Hatsuzora ni/ tsuru semba mau/ maboroshi no

(In the sky of New Year’s Day/ thousands of
cranes hover - / or so it seems to me)

Yasunari Kawabata, haiku poem

The Sembazuru Centre For Japanese Studies [SCJS], the first centre of its kind in Babeş-Bolyai University, was founded in 2008 together with the Department for Asian Languages and Literature, when the Japanese Language and Literature major was added to the Faculty of Letters’ curricula (following the Decision no. 455 of 11th January 2008 and the Decision no. 23.057 of January 2008, approved by the Babes-Bolyai Administrative Council). Creating SCJS is an implicit step towards recognising the research activity in this field and it plays a vital role in consolidating Babes-Bolyai University’s school of Japanese studies. During this time, The Sembazuru Centre for Japanese Studies has supported and completed the analytical curriculum of the Japanese Language and Literature major, initiating various actions to broaden and consolidate relationships with universities or diverse organizations from Japan.

Sembazuru (1000 cranes), a centuries-old motif in Japan, was originally a stylized model that represents a flock of cranes in flight. An emblematic figure, cherished for the way it flies or how it dances, the crane is believed to be a noble bird, descending from the world of gods. A migratory bird, the crane, through its cyclical return, has gained, in the Japanese spirituality, the symbolism of regeneration, being associated with an endless Spring ...

Domain/domains of expertise:
  • Japanese studies, cultural semiotics and Japanese poetics, Japanese language and literature
  • Creating a team of researchers (teachers, master’s degree students, PhD students) in the field of Japanese studies;
  • Designing research projects that contribute to the foundation of a Japanese studies school in our university;
  • Publishing the research results in specialized journals (rated CNCSAS, indexed BDI or ISI) and in individual or collective volumes;
  • Completing the analytical curriculum of Japanese Language and Literature major through extracurricular activities: workshops, lectures, conferences, round tables, with the help of renowned specialists, in order to offer the students a direct and authentic connection with the cultural and academic Japanese area;
  • Promoting the Japanese language, literature and culture through various collaborations within educational and cultural programs for the general public, targeting different age groups or social categories (students, university students, professors, diverse associations);
  • Developing relationships with Japanese universities and organisations;
  • Providing donations to the book fund for the Japanese Studies Library.



20th May 2022: Searching for Japan – Students’ Scientific Session
19th May 2022: Book Lauch: Teru Miyamoto, „Vis de primăvară” (Humanitas, 2022)
11th May 2022: Mr. Counsellor Tatsuo Kitagawa (Embassy of Japan) Visiting the Sembazuru Centre for Japanese Studies (Faculty of Letters BBU)

April 2022
15th April 2022: Spring in Cluj coloured like the sakura flower

March 2022
March 2022: New editorial apparition: Florina Ilis, Romanul japonez în secolul al XX-lea


December 2021
17th December 2021: Membership certificate of the Japan Foundation “Sakura Network” ・JF日本語ネットワーク(さくらネットワーク)メンバー証
13th - 16th December 2021: Let’s sing carols in Japanese! (Coord. Oana Bîrlea and Ciliana Tudorică)
5th December 2021: Winter Japanese story for the kids from the „ House of Joy” Orphanage

November 2021
5th November 2021: Japanese culture on the horizon of radio ideas
4th November 2021: The students celebrate Day of Japanese culture文化の日祝いに・日本語学科学習者の十二俳人 (coord.: Lect. univ. dr. Florina Ilis)
3rd November 2021: 文化の日・Day of Japanese Culture・ TVR Cluj/TVR 3: Dialogue lines (Rodica Frențiu și Florina Ilis); Objective foreground
2nd November 2021: Book Launch: Rodica Frențiu, The Japanese Calligraphy in the memory of the moment (Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Univeristy Press, 2021)

July 2021
26th -30th July 2021: Junior Summer University - 日本語・日本文化入門 - Introductory course into Japanese language and culture (in collaboration with OSUBB) • 13th July 2021: A new editorial appearance: Rodica Frențiu, The Japanese Calligraphy in the memory of the moment (Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Univeristy Press, 2021)
4th July 2021: Student’s Graduation Ceremony – Class of 2021 – Specialization Japanese Language and Literature

June 2021
2nd June 2021: 「俳句コンテスト」 - Stud. Mălina Hardulea (3rd Year, specialization Japanese-English) awarded at an international contest of Haiku
1st June 2021: 1st of June – Together with the children from “House of Joy”

May 2021
14th May 2021: In Search of Japan – The Students’ Scientific Session
13th May 2021: Diplomacy and culture (3) – 100 years of Romanian-Japanese diplomatic relations
5th May 2021: 子供の日 ・ Children’s Day at the “House of Joy” Orphanage (Cluj-Napoca)

April 2021
17th - 25th April 2021: Sakura flowers in Cluj parks
16th April 2021: Diplomacy and culture (2) – 100 years of Romanian-Japanese diplomatic relations
10th 2021: “What does it mean to be a student in Japan”, in collaboration with Romania’s Student League – Japan department
2nd April 2021: Diplomacy and culture – 100 years of Romanian-Japanese diplomatic relations

March 2021
3rd March 2021: Hina Matsuri ・Holiday of the dolls at CSJS – doll donation from Prof. Dr. Emeritus Yoshihiko Ikegami and Prof. Ikuko Ikegami (University of Tokyo, Japan)
1st March 2021: Babeș-Bolyai University Excellence Awards 2020
Excellence award for innovative and cultural services towards society is awarded to Prof. univ. dr. Rodica Frențiu (Faculty of Letters), as acknowledgment for outstanding results in 2020

February 2021
Japan’s National Day
Haiku poems by Florina Ilis translated into Hungarian


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