Kaunas Will Turn Japanese for Sugihara Week


From 3rd to 9th September 2018, Kaunas will “turn Japanese” for Sugihara Week: the city will offer a wide variety of events dedicated to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara.

Sugihara Week aims to commemorate the achievement of Chiune Sugihara, who lived in Kaunas (Lithuania) in 1939-1940 and, together with Dutch Consul Jan Zvartendijk, issued the famous Visas for Life, thus saving thousands of Jewish refugees.

Kaunas residents and city guests are all welcome to enjoy the various free events which are planned for Sugihara Week in various locations of the city. The program includes concerts, film screenings, public lectures, exhibitions, workshops, a symposium and other events.

Sugihara Week is organized by Sugihara Group of Kaunas-Japan Relations Development, Kaunas City Municipality, and Vytautas Magnus University Centre for Asian Studies. The main partners are Sugihara Foundation “Diplomats for Life“, Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo, Salon „Jaukūs Namai“, HOF Hotel etc.

You can find more information on Sugihara Week’s official Facebook page.

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