This year the Sakura festival, organized by Sugihara Foundation in Kaunas and supported by the Japanese embassy, was not blessed with great weather as last year. Still, Kyrie Oda′s dance looked all the more touching. She and her colleague went along with their idea to perform barefoot, despite cold weather.
Feeling very nostalgic about my proper hanami in Tokyo in 2009, I attended a Japanese Embassy / Sugihara Museum event in Kaunas, where a Japanese performance artist Kirie Oda cooperated with Lithuanian violinist and singer to create a performance around Sugihara House, which used to be the Japanese consulate before WWII and now hosts a Sugihara museum, foundation, and VMU Centre for Asian Studies. The artist wanted to use this space, with its sakura trees planted by Yukiko Sugihara herself, and a larger green space behind the building.Continue reading
You may or may not blame climate change, but over the past several years weather has become unpredictable. Instead of four distinct seasons, we are moving towards sharp contrasts. It may be hot one week and freezing the next. Despite the late-spring gloom, these blossoms inspire people to hope that temperatures will leap as last year.
Sakura trees are blossoming close to Sugihara House in Kaunas. Continue reading