Sugihara Week, organized on September 02-09, 2017 for the first time, is the event which aims to perpetuate the memory of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara. This personality lived in Kaunas (Lithuania) during 1939-40 and together with Duch Consul Jan Zvartendijk issued his famous „Visas for Life“ thus saving thousands of lives of Jewish refugees.

Sugihara Week invites Lithuanian, Japanese and Jewish nations to join together in the epicentrum of the events, i.e. Kaunas, and to retell the story of Sugihara in the new light. Artists of different nations will meet together in joint projects, and schollars will discuss in the authentic spaces of interwar Kaunas. Together with the central topic of Sugihara, other topics, such as the visible marks of Japan in Kaunas, discourses on humanism and tolerance, aspects of Japanese culture will be presented.

In the program, musical concerts, symposium, public lectures, exhibitions, workshops, etc., are planned in various spaces of Kaunas.

Organizers and partners of the event: Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, Kaunas City Municipality, Sugihara Foundation “Diplomats for Life“VMU Centre for Asian Studies, Salon „Jaukūs Namai“, Kyūmeikan School, HOF Hotel, etc.

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