JAPAN - CROATIA,
O MARIJANA [mp3] 3.6 MB
By the courtesy of Dr. Drago Stambuk, Croatian ambassador in Tokyo.
Vlaho Paljetak (1893-1944), born in Dubrovnik, on the photo and on the stamp. His Marijana is sung not only in Croatia, but also in Japan.
Izumi Yamaguchi, Japanese pop and jazz singer, surprized us all with her beautiful interpretation of a popular Croatian song Četiri stađuna (Four Seasons), which she sings in Croatian language. The song is orginally performed by Meri Cetinić, composed by Zdenko Runjić, and the accompaning text written by Tomislav Zuppa. See also the CROWN.
Ivo Robic (1923-2000), a famous Croatian pop singer, in Japan
RADOJKA ŠVERKO - Let My Heart Keep Singing (WPSF1976 TOKYO, Japan)
Radojka Šverko, the great Croatian singer, and the song LET MY HEART KEEP SINGING, which she preformed at the WORLD POPULAR SONG FESTIVAL 1976 in TOKYO. This is a video from a Croatian TV SHOW.
Lovro von Matacic, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century (1899-1985), started his career in 1919 as conductor of orchestras in Osijek, Novi Sad, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Riga, and in Zagreb in 1932. From 1942-1945 he was conductor of the Vienna Opera.
After 1945 he was imprisoned by the Yugoslav communist regime, and together with Croatian poet Tin Ujevic and painter Kristian Krekovic sentenced to confiscation of all movable and immovable property.
In 1950's he became organizer of Festivals in Dubrovnik and Split. In 1956 Matacic moved to Germany to conduct East Berlin Opera and the famous Dresden Staatskapelle, then conducted at Bayreuth in 1959, and from 1961 to 1966 was Gereralmuikdirektor in Frakfurt. He was also guest conductor in Vienna Opera, Milan Scala, in Chicago, Naples, Palermo, Rome, London, Cleveland, Tokyo, Prague, etc., and was elected the honorary director of the Japanese Orchestra in Tokyo.
From 1970 to 1980 he was conductor and artistic director of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, and almost simultanesously from 1973 to 1979 had the same role in the Monte Carlo Orchestra.
Miroslav Miletic, viola player, founded the Pro Arte string quartet in Zagreb, which in 1970's was among 10 best string quartets in the world. Among his numerous students was Hiroshi Hirano, violist from Japan (Tokyo). As a composer he promoted Croatian folklore and church music (in particular from the island of Hvar). He considers the Croatian folklore music the most beautiful and the richest in the world. In 1975, accompanied by the Leningrad philharmony, he played his Viola concert. Maestro Miletic collaborated also with K. Stockhausen on electronic music. He has his works published at Schott, Berben, Meckverlag, Pizzicatto etc, and an LP issued in the USA.
Distinguished Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono was the Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra during six years, from 1990 to 1996. This was one of the most difficult periods of Croatia's past. When he arrived to Zagreb in 1990, he was at the age of 30.
Croatian violoncellist Monika Leskovar (1981) is winner of the prestigeous Tchaikovsky competition in Japan for 1995 (a student of maestro Valter Despalj), the third prize at the 1997 Rostropovic competition in Paris, the second prize at the 1998 Eurovision contest for young instrumentalists, winner of the 1999 Roberto Caruana competition in Milano, Italy, the second prize at the famous ARD competition in 2001.
Nenad Bach's work and his life story have been featured on all the major US TV networks (CBS, ABC, NBC), on CNN, on Sky Channel, and on TV channels in Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, and many other countries.
Dragutin Šurbek is a famous Croatian ping-pong player, who had many encounters with Japanese table tenis players, among them with the legendary I. Ogimura. One of those who knew him in person was another legendary Croatian ping-pong player (and the university professor of biochemistry), dr. Žarko Dolinar. See the photos below from the invitation of dr. on the occasion of his 80th birthday, dedicated to the memory of I. Ogimura.
