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November 15, 2013

Presentation of Hina-sama Dolls at Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo

On Friday, November 15, Ms. Kakuko KOTAKA, Head of Culture and PR Department at the Embassy of Japan in BiH held a lecture and demonstration of the setting up of the traditional Hina-sama* doll set for the 3rd and 4th year students of the Product Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo.

Following the screening of short videos on the traditional Japanese dolls as well as on the contemporary methods of the use of plastic for shaping various objects, the lecture focused on the Japanese culture of dolls, the socio-historical background as well as the Hina-sama doll crafting. After the lecture, the students had an oportunity to set up the traditional Hina-sama doll set and to ask relevant questions.

*Hina-sama - these dolls are traditionally displayed on the occasion of Hinamatsuri - Girls' Day, on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794-1185 AD), where the word Heian stands for peace and tranquility.

October 14, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - "Sanbaso" - Bunraku Theater Puppet Performance

(c) Paul Baila, Sibiu International Theater Festival 2013

The Japanese Culture Month 2013 closes with a traditional Japanese puppet performance ''Sanbaso'' which will take place on October 14, 2013 at 19:00h, at the Sarajevo Youth Theatre. The performance is for all age groups.

Traditional Japanese puppet theater – Bunraku, where each puppet is handled by male puppeteer(s), was very popular among the common people in Japan in the Edo era (1603 - 1868) and still represents one of the most significant traditional performing arts in Japan. The puppet performance ''Sanbaso'' belongs to the Otome Bunraku  (girl bunraku), where puppets are handled by female pupeteer(s). 

The performance is held in Japanese with a consequtive translation to BCS.

Entrance is free of charge!

The number of seats is limited. RSVP: embassyofjapan.culture@sx.mofa.go.jp

October 12, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - The 13th International Judo Tournament "BiH & NIPPON"

The 13th International Judo Tournament ''BiH & Nippon'' organized by the Judo Federation of FBiH and cosponsored by Embassy of Japan in BiH will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00h at the Culture and Sports Center Vogošća, sports hall "Amel Bečković".

40 Judo clubs from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with around 600 competitors are expected to participate.

H.E. Hideo Yamazaki will open the event and hand the medals to the best competitors as well as small gifts such as Japanese notebooks, pens, etc.

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 12, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Japanese Film Makers After 1960 & "Double Suicide"

(c)1969 Hyogensha/ATG

An introductory public lecture on the Japanese cinematography of the post-1960 period and its socio-political background titled ''Doomed Freedom: Japanese Film Makers After 1960'' at the Academy of Performing Arts (Open Stage Obala), Sarajevo has been postponed for Saturday, October 12, at 17:00h. The lecture will be held by the film director Faruk Lončarević, Film History Teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts, University of Sarajevo.

The lecture is followed by the screening of the film of the same period Double Suicide (1969) on 16mm projector.

The lecture is held in English. The film is shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Film Synopsis

Entrance is free of charge!

Embassy of Japan takes great pleasure in continuing a sucessful cooperation with the Academy of Performing Arts, Sarajevo in bringing Japanese traditional and contemporary art and culture closer to the BiH citizens.

NOTE: Due to the sports event which will take place on Friday, October 11, this event (initially planned for October 11) has been postponed for Saturday, October 12 so that a greater number of people can have the opportunity to get to know more about the Japanese cinema. Embassy of Japan in BiH wishes the best of luck to the BiH national team on Friday!

October 3, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Anime Screening & Manga Exhibition

© 2005 Sakura Motion Picture Co., Ltd./ Kihachiro Kawamoto New Animation Committee

The screening of the Anime ''The Book of the Dead'' and the exhibition of the best Manga works titled ''Ancient Japan'' from the Manga contest organized among the members of the Anime/Manga Fan Community Sarajevo will take place on Thursday, October 3, at 19:30h, at the cinema Meeting Point.

H.E. Ambassador Hideo YAMAZAKI will open the event and hand the awards for the best Manga works.

Film is shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Entrance is free of charge!

