region.

From left to right:  Kouda Akebono Nursery; Saisyukan Lady’s Residence; Reihoku Community Hall

May 21-23, 2014

Presentations of MEXT Scholarship Programs for 2015

The Government of Japan offers 4 different scholarship programs to students from BiH who wish to study at Japanese universities under the MEXT (Ministry of Education and Science) Scholarship Programme. The application deadline is 17:00, Friday, June 6, 2014.

Presentations of the scholarship programs, followed by Q&A sessions, will take place as follows:  

May 21 at 18:00h - University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Technology -- Classroom 1. Presentation will be given by Mrs. Suzana Gotovac Atlagić – former MEXT scholarship grantee, lecturer at the University of Banja Luka.

May 23 at 12:00h - University of Sarajevo, Rectorate -- Senate Hall. Presentation will be given by the representatives of the Culture and PR Section and a former MEXT scholarship grantee.

Since 1996, more than 30 students from BiH have visited Japan and gained their education through MEXT scholarship programme. More detailed information on the scholarship programs can be found on http://www.bosnia.emb-japan.go.jp/EN/CultureScholarships.html.

May 13-28, 2014

Photography Exhibition "Kumamoto Art Polis: Architecture Through Communication" and Japanese Film Screenings in Zenica

Embassy of Japan in BiH and the Zenica City Museum organize photography exhibition and Japanese film screenings at Zenica City Museum.

Photography exhibition ‘’Kumamoto Art Polis: Architecture Through Communication’’ opens on May 13 at 19:30, at the Synagogue, Zenica City Museum.
The exhibition runs until May 28. Entrance is free.

The exhibition documents the architectural movement in Japan to which local architects were deployed to reconstruct not only public buildings but also various private institutions, taking an artistic and creative approach. Initiated by the governor Morihiro HOSOKAWA (1983-1991), the project represented a fusion of the ‘new architecture’ and the regional art and history, serving to create ‘new culture’ and contribute to the development of an attractive region.

Japanese Films

1. ‘’Always – Sunset on Third Street 3’’,  (2012)

2.  ‘’Robo-G’’, (2011)

3. ‘’Brave Story’’, anime (2006)

will be daily screened during the exhibition duration (May 13 - May 28), including the Night of Museums in Zenica on May 17.

Films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Entrance is free.

May 7, 2014

Kumihimo Lectures & Workshops in Sarajevo

Embassy of Japan in BiH in cooperation with Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo organizes the lectures and workshops on Kumihimo* the traditional Japanese craft of braiding cords using braiding stands.

The lecture & workshops will be held by the renowned Japanese master-artist Ms. Hoko TOKORO, translated from Japanese to BCS.

Entrance is free of charge.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 7 at the Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo, according to the following schedule:

Lecture & Workshop - for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo at 14:00h

Lecture & Workshop - public (max. 32 persons) at 17:30h.  Due to the limited capacity, all interested in participating in the public event need to apply by sending an email to the following e-mail address: embassyofjapan.culture@sx.mofa.go.jp, by May 6, at the latest. The first 32 applicants will be notified via e-mail.

*Kumihimo
Cords are usually made of silk. In former times, clothes were worn loosely and fastened with belts and braided cords. Later, they were also used to tie together a samurai warrior’s traditional armour, on swords as well as for the tea ceremony and furniture or household goods.

More information on the Kumihimo can be found on the following link: http://homepage3.nifty.com/hoko/en.html.

April 15, 2014

The 8th International MANGA Award

On March 27, 2014, the Eighth International MANGA Award Executive Committee (Chairman: Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs) was held and the committee formally decided to hold the Eighth International MANGA Award.

The Award’s entry acceptance information is as follows:

(1) Application deadline: May 31, 2014

(2) Applications should arrive by post at the Embassy of Japan in BiH (Bistrik 9, 71 000 Sarajevo) or at the post office box of the Eighth International MANGA Award by May 31, at the latest. Please indicate 'Application for 8th International Manga Award' on your envelope.

The MANGA judged the best among all the submitted works will be awarded the Gold Award, while the next three shall receive the Silver Awards. The recipients will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation to attend the award ceremony. During their stay in Japan, they will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Japanese MANGA creators, visit publishing companies and make an excursion to local sites.