In memoriam I. Ogimura. Photo by the courtesy of Mr. Dragutin Šurbek.
Among Croatian Latinists and writers in Croatian a central place is occupied by Marko Marulic, who is the "father of Croatian literature" (born in Split, 1450-1524). He was the most famous spiritual writer of his time in Europe, and also the first who defined and used the notion of `psychology', which is today in current use.
His book De institutione bene vivendi (six volumes, 64 chapters), published in Venice in 1506, had fifteen editions until 1686 and was translated from Latin into
altogether 40 editions.
It is well known that St. Francis Xaver had taken only two books on his long pilgrimage to the East (India, Japan and China): the Bible and De institutione. Furthermore, in his testament St. Francis Xaver asked that Marulic's book be burried with him. Therefore we may conclude that Marulic was a spiritual father of St. Francis Xaver.
St. Francis Xaver's personal sample of Marulic's book was kept in Madrid in a collection of valuables until 1937, when it had dissapeared. St. Ignazio Loyola included De Insitutione into the list of basic references for the formation of Jesuits.
Marulic left us many beautiful verses and the epic poem Judita written in the Croatian language, for which he sais expressly to be written in the Croatian verses (versi harvatski). Some of his original verses are held in Glasgow (GB). His Judith was translated into English, Hungarian, French, Italian, and some parts into Spanish. Marulic translated from Latin into Croatian the famous "De imitatione Christi" by Thoma de Kempis.
The original Marulic's manuscript of "De institutione bene vivendi" has been stolen from the Croatian National Library in Zagreb around 1980. Any information about this would be appreciated.
According to investigations of a French specialist Charles Béné, Marulic's texts have been used extensively by Thomas More and Henry VIII. It is known that Marulic's "Evangelistarium" that was read by Henry VIII bears many comments by the King. It is considered that two of the king's three literary works were written under the influence of Marko Marulic. Marulic's poem "Carmen de Doctrina Domini Nostri Jesu Christi pendentis in cruce" was translated into English as "A Dialogue betwext a Christian and Christ hanging on the Crosse" by Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel (1557-1595).
According to C. Verdiani, Marulic is also the author of the Florence Codex, which contains a biography of St Jerome written in the Croatian language. There he wrote St Jerome is our Dalmatian, a glory, honour and fame, and brilliant crown of the Croatian language. In Croatian: Jerolim je nass Dalmatin, on je dika, posstenje i slava i svitla kruna hrvatskoga jezika. It is worth mentioning that preserved manuscripts of Marko Marulic show that he also used the cursive glagolitic script. Marko Marulic sent a dramatic letter to the Pope Hadrian VI, describing an extremely tragic position of the Croats threatened by the onslaughts of the Ottoman Empire and asking for help. His books were known not only in the whole of Europe, but also in Japan (in the 16th century) and South America. For example, parts of De institutione bene vivendi were translated into Japanese already in 1585, published in parts in Nagasaki under the title Sanctos no gosayuno, see Franolic (he mentions 1595 instead of 1585).
When St. Francis Xaver arrived to Kogoshima in Japan in 1549, he also brought Marulic's "De insitutione bene vivendi". According to bishop Hamao from Yokohama, president of Japanese Bishop's Conference and of Asian Caritas, the formation of earliest Japanese Christians had been very probably based on the spirituality of Marulic. See here (in Croatian).
It is interesting that in Berlin a monument of Marko Marulic was set up in 2000. In the Library of Congress, Washington, a symposium was held devoted to his work.
IT WOULD BE OF GREAT INTEREST TO HAVE A PHOTO OF THE FRONT PAGE OF MARULIC'S BOOK PUBLISHED IN JAPAN IN 1585.
Anthony Maglica, holder of hundreds of patents and trademarks, founded Mag Instrument, Inc, in Los Angeles in 1955, and designed Mag-Lite flashlight, which is now an American product icon, among 100 top products that "America makes best". The Maglite products have been honoured by the Japan Institute of Design and the Museum for Applied Art in Germany. Mag Instrument donated thousands of flashlights to aid in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001. Born in New York, and as a child raised in Croatia, Tony Maglica has plenty of other interests which include also Zlarin, Croatia, where he grew up.