Film Synopsis

Socio-Historical Background: ''The Book of the Dead'' is a stop motion puppet animation film based on the story of anthropologist Origuchi SHINOBU. It was a time period when Buddhism was being introduced to Japan and many of the nobles held an interest in this new way of thought. Creator Kawamoto KIHACHIRO felt very passionate about making the film. As he believes that the modern world is in a state of chaos, he wanted to "express his wishes about relieving those dead people's souls from this world chaos using the original Japanese Buddhist teachings of relieving suffering."

Director: Kawamoto KIHACHIRO became interested in stop motion puppet animation after seeing the works of the famous Czech animator Jiri Trnka. Much of Kawamoto's work is influenced by Japanese Noh, Bunraku and Kabuki theater.

Puppet Stop Motion Animation: Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make physically manipulated puppets appear to move on their own. The puppets are moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.

Anime/Manga Community Sarajevo is an aspiring association that connects people who share similar interests and passion for Japanese culture and as such it actively promotes Japan and Japanese culture in Sarajevo. The exhibition ''Ancient Japan'' is the first public event that as a goal has the promotion of Japan and affirmation of young artists in sharing their views on Japan's rich history.  Anime/Manga Fan Community Facebook Page.

Embassy of Japan in BiH hopes this event will help to open up the opportunities for BiH citizens to know about contemporary artists and art techniques depicting Japan's history and tradition and will promote young BiH artists and their visions of Japan as well.

September 29, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Judo Demonstration

As part of the Japanese Culture Month, Embassy of Japan in BiH in cooperation with the Judo Federation of FBiH organizes Judo demonstration on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the hall of Importanne Center, lasting 13:00h - 15:00h.

Event will opened by Ms. Kakuko KOTAKA, the newly arrived Head of Culture and PR Section of the Embassy of Japan in BiH, followed by an introduction on the Judo sport by Mr. Avdo Bešić, instructor from the Judo club ''Bosna''.

Participants in the demonstration will be juniors from the the Judo club ''Bosna'' with the instructors Mr. Haris Ruždić and Ms. Sabaheta Hodžić.

Visitors are welcome to join the demonstrators on the tatamies and learn some Judo moves.

Embassy of Japan pays special thanks to the Judo Federation of FBiH and Judo club ''Bosna'' with hope that this event will help citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn about Japan's traditional sports.

September 28, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - "Gocoo" - Traditional Japanese Drum Orchestra

© Beacon Productions Inc., Arei Komatsubara

The concert of traditional Japanese drum ensemble "Gocoo", organized by the Embassy of Japan in BiH and JTI - Japan Tobacco International, Sarajevo will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 20:00h, at BKC/Bosnian Cultural Center, Sarajevo.

The band consists of 11 musicians playing 40 traditional Japanese Taiko drums. In addition, a special guest member will join the concert in Sarajevo, who plays instruments that include the Aboriginal Didgeridoo, Japanese flute and mouth harp.

“Our music is almost completely created with the sound of the Japanese Taiko drums and with this sound we want to create stories and arouse feelings in our audience’s hearts and minds. There are pieces that make our audience want to dance to the rhythm and there are pieces that express a deeper meaning, deeper than words can express, a message we want to give to the audience. We expect our audience to feel love, peace, hope and joy through our music. With our music we want to build a bridge between our different languages and cultures. We want to connect to the hearts of our audience.”

Entrance is free of charge!

Embassy of Japan in BiH pays special thanks to the company JTI, with hope that this concert will bring Japanese culture closer to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

September 26, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Japanese Language Course Orientation Day

The Orientation Day for the Japanese language course applicants will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 18:00h, at the Amphitheater of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Zmaja od Bosne 90).

H.E. Ambassador of Japan to BiH, Hideo YAMAZAKI will open the event with the representatives of the University of Sarajevo, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the course teacher, Mrs. Yukari HILL.

Please note that the orientation day is held only for the applicants who submitted their application by the application deadline.

Embassy of Japan in BiH pays special thanks to the University of Sarajevo, with hope that Japanese language course will serve as a strong and long-lasting bridge between Japan and BiH.

