University of Tartu celebrates the 100th anniversary of relations between Estonia and Japan with a lecture, concert and conference
The year 2021 marks 100 years from the beginning of official relations and friendship between Estonia and Japan. From 13–15 October, a lecture by the ambassador of Japan, a concert of Japanese music and the “Multidisciplinary conference on the economic relations and embedded cultural perspectives between the EU and Japan” will take place at the University of Tartu.
On 13 October, the Ambassador of Japan Hajime Kitaoka will hold a public lecture to mark the 100-year friendly relations in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu. The lecture is in English. The lecture is followed by a concert of Japanese acoustic music performed by the percussion ensemble Muteki TAIKO (Hele-Riin Uib, Marilin Kaprei) and Mizuki Shindo on the flute.
According to Elo Süld, Head of the Asia Centre at the University of Tartu, Japan is becoming an increasingly important partner for Estonia in the emerging Asian century. “Estonian researchers and entrepreneurs are realising more and more that they have a lot to gain from cooperating with their Japanese colleagues,” Süld explained. In her view, the cultural understanding of one other plays a crucial role in starting bilateral cooperation, regardless of the sector.
On 14 and 15 October, the multidisciplinary conference on the economic relations and embedded cultural perspectives between the EU and Japan takes place. The event organised by the University of Tartu and the Estonian Business School will focus on the economic relations of the European Union and Japan, and the role of culture in creating and successfully maintaining the relations. The speakers include doctoral students, researchers and practicians from the universities and enterprises of Estonia, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Hungary and Finland. Further information is available on the event website.
The lecture and concert that take place on 13 October can also be viewed via the UTTV video portal.
We check the infection safety of the participants at the event. Along with an identity document, be prepared to present a medical certificate about a completed vaccination series, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (PCR test conducted by a health care professional up to 72 hours before the event).
Karoliina Vilimaa-Pennarun, Senior Specialist for International Cooperation, University of Tartu, +372 5345 2565, karoliina.v.pennarun [ät] ut.ee
Heidi Maiberg, Communication Manager, University of Tartu Asia Centre, +372 5199 1451, heidi.maiberg [ät] ut.ee