The SUVAG center for voice transmission for reeducation of speach disorders and deafness has been founded in Zagreb in 1961 by Academician Petar Guberina (1913-2005). The name of SUVAG is coined from Systeme Universel Verbotonal d'Audition Guberina.
His books were translated into many languages, including Arabic and Japanese. In France, he was awarded the Legion of Honour: Knighthood in 1968, the Officer's Cross in 1989, which he was awarded in main quadrangle of the Sorbonne in Paris.
Danilo Blanusa (1903-1987), Croatian mathematician, professor at the University of Zagreb, was born in Osijek. He discovered a mistake in relations for absolute heat Q and temperature T in relativistic phenomenological thermodynamics, published by Max Planck in Annalen der Physik in 1908. This result that he published in Glasnik mat.-fiz i astr., 2/1947 in his article "Sur les paradoxes de la notion d'énergie", was rediscovered 13 years later by Heinrich Ott, and published in "Zeitschrift für Physik" in 1963. It is already time to correct wrong attribution of this discovery to Heinrich Ott in the scientific literature, since Blanusa's priority is indisputable.
Blanusa's most important work is related to isometric immersions of two-dimensional Lobacevski plane into six-dimensional Euclidean space and generalizations. This result is included in authoritative Japanese mathematical encyclopedia Sugaku jiten published by Iwanami shoten, Tokyo, 1962, p. 612. His work about imbeddings of hyperbolic spaces into Euclidean spaces has been cited in 1956 by John Nash (well known mathematician, Nobel prize for economy; Blanusa is cited in his paper "The imbedding problem for Riemannian manifolds", Annals of Mathematics, Vol 63, No. 1, 1956, pp. 20-63).
The Baroque art in the Croatian north is described by a famous Japanese photographer Keiichi Tahara:
Quand un ami française m'a conseillé d'aller voir les églises baroques en Croatie...je n'ai pratiquement rien trouvé sur ce sujet. Cela m'a paru étrange, et j'ai cédé a la tentation...
Keiichi Tahara: Les Anges de Croatie, éd. Assouline, Paris, 1995 (Baroque art of the Croatian north), translated into Croatian under the title Pamcenje andjela, Nakladni zavod Globus, Zagreb, 1996.
Mrs. Masumi Shimooka Štiglić is a Japanese living in Zagreb since 1970. Her husband is Croatian. When a Japanese delegation visited Zagreb during the International Folklore Festival in the 1970s, then the organizers prepared a big surprise for them: Mrs. Shimooka Štiglić, dressed in her solemn kimono, was among Croatian hosts at the Zagreb airport, when the Japanese delegation arrived. In Zagreb, she is teaching ikebana and traditional Japanese cooking.
Ivan Rabuzin (1921-2008) designed a curtain decorating the stage of one of the best Kyoto theaters (Japan), as well as the Takarazuka Theatre in Tokyo (10.5 x 24 m, 1980), and several other museums in Japan: Sategaya Art Museum in Tokyo, Saitama Museum of Modern Art in Urawa, Isetan. He also had exhibitions at Daimaru and Shinsabashi in Osaka.
A detial from Ivan Rabuzin's drop curtain in Takarazuka Theatre in Tokyo. Photos from Croatia, homeland of Marco Polo, Croatian national tourist board, 2008.
The above mentioned ceremonial drop curtain at the Takarazuka theatre in Tokyo was produced by the Heizo Tatsamura Institute, Textiles Arts Kyoto, in 1979 and 1980. Twenty four weavers were working for three months to make it. Among other materials, 30 kg of gold thread was used. Moritani Shiro produced a film about Rabuzin's ceremonial drop curtain. This information is from Croatia, homeland of Marco Polo, Croatian national tourist board, 2008.
