After three years of intensive work, we finally can enjoy the result of the project. I am really glad that together with my colleague Linas Didvalis we just have launched a new internet website ritoja.lt, which narrates the respectful and warm collaboration of two geographically distant nations, Lithuania and Japan. We have created it commemorating the centenary of official friendship between Japan and Lithuania and remembering the most important stories, people, and achievements.
It‘s the most comprehensive overview of the relationship between the two countries, which we are going to update constantly.
Browsing through this site, you will get acquainted with the Japanese who got off a train at a station in the Russian Empire called Kowno in 1862 wearing kimonos and samurai swords. You will find out who were the first Lithuanians to visit Japan, the first Lithuanian to shake hands with the Emperor, and the only Lithuanian to receive Japanese citizenship. This website enables you to travel in time during the devastating wars of the 20th century, occupations, restoration of independence, and a pandemic present.
We invite you to meet artists, students, diplomats, travelers, politicians, writers, missionaries, theater people, teachers, musicians, scientists, and other people who have contributed and keep contributing to building relationships in very different forms.