On February 12, 2019, a lecture entitled “Mysteries of the Japanese Mentality” was held at the Russian New University (RosNOU). Students and teachers of RosNOU and HSE, Russian-Japanese translators took part in this event.
"Mysteries of the Japanese Mentality" is the first of a series of lectures about the culture of Japan. The organizer of the lecture was the Center of the Asia-Pacific Region of RosNOU.
The lecture was read by the curator of cultural projects, the orientalist-japanist Tatiana Naumova.
Tatyana Naumova graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University, and has been heading the “Orientpro” company for more than ten years, has implemented many projects in various fields: from music and theatrical art to the beauty and fashion industry. Tatiana Naumova lived in Japan for a long time, visited many parts of this country, and repeatedly organized professional trips and internships.
“Japan for me is not a hobby, a field of interest or even a specialty,” Tatiana Naumova emphasized. – “This is part of my life, my fate. To share my knowledge and experience gained over the years of professional activity, to convey my vision of this incredibly deep and original country, to tell about the spiritual and material potential of its culture – this is the purpose and task of my lectures on Japan.”
The lecturer began with a small game dedicated to the Japanese sign language, involving the audience in the process of understanding the Japanese mentality, its features and culture. For the correct answer, one could win a magazine about modern Japan “KIMONO”, in which Tatyana Naumova leads a column. The listeners discovered how the totality of historical features, the outcome of a bizarre combination of accidents and patterns formed the traditions and national character of the Nipponese.
“We understand that it’s not enough for people who want to learn about another country to watch a video on Youtube, something more is needed; and we are trying to help them with this,” said Ksenia Masterkova, Educational Project Development Manager of International Affairs & Academic Mobility Directorate of RosNOU. – “Up to her departure to Japan Tatiana Naumova will continue to lead this cycle, talking about Japanese aesthetics, concepts of beauty, minimalism, and Japanese attitude to nature. Then we will attract other lecturers, including those from the Higher School of Economics.”
The next lecture of Tatiana Naumova at RosNOU will take place on February 27.