Since 1976 his designs are used by "Rosenthal", renowned producer of procelain ware. He is also a member of the Croatian Parliament (Sabor). It is interesting that Rabuzin's father was a miner, while his mother was blind. His art was exhibited throughout the world: Zagreb, Paris, Antibes, Zurich, Milano, USA (Louisiana, Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Insitute Museum of Art, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Museum Art Center, Chicago Public Library, C.W. Post Art Galery/Long Island University, Pittsburgh), Oslo, Munich, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Verona, Brescia, Florence, Tokyo, Osaka, Geneva, Cologne, London, etc.
As many as 10 films have been made about Rabuzin's work, including one in Japan (Moritani Shiro, Kyoto). Amonog 13 monographs devoted to his work we mention only the following one: Masayoshi Honme, Ivan Rabuzin / Taiji Harada, 1990, published by Kodanasha, Japan.
Lace Tent is an interesting project initiated by Akiko Sato, a japanese artist (photographer). The tent measures 3x2 meters. In order to finish it, ten local lace-makers worked for two monts, six hours a day. The project has been supported by the Embassy of Japan in Croatia and by the City of Lepoglava, and the project has been realized in 2007, in the presence of H.E. Mr Shirakawa, ambassador of Japan in Croatia, and his wife. One lace tent is kept in the City Museum in Lepoglava, and another in Japan.
Akiko Sato enjoying in her
Croatian lace tent in Lepoglava.
Source Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Akiko Sato (3rd from the right) with Lepoglava women
Akiko Sato in Lepoglava
Akiko Sato, September 20, 2007, addressing in Lepoglava
Ambassador of Japan in Croatia, H.E. Tetsuhisa Shirakawa, presented Mr. Ivica Maričić, Commissioner General of Croatia for EXPO 2005, with decoration "Silver Cups with the Chrysanthemum Crest" that was awarded to him by the Japanese Government, on behalf of His Imperial Majesty Akihito, the Emperor of Japan.
The Embassy stated that the Government of Japan very much appreciates Mr. Maricic's great contributions to the success of the EXPO 2005, and his devoted efforts to the promotion of friendly and cordial relations between two countries. It is the first Japanese honor awarded to a Croatian since Croatian independence.
Silver cups with chrysantemum crest, that Ivica Maričić received from the Emperor Akihito of Japan in 2006.
Photos by the courtesy of Mr. Ivica Maričić
The theme of the Croatia Pavilion is "A Drop of Water: a Grain of Salt." The structure of a "drop of water" is very simple, but an unlimited number of combinations can be made if other elements and chemical compounds are added. It is the base of all lives on the Earth. In the just one drop of water, all the wisdoms of nature are represented.
Since Croatia is a
country accepting many stimuli from two
large areas - the European Continent and the Mediterranean Sea, it is
said the country represents the combination of water molecules.
On the first floor of the pavilion, a tour image of breaking through the sea surface from under the sea to an upper part is presented, making us remember the potentiality of the sea through ancient salt-making techniques.
Salt, a spice and natural preservative, represents wisdom and symbolizes moderation and purity. Today, everybody regards salt as a natural and ordinary thing, but historically, wars were repeated over saltpans, and the routes to transport salt were kept secret.
Work to separate salt from seawater and work to refine seawater into purified drinking water are both closely connected to the history of the people regarding the sea as important.
On the second floor, the whole picture of Croatia is introduced. Visitors feel as if they are flying over Croatia with bird's-eye video images taken from a plane of its scenery, the sea, cities, and the people and cultures.
The unique beauty of Croatian landscape is offerend by the magnificant mountain of Velebit, and the famous Primosten vineyards, where folk builders used drystone walls to protect every handful of soil from being washed away from the arid rocky terrain. Thus an amazing rocky lace of Primosten has been obtain over the centuries, whose large sized photo can be seen inside the building of United Nations in New York. It is not surprising that Velebit's Endemic Garden and Vineyard from Primosten have won the gold medal at Japan Flora 2000 international exhibition of garden arrangmenents. The exhibition in 2000 was held on Awaji islands near Kyoto, with participation of 60 countries.