September 24, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Japanese Culture Night in Zenica

Embassy of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in co-operation with the Zenica City Museum, organizes Japanese Culture Night in  Zenica, consisting of an exhibition of traditional Japanese dolls which includes Hina-sama dolls* and 12 sets of dolls, each depicting a month of the year.

Dr. Smajil Durmišević, associate professor at the University of Zenica, who won 2nd place at the 16th International Mainichi Haiku Contest 2012, will read parts of his Haiku poetry, followed by a screening of the film Fall Guy** (1982) on the 16mm film projector.

The event lasts 19:00h-22:00h, Tuesday, September 24, at the Zenica City Museum. Entrance is free of charge.

Embassy of Japan in BiH pays special thanks to the Zenica City Museum, hoping that this event will help to open up the opportunities for the citizens of Zenica to learn more about the people and culture of Japan.

* Hina-sama - these dolls are traditionally displayed on the occasion of Hinamatsuri - Girls' Day, on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794-1185 AD), where the word Heian stands for peace and tranquility.  

** Fall Guy is shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Film synopsis is available here.

September 23-24, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Japanese Culture Day in Bugojno

On Monday, September 23, 2013, the Embassy of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina will once again open the event VII Bugojansko lutkarsko bijenale organized by the Culture and Sports Centre Bugojno.

In co-organization with the Culture and Sports Centre Bugojno, the Embassy participates with a two-day exhibition of Hina-sama dolls*, Koinobori flags**, Yukata & Geta wearing set*** , 12 sets of dolls, each depicting a month of the year as well as screenings of videos about Japan's traditional festivals.

The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for September 23, 15:45h,  at the Culture and Sports Centre Bugojno.  

The exhibition runs September 23, 15:45h – September 24, 12:00h.  Entrance is free of charge.

Embassy of Japan in BiH takes great pleasure in continuing a succesfull cooperation with the Culture and Sports Centre Bugojno, with hope that this event will help to open up the opportunities for the citizens of Bugojno to learn more about the people and culture of Japan.

* Hina-sama - these dolls are traditionally displayed on the occasion of Hinamatsuri - Girls' Day, on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls in  traditional court dress of the Heian period (794-1185 AD), where the word Heian stands for peace and tranquillity.  

**Koinobori - carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown to celebrate Tango No Sekku - Boy's day, on May 5. In Japan, carp is considered a fish full of energy and power and stands for success in life.

***Yukata & Geta - Yukata is a kimono worn usually in the  summertime, traditionally worn with wooden clogs – Geta.

September 18, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - Contemporary Japanese Interior & Sushi

Public lecture on contemporary Japanese interior design named ''Poetics of Contemporary Japanese Interior'' will take place on  Wednesday, September 18 at 19:00h, at Bela Vida Gallery (Importanne center, Sarajevo), along with the ongoing exhibition ''Kingdom of Dolls''. 

The lecture will be  held  by Dr. Nermina Zagora, senior teaching assistant at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo who has performed research in Japan in the field of architecture through Intellectual Exchange Program, annually offered by the Japan Foundation.

The lecture is followed by the now traditional sushi-making demonstration by Darko Poljak, owner of the restaurant Sushi-san and a sushi-tasting reception.

NOTE: Lecture and demonstration will be held in BCS language.

Embassy of Japan in BiH pays special thanks to the Sony Co, BiH Office for the support of this event.

Entrance is free of charge!

September 12, 2013

Japanese Culture Month - "Kingdom of Dolls"

Japanese Culture Month opens with an exhibition of traditional Japanese dolls* ''Kingdom of Dolls'', on Thursday, September 12, at Bela Vida Gallery (Importanne center, Sarajevo).

Exhibition Running Period:
September 13 – October 14, Bela Vida Gallery
Mon-Sat, 09:00h-20:00h & Sun,11:00h-18:00h

Entrance is free of charge!

* Japanese dolls are characterized by their serene facial expressions, each doll having its own distinct meaning and purpose, and is deeply connected to daily life. These delicate expressions are achieved by carefully sculpting the outer layer which covers the dolls’ faces. The dolls’ beautiful colors show the richness of ancient costume and pageantry.

