Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition and Workshop at Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo

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The opening of the calligraphy exhibition by 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students of the Japanese language course which is implemented by the University of Sarajevo and Embassy of Japan in BiH, took place on 8 February at the Students' Club of the Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo.

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

Within the calligraphy competition organized among the Japanese language course students, the 1st year students could select one word among the three given options: spring, dream, and hope, written in two basic Japanese character sets – hiragana and katakana; the 2nd year students wrote the phrase: light of future and the 3rd year students wrote the phrase: pray for peace, written in a more complex Japanese character set – kanji, and hiragana.

The exhibition was opened by Prof. Dr. Ugo Vlaisavljević, Vice Rector for International Cooperation, University of Sarajevo and Mr. Kazuya Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to BiH who pronounced the winners and handed awards and certificates to the students.

The winners were: Ms Amra Bumbulović (1st year), Mr. Bahadir Đure (2nd year) and Ms. Andrea Ćerimagić (3rd year). Ambassador Ogawa also handed awards for the 2nd and 3rd place for each year, as well as special prizes for artistic value, excellent effort and aesthetic enjoyment.

After the opening, all visitors has the opportunity to practise Japanese calligraphy at a calligraphy workshop held by the Embassy of Japan.

The exhibition run February 8-12.