3 Japanese Culture Bites (Demo)

number9dream by David Mitchell now translated in Romanian


Yesterday, April 19th, Humanitas Cișmigiu hosted the official launch of number9dream by David Mitchell in the Romanian translation of Mihnea Gafița – Visul numărul 9. The book in English can be ordered  at the Cărturești And Friends books shop.

David Mitchell, born in Southport, Lancashire in 1969 wrote his first novel Ghostwritten in 1999, winning the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and selected as finalist for the Guardian First Book Award. In 2001 he writes number9dream, finalist for Booker Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize, then Cloud Atlas, in 2004 (Atlasul norilor, Humanitas Fiction, 2008, 2013), a novel that won British Book Literary Fiction Award and was made into a film in 2012, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

After finishing his studies, Mitchell moves to Sicily and then to Japan, in Hiroshima, where he taught English for 8 years.

The story in the novel number9dream is set in Tokyo and, it has been said, the character of this complex city is very accurately portrayed in the book, as a result of the author’s intimate knowledge of the Japanese culture.

The title is a reference to the song #9 Dream by John Lennon, the main character’s favourite songwriter.




The first Japanese food truck in Romania at  Wine and Street Food Festival


Nori Yakitori, the first Japanese food truck in Romania, will be present at the Wine and Street Food Festival at the People’s Palace starting today 20th April until 22nd April. It’s the first time the festival has been held in this location and also the first time people can enjoy wine tasting (an epic tasting with almost 500 wines to be tried) inside the building and street food, well, outside.

Read more about Nori Yakitori’s story and specialties here.




Japanese Culture Days at the Romanian – American University


The 7th edition of the Japanese Culture Days will be held between May 17th and May 19th 2018 at the Romanian – American University. Its main objective is to offer the public the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the contemporary and traditional Japanese culture.

During the Japanese festival the public can enjoy a  series of events such as exhibitions, workshops, but also concerts and demonstrations. There will be:

  • a sake workshop held by Dr. Masahiko Kitayama, a respected specialist in gastronomy and a sake sommelier
  • a book launch (“Viata de vanzare” by Yukio Mishima)
  • a Taiko Workshop
  • a workshop “The Art of a Geisha”, held by the Japanese artist Umekichi,
  • a Kendama workshop
  • a workshop about the traditional Japanese clothes with Laura Karaman the only Kimono designer in Romania
  • a Tea Ceremony workshop
  • a Iaido (Japanese sword) demonstration.

You can find more about this event here.


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