Today, our Kaunas team joined the concert of the LithuaniaNOW festival taking place in Gifu City. Although we participated here online, but at heart we were together with our friends in Japan.
Gifu came into my life in 2016, when we started a project to strengthen ties between Lithuania and this prefecture of Japan. It is one of 47 prefectures with a population of more than two million and famous as the birthplace of Chiune Sugihara.
Thanks to this symbolic connection, a long-term friendship was established between Gifu and Lithuania / Kaunas. And it is manifested in school, educational, cultural, tourism, and even economic exchanges.
One of the most beautiful projects born in this context is the LithuaniaNOW festival, which started in 2018. It is the only regular festival presenting Lithuania in Japan. Fairs, lectures and cultural events take place during it. Performers from Lithuania come to the opening concert, called Lithuania Night, and Nemunas (2018) and Suktinis (2019) performed here.
It is unfortunate that the pandemic has severely limited opportunities, but we hope that next year we will be able to participate in the festival not only online.