Old Japanese traditions such as Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Festival) have fostered this unique culture of dolls. Familiar  themes from Noh and Kabuki drama have also been incorporated into the culture of dolls.This traditional appreciation for dolls has resulted in the belief that dolls are not only children’s toys but also works of art to be displayed and admired

The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of Japan in BiH in cooperation with the Japan Foundation. We sincerely wish for the citizens of BiH to enjoy the beauty and serenity of these dolls and take away a piece of this beauty in your heart.

September 2, 2013

Japanese Culture Month

Japanese Culture Month will take place between September 12 - October 14, 2013, consisting of various educational, cultural and sports events organized throughout the country including a traditional Japanese doll exhibition, Japanese puppet performance, traditional Japanese drum concert, 16mm film screenings, Anime screening, Manga exhibition, launching of Japanese language course.

The project opens with the exhibition of traditional Japanese dolls ‘’Kingdom of Dolls’’ on Thursday, September 12 at 20:00h, at Bela Vida Gallery (Importanne Center, Sarajevo).

The program schedule is as follows:

Traditional Japanese Doll Exhibition ‘’Kingdom of Dolls’’

September 13 – October 14, Bela Vida Gallery

Mon-Sat 09:00h-20:00h & Sun 11:00h-18:00h

Public Lecture on Japanese Interior Design with Sushi Demonstration & Tasting -   September 18, 19:00h, Bela Vida Gallery

European Judo Championship (Juniors) -   September 20-22, 10:00h, Zetra, Sarajevo

Japanese Culture Day in Bugojno -  September 23, 15:45h, KSC  Bugojno/Bugojno Cultural&Sports Center

Japanese Culture Night in Zenica - September 24, 19:00h, Muzej grada Zenice/Zenica City Museum

Traditional Japanese Drum Concert  ''Gocoo''  -  September 28, 20:00h, BKC/Bosnian Cultural Center, Sarajevo

Judo Demonstration -  September 29, 13:00h, Hall of Importanne Center, Sarajevo

Launching of Japanese Language Course - October 1, 17:00h, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sarajevo

Manga Exhibition ''Ancient Japan'' & Anime Screening ''The Book of the Dead'' - October 3, 19:30h, Cinema Meeting Point, Sarajevo

*Manga Exhibition ''Ancient Japan'' represents a selection of best works from the art contest organized among the members of Anime/Manga Fan Community Sarajevo. 

Public Lecture on Japanese Cinema & 16mm Film Screening ''Double Suicide’’- October 12, 17:00h, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Sarajevo

Judo Tournament  ''BiH & Nippon'' - October 12, 10:00h, KSC Vogošća/Vogošća Cultural&Sports Center, Sarajevo

Traditional Japanese Puppet Performance  ''Sanbaso'' -  October 14, 19:00h,  Pozorište mladih/Youth Theater, Sarajevo

PDF program schedule is available here.

ENTRANCE TO ALL EVENTS IS FREE!

Embassy of Japan in BiH hopes that Japanese Culture Month will bring Japanese culture closer to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and strengthen the friendly relations between our two countries.

August 15, 2013

The Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund Grant

In commemoration of the success of the Japan World Exposition of 1970, referred to below as “Expo ’70,” the theme of which was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” the aim of the Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition (’70) (“COJWE”) is to convey the legacy and ideals of Expo ’70 to future generations.

To achieve this aim, COJWE created a green cultural park in the former site of Expo ’70. Furthermore, COJWE established a fund with the revenues of Expo ’70 and has used the fund, to provide grants (JEC Fund Grants) to an approximate total of 4,300 projects since 1971, without relying on national subsidies at all.

For fiscal year 2014, the JEC Fund Grants will continue to be awarded mainly to projects relating to the environment.

Projects appropriate to commemorating the success of the Expo ’70 and contributing to public interest and international understanding qualify for the JEC Fund Grant:

1. Projects contributing to international cultural exchange and enhancement of international goodwill
2. International projects in the fields of academic study, education, social welfare, medical care, and hygiene and public health
3. International projects designed for natural and environmental conservation

The amount of the JEC Fund Grant should account for less than half of the total project expenses. This means that each implementing organization is required to cover more than half of the total project expenses with their own funds, excluding other public grants, etc.