The International MANGA Award was established in May 2007 upon the initiative of then Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Taro Aso with the aim of rewarding MANGA creators who contribute to the spread of MANGA culture overseas and international cultural exchange through MANGA. The award has been held every year since its establishment.

Application Guidelines

Entry Form

http://www.manga-award.jp/

 

March 11, 2014

Lecture on Japan's Social and Economical Development at International University of Sarajevo

On March 11, Mr. Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH held a lecture titled ''A Survery on Japan's Social and Economical Development'' before approximately 100 students of the International University of Sarajevo.

The lecture touched upon Japanese society and culture as well as Japan's post-war economic success and bilateral relations between Japan and BiH.

The lecture was followed by a fruitful Q&A session, further discussing Japan's foreign policy and international relations.

The participants received educational magazines Niponica featuring Japan's environmental initiatives and their cultural background as well as Japan's flair for quality, promoting safety and peace of mind in the fields of manufacturing, distribution, food production, the retail industry and medical treatment.

 

February 28, 2014

Former Scholarship Students Reunion

The former scholarship students reunion was held on February 28th at the Residence of Ambassador of Japan to BiH.

Some former JICA trainees also joined the event, as well as two MEXT scholarship grantees who will start their studies in Japan, in April 2014.

The guests enjoyed Japanese food and shared their experiences from Japan as well as their life since the return home.

February 19-25, 2014

Japanese Film Week 2014

Embassy of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this year’s winner of the Sarajevo Winter Snowflake Award in the film category, organizes Japanese Film Week 2014 in the cinema Meeting Point, continuing the tradition of a successful cooperation with the International Sarajevo Winter Festival, the Japan Foundation and the cinema Meeting Point, Sarajevo.

The film week lasts February 19-25, all films are screened at 18:00h and the entrance for all screenings is FREE OF CHARGE. The films are shown on 35 mm projector, with BiH and English subtitles.

The film week opens with the film ‘’A Band of Assassins’’ (1962), which is followed by its continuation ‘’Return of the Band of Assassins’’ (1963). ‘’Brave Records of the Sanada Clan’’ (1963) is the third film, followed by ‘’Revenge of a Kabuki Actor’’ (1963), ‘’Samuray Vagabond’’ (1964) and ‘’Samuray Spy’’ (1965). The film which closes the Japanese Film Week 2014 is animation film ‘’Cyborg 009’’ (1980).

One thing which is part of the secret of old time is the presence of “ninja”, also well know outside of Japan. They were not merely assigned secret missions and collecting information, but they also served as “highly trained Secret Forces” who would thoroughly follow the strict division of their roles to accomplish their mission as a group, all the while each one would act their best performance as an individual. Ninja would train their body and mind in groups. The tradition of ninja, presenting their individual strictness and the accomplishment in group missions, is described not only in manga but also in animations; it surpasses the boundary of entertainment and reaches the realm of philosophy.

Japanese Film Week 2014 features films which reflect the pursuit of skilled metamorphosis, technique and restraint. What a metamorphosis in an extreme situation means to Japanese people as well as the teamwork to achieve a common goal is now to be discovered.

Embassy of Japan in BiH is pleased to continue the tradition of a successful cooperation with the International Sarajevo Winter Festival and the cinema Meeting Point and hopes that this event will help to open up the opportunities for the citizens of BiH to learn more about the people and culture of Japan.

Screening Schedule & Film Synopsis

February 13, 2014

Concert to Celebrate Donation of New Instruments from the Government of Japan to the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra

Concert marking the donation of the new instruments from the Government of Japan and celebration of friendship between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 20:00h, at Sarajevo National Theatre.

Through its Cultural Grant Assistance, the Government of Japan has provided a grant aid for the procurement of 73 hand-made musical instruments for the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra with up to ¥44,000,000 or, approximately 765.000 KM.