PHOTO OF THE CROATIAN GARDEN OF JAPAN FLORA 2000 IS REQUESTED
Charles Billich is outstanding Croatian painter born in 1934 in the town of Lovran in Istria, and since 1956 working in Australia. He has permanent exhibition of his works at Hakane Museum in Tokyo since 1997, and was designated the official artist of the Australian Olypic team for Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. I like his Canberra cantata. In 1998 Charles Billich completed his series of Bleiburg paintings. He was elected the official painter of Australian and the USA national teams at Olympic Games in Greece, 2004. In 2004 he was elected the Official Artiest of the 2008 Bejing Olympiad. Laurate of the Milan & Spoleto Award, Italy, in 1989.
His most famous galeries are Billich Gallery in Sydney (100 George Street), Australia, and Fortezza Gallery in the lovely town of Lovran, Croatia. In 2004 he had the exhibition of some of important Croatian contributions to science, held in the building of United Nations in New York (portraits of Faust Vrancic, David Schwartz, Lupis Vukic, Slavoljub Penkala, Josip Vucetic, Nikola Tesla, Marin Getaldic, Rudjer Boskovic, Marco Polo, Andrija Mohorovicic, Spiridion Brusina, Lavoslav Ruzicka, also Croatian cravate, and an oil representing one of truly painful Croatian themes from the period 1945-1948 immediately after the WW2: Bleiburg). He was commisioned to paint East Timor's official independence painting. He presented a pinting to pope John Paul II.
Charles Billich Collections (incomplete):
A world-wide reputation in thai boxing had Branko Cikatic from Split, winner of many international tournaments, including the grand 1994 K-1 Tokyo tournament.
The name of Croatian sportsman Mirko Filipovic Crocop is well known in Japan.
Drago Stambuk, Croatian ambassador: Squaring the circle and rounding the square, "... I spent one weekend last winter [2005/06] at the snow festival in Tokamachi. ... The first prize in the kimono competition at the festival went to a checkered red-and-white kimono called Croatia..."
Eugen Viktor Feller initiated the industrial production of Elsa fluid and its variants in Croatia (soaps, shampoos, shaving creams, balsams, hygienic and cosmetic products, elixirs, etc.), which was a world wide success, sold in the whole of Europe, Asia (Japan and China), Africa (Egypt), and in the USA. It would be interesting to find a photo of his products in Japan. His son Vilim Feller (William Feller) was a distinguished Croatian - American mathematician.
Dr. Drago Stambuk, Croatian ambassador in Japan:
Maestro Vjekoslav Sutej, distinguished Croatian conductor, had concerts in Tokyo and Nagoya.
June 6, 2009 - 3:00 PM -
Otaru Shimin Center, Recital
June 5, 2009 - 5:00 PM -
Watanabe Jun-Ichi Bungaku-Kan, Masterclass
June 4, 2009 - 7:00 PM -
GG Salon, Recital
June 3, 2009 - 7:00 PM -
Nogi-Cho Bunka Kaikan, Recital
June 2, 2009 - 7:00 PM -
GG Salon, Recital
June 1, 2009 - 8:00 PM - Japan Tour
May 30, 2009 - 3:00 PM -
Munetsugu Hall, Recital
November 26, 2006 - 8:00
PM - Takayama, Japan
Japan Tour, Concert
November 24, 2006 - 6:45
PM - Yonago, Tokyo
Japan Tour, Concert
November 23, 2006 - 8:00
PM - Okinawa, Japan
Japan Tour, Concert
Uruma Shimin Geijutsu Gekijo
November 22, 2006 - 7:00
PM - Yaizu, Japan
Japan Tour, Concert
Yaizu-shi Bunka Center
November 21, 2006 - 7:00
PM - Kashiwazaki, Japan
Japan Tour, Concert
Sangyo Bunka Kaikan Hall
February 20, 2005 - 8:00
PM - Tokorozawa City, Japan
Shoumeidou Music Hall, Recital
February 19, 2005 - 8:00
PM - Tokyo,Japan
Musashino Civic Cultural Hall, Recital
February 18, 2005 - 8:00
PM - Numazu City, Japan
Japan Tour, Concert
Numazu Shimin Bunka Center
February 17, 2005 - 8:00
PM - Nagoya City, Japan
Studio Runde, Recital
Listen to her interpretation of Cavatina, played in Japan:
Croatian pupil Martin Kotarski and
Bill Gates awarded in Japan
by The Goi Peace Foundation
Tokamachi factor, a paradigm for Japan-Croatia emotional attachement
The winning silk kimono named Croatia has been made in Tokamachi in the memory of the Croatian national football team's presence during the World Cup 2002 in Japan. The Mayor's daughter has worn it for the Croatian ambassador's birthday.