For further details and application form please contact the Embassy of Japan in BiH at embassyofjapan.culture@sx.mofa.go.jp.

Applications need to be sent by post to the Embassy of Japan in BiH (Bistrik, 9) between August 30-September 30 2013. Please indicate ''Application for the JEC Fund Grant" on your envelope.

Juli 31, 2013

The 7th International MANGA Award / Notice

The Seventh International MANGA Award Executive Committee has received 256 entries from 53 countries and regions in the world.

Entries were accepted from April 15 to May 31, 2013.

The evaluation committee, consisting of MANGA artists and former MANGA magazine editors, will choose the Golden Award (the best work), Silver Award (three excellent runners up) and other prizes this winter.

The award presentation ceremony will be held around January 2014.

Related links:

www.manga-award.jp

Public Diplomacy/Culture ''International Manga Award''

Juli 25, 2013

"Matsuri" Festival in Doboj

‘’Matsuri’’*  Festival, organized by Doboj Municipality, Embassy of Japan in BiH and NGO BILD (Bosnia Inititiatives for Local Development) took place in Doboj, on July 25.

Mr. Yoshiaki Makino, Head of Economic Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in BiH opened the Festival, introducing the elements of Japanese culture and Japan’s contribution to the reconstruction of Doboj municipality. Participants were also introduced to the scholarship programs annually offered by the Government of Japan to the BiH citizens.

The Embassy representatives were joined by two Japanese citizens who visited Doboj for a summer educational program Doboj Summer Institute, to present videos on seasonal traditions in Japan (spring, summer, autumn and winter festivals) and Japan's cultural heritage, Shodō (calligraphy), Origami ( the art of paper folding), Yukata and Geta set (Yukata is an informal cotton kimono without lining, worn usually in the evening in the  summertime, traditionally worn with wooden clogs – Geta), Uchiwa (round fans, have frameworks of thinly split, spread-out bamboo on which paper is glued), Japanese traditional food samples sashimi and sushi, Hashi (chopsticks).

Embassy of Japan also provided Happi costumes for the Soran bushi dance performed by the participants of Doboj Summer Institute as well as toys for Kendama competition.

* Matsuri is a Japanese word for festival.

Juli 23, 2013

Japanese Language Course

Embassy of Japan in BiH has the pleasure to announce that University of Sarajevo will organize Japanese language course, taught by a native Japanese language speaker, in 2013/14 academic year.

The course will be offered to the citizens of BiH in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in BiH and with the support of the Japan Foundation.

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

June 8, 2013

Participation in 10th Kid's Fest

The 10th 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 fifth consecutive year, Embassy of Japan 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 interesting gifts such as small Japanese flags, bags, various origami figures, chopsticks, posters and brochures on Japan.

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, 2013

Book Donations to BiH Institutions within "100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan" Project

The Nippon Foundation for Social Innovation, Japan* in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in BiH, has donated books on Japan to six educational institutions and organizations in BiH.

Each institution received 100 books selected by a committee of Japanese and foreign scholars, journalists etc., which cover 5 categories: Politics and International Relations, Economy & Business, Society & Culture, Literature & Arts, History.

The following institutions and organizations from BiH have successfully applied and received the donation within “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan’’** project:

1. University of Banja Luka

2. University of Zenica

3. National and University Library of Republika Srpska

4. The Public and University Library "Derviš Sušić" Tuzla

5. The BiH - Japanese Friendship Association (BJHFA)

6. Sarajevo Association for Japanese Studies

* The Nippon Foundation is a private institution in Japan whose main purpose is social innovation. It provides support in various areas such as society, education, culture, medicine, security and youth through various projects, grant programs, scholarships and fellowships. For more information on the Nippon Foundation and its activities, please visit www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/.

** “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan’’ is part of the ”Read Japan” program which annually donates books  about  contemporary Japan to libraries overseas.   For more information on this program, as well as for the list of the books donated, please visit http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/what/projects/readjapan/.