"Through our assistance, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, consisting of multiethnic players,  will not only improve the quality of their performance as professional orchestra of Bosnia and Herzegovina,  but will also contribute  to the creation of ethnic harmony and peace through music.’’
H.E. Mr. Hideo YAMAZAKI, Ambassador of Japan to BiH

Contributing to the concert which is conducted by Maestro Toshio YANAGISAWA (Japan) with a solo performance of the young BiH flutist, Ms. Hanan HADŽAJLIĆ and the celebration of the friendship between the people of Japan and the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the exhibition of photographs by Shinji ITO (Japan) shows drawings and messages of support, love and hope which the children of BiH sent to the children of Japan, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and a tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.  These gifts reached Japan and put a smile on so many children’s faces, as shown on the photographs.

With great pleasure, and with the sincere hope to continue creating beautiful stories between our peoples and countries, the Embassy of Japan in BiH, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sarajevo National Theatre wish for all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to feel the message of peace, respect and friendship through this concert.

Entrance is free of charge!

Photo: Almin Zrno; Design: Anes Šehić

January 21, 2014

Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition

The opening of the exhibition of Japanese calligraphy will take place on Tuesday, January 21, in the hall of School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo (Trg Oslobođenja - Alija Izetbegović 1), at 19:00h.

The exhibition features calligraphy works of the students of Japanese language course which was organized by the University of Sarajevo in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in BiH and Japan Foundation, in the academic year 2013/14. The exhibition is also supported by JTI – Japan Tobacco International in BiH.

The opening schedule will take place as follows:

1. Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo; Gerarde Grisey – ''Charme'', solo clarinet, performed by Branko Mlikota (4th year, mentor – professor Vedran Tuce)

2. Speech by the representative of the University of Sarajevo

3. Speech by the representative of the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo

4. Speech by H.E. Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH, who will hand the awards for the best works

5. Speech by the winner of the contest

The exhibition is open for public and runs January 21 – 27, 2014.

*Within the calligraphy competition organized among the Japanese language course students, each student selected one Japanese word related to the theme of the contest – the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Together with the word written in Japanese calligraphy, there is a translation and brief explanation in local language.

**Shodō – Japanese calligraphy is the art of drawing characters with a brush and ink to express spiritual depth and beauty and has a great significance in Japanese society.

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Submission Deadline:September 9, 2016 at 24:00 (JST)

Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC) is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2016 to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC) was founded in June 1947 as a core private-sector organization in the area of international trade, with nationwide membership of private companies and organizations. Its direct antecedents comprised four trade promoting organizations which functioned in the early postwar years prior to the re-commencement of private trade.

Essay Topic:

Searching for a New Initiative in Global Trade and the Role of Japanese Companies.”

Requirements:

  • Anyone can apply for the essay competition, regardless of nationality or age.
  • Language    : English (4,000words) or Japanese (10,000characters). Each essay MUST BE accompanied by an essay summary of no more than 400words in English/ 1,000 Japanese characters.* One diagram or chart is counted as 200 words. If the number of the words, including diagram or charts, is less than half of 4,000 words or more than the limitation, such work could be disqualified.

Prizes:

  • One Grand Prize of ¥1,000,000
  • Three Prizes for Excellence of ¥200,000 each
  • The award winners from abroad will be provided with a round-trip air ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 5, 2017.

Submission:

  • Essays must be submitted in the specified format sheet downloaded from the JFTC website. Unless both essay title and summary are presented, such application shall be deemed incomplete and will NOT be evaluated.
  • All submissions must be original and should be submitted with an entry form completely filled out.
  • When you indicate sources cited, please put them concisely. Submitted work will not be returned.
  • Essays developed by teams will be accepted under the name of the representative of the team. Please be noted that when an essay developed by a team were awarded, only the representative of the team would be invited. When the result of the evaluation is announced, the name of the team is publicized.

Please send us your constructive suggestions from a global viewpoint based on innovative ideas for a new meaning of “global trade and the role of Japanese companies” which would enable sustained prosperity in the world.

Judges

ChairMr. Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, IAA
Vice ChairMs. Kaori Iida, Senior Editor, Economic News Division, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Vice ChairDr. Keiichiro Kobayashi, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Selection:

  • Award winners will be publicly announced on December 9, 2016.
  • The award winners from abroad will be provided with a round trip air ticket to Tokyo, Japan to attend the award ceremony to be held on January 5, 2017.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Japan Foreign Trade Council (JFTC) Essay Competition 2016 

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