For more details see Kimono Croatia
Photos by the courtesy of Dr. Drago Štambuk, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Japan.
Miro Gavran's drama "How To Kill the President" will be premiered in a stage reading on December 16 2009, organised by the Japanese Centre of ITI, at the IWATO Theatre in Japan. Ayako Funakawa has translated the play into Japanese, while the director of the reading is Yoshiko Nozaki.
F. Zlatko Špehar, Croatian Franciscan, wrote his travel book "Putovima nade nastajanja", Ogranak Matice hrvatske Vukovar, Vukovar 2009, ISBN 978-953-95493-3-4 (a rough translation of the title could be: Along the paths of hope for growth), dealing with his visits to Finland and Japan (pp 133-343).
During his sojourn in Japan in July 2008 he was accompanied among others with Croatian soprano singer Mayumi Kamei. She was born in Tokyo, and lives in Croatia since 1997, employed at the Choir of Zagreb Radio Television.
Source of the photo www.kulisa.eu
Mayumi Kamei singing a tender song about Hiroshima in the main hall of Matica hrvatska / Matrix Croatica, during the presentation of the book of F. Zlatko Špehar in December 2009. Accompanied on piano by Martina Mičija.
In one of the halls of the Matica hrvatska / Matrix Croatica in Zagreb. Mayumi Kamei with a group of women from thriloge city of Vukovar, on the right to her Štefica Šarčević, president of the Matica hrvatska Vukovar. Many thanks to Mr. Stjepan Sučić, vicepresident of Matica hrvatska in Zagreb, for hospitality.
Simultaneous chess game by Yudai Iwasaki, Japan, with attendants of the Chess School at the XXIst Winter Chess School in 2007 in the town of Ravna Gora, Gorski kotar, Croatia. The town is the only one in the world with a street called the Chess Street!
Studnets in Kyoto, photo by Professor Mervan Pašić, Croatian mathematician.
Kyoto and Zagreb are sister cities.
Ivana Brlić Mažuranić: Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Japanese edition in 2010.
Jamamoto translated the book
Croatian into Japanese in 2010.
Photo from the main square of Croatia's capital Zagreb.
DOBRO Restaurant in the center of Tokyo, near Ginza
Max Emanuel Cencic, Croatian singing prodigy, is gifted with the most beautiful countertenor voice of our time. He was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir, subsequently pursuing a solo career. He was awarded as the best new singer of the year 2003 by "Opernwelt" magazine. His performance of Andromeda Liberata in Tokyo was named the best concert of the year 2005 in Japan. Since 2007 Max EmanueI Cencic is recording with the top-label EMI/Virgin Classics.
Please help Japan
Japan has been struck by the tragedy of Biblical proportions. Pray for Japan.
Croatian skier Ivica Kostelic won the World Cup slalom title, the combined World Cup title, and the overall World Cup title in 2011. He poses with a Japanese flag in tribute to the victims of the earthquake and ensuing Tsunami. Photo by Getty Images.
Japan Croatia Association (Branko Cikatic)DOBRO (GOOD) - web site inspired by Croatia in Tokyo