Embassy of Japan hopes that this project will bring Japanese society and culture closer to BiH citizens and contribute to strengthening of the friendly relations between our countries.

May 28, 2013

Press Conference and Handover Ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of Musical Instruments of Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra

Press conference and handover ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of Musical Instruments of Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra were held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at theSarajevo National Theatre.

The participants included H.E. Mr. Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH; Mr. Toshiya Abe, Resident Representative of JICA Balkan Office; Mr. Muharrem Zejnullahu, Head of Department for Multilateral Economic Relations and Reconstruction, BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Ivica Šarić, Minister of Culture and Sport of Sarajevo Canton and Ms. Samra Gulamović, Director of Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra. During the ceremony, the members of the Orchestra performed several musical pieces with the new instruments, such as Japanese traditional folk song "Sakura".

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 will improve the quality of their performance as professional orchestra of Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the same time, the Orchestra, which is consisted of multiethnic players, even the ones from other countries, has a strong eagerness to contribute to the creation of ethnic harmony and peace-building through music. We are heartily looking forward to expanding our joint cooperation to further promote cultural exchange and mutual cooperation between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even more passionate activities by the Orchestra.", said Ambasador Yamazaki.

 

May 10, 2013

Presentation of MEXT Scholarships for 2014 Held in Sarajevo

On Friday, May 10, Mr Yoshiaki Makino, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in BiH held a presentation of the scholarship programs offered by the Government of Japan for 2014, at the Rectorate of the University of Sarajevo.

The Japan Government former scholarship grantee, Ms. Alma Džinalija, attended the presentation and shared her experience of the application process for postgraduate studies as well as her study experience in Japan.

 

April 15, 2013

The 7th International MANGA Award

The Embassy of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina announces call for entries for the Seventh International MANGA Award. Application period is Monday, April 15 - Friday, May 31.

Application guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the 7th International MANGA Award website www.manga-award.jp or from the Embassy of Japan in BiH website. Applications should be sent by post to the Embassy of Japan in BiH (Bistrik 9, 71 000 Sarajevo) or the post office box of the Seventh International MANGA Award directly.

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 awarding MANGA creators who contribute to the spread of MANGA culture overseas. It has been held every year since its establishment. This year as well, the Seventh International MANGA Award Executive Committee decided to hold the Seventh International MANGA Award.

The best MANGA from among all of the submitted works will be awarded the Gold Award. The next three best MANGA shall receive the Silver Award. Recipients will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation to attend the award ceremony. During the stay in Japan, they will also have exchanges of opinions with Japanese MANGA creators and will visit publishing companies and other places.

Application Guideline

Application Form

March 21-23, 2013

Japanese Film Week 2013

Embassy of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this year's winner of the Sarajevo Winter Silver Snowflake Award in the film category, organises Japanese Film Week 2013 at the cinema Meeting Point in Sarajevo, continuing the tradition of a successful cooperation with the International Festival ''Sarajevo Winter” and Japan Foundation.

The film week lasts March 21-23, 2013 and the entrance fee for all screenings is free of charge. The films are shown on 35mm projector, with BCS and English subtitles.

The film week opens with the jazz drama ''Out of This World'' (2004), followed by the real-life drama ''Love Letter'' (1985) depicting the complexity of human relations. ''The Legend of Genji'' (1951), shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1952, is based on the first novel in the world literature, written a 1000 years ago.

The historical film ''Eijanaika'' (1981) and highly satirical ''Zegen''(1987) are directed by Shohei Imamura, who was twice awarded Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gosho Heinosuke, director of poetic drama ''Woman of the Mist'' (1936) and the social drama ''Young Women of Izu'' (1945), both examining the notions of duty, sacrifice and maturity, was also a Haiku poet, known for his shomingeki (dramas about common people).

Embassy of Japan in BiH is pleased to continue the tradition of a successful cooperation with the Sarajevo Winter Festival 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 in Japan.

Screening Schedule & Film Synopsis

March 7, 2013

Former Scholarship Students Reunion

The Former Scholarship Students Reunion was held on March 7th 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 are starting their studies in Japan, in April 2013.

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