Autumn of Japanese Culture, at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara

All those who want to discover the secrets of the Japanese world are invited to participate, between October 30 and November 30, in the “Autumn of Japanese Culture at UPT”, a project that offers a unique opportunity to make a foray into the Japanese world, to explore and understand, in an authentic and creative way, this culture, a UPT press release sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday reads.

In this academic year, in which Timisoara became the European Capital of Culture, and at the same time the year in which the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the first building of the Timisoara Polytechnic School, the Polytechnic University decided to establish the Art and Technology Center for Collaboration with Japan, whose essential objective is to increase the connections between the Polytechnic University and Japan.

The new center, dubbed “Jutsu”, a term that can mean both art and technology, will bring the arts (and, by extension, the humanities) and technology (and, by extension, the exact sciences) into a dialogue designed to generate new ideas and reach new creative horizons. The objective of the center is to be, in this way, a hub for interdisciplinary initiatives, but also an umbrella open to all artistic, technical or scientific activities related to Japan, or carried out either in collaboration with academic or industry entities from Japan, or with their support.

After the launch of a new session of Japanese language and culture courses, this week, the “Jutsu” center announces a real Japanese cultural autumn at the Timisoara Polytechnic University, which also marks the inauguration of the center, but is also part of the Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2023 events.

The people of Timisoara appreciate Japanese culture a lot, as evidenced by the success beyond expectations enjoyed by the events organized by the Timisoara Polytechnic University (UPT) in recent years on this theme: Japanese language courses, kimono exhibitions, poetry recitals, film evenings, presentations on scholarships and study opportunities in Japan and more.

After the first Japanese language courses held by the former ambassador of Japan to Romania, Kanji Tsushima, the baton was taken over by Prof. Dr. Camelia Nakagawara, a Nipponologist with post-graduate studies at Columbia University (Teachers College) in New York and the University of Chicago (PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations) and with a long experience of research and teaching at the university level, both in Japan and in the USA.

The opening of the event takes place on Monday, with the opening of the exhibition of kimonos and origami, “Silk Waves, Paper Folds”. There will be many cultural events in the days to come, including the Kamishibai Theater: “Urashima Taro”, the Japanese version of the fairy tale “Youth without old age and life without death”, the presentation “Japan – Places and Landscapes” (a comparison between places in Japan and their representation in prints).

On Thursday at 18:00 the inauguration ceremony of the Art and Technology Center for Collaboration with Japan takes place, in the presence of His Excellency, Ambassador Hiroshi Ueda.