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3rd Czech Festival in Japan to be held at Harajuku Quest Hall in Tokyo

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An exceptional opportunity to experience the Czech Republic, often called as the heart of Europe, will come to Tokyo on Sept 28. The Czech Festival 2018 presents Czech culture, traditions and products typical for the Czech Republic.

During three days, all visitors have a unique opportunity to meet Czech traditions, listen to the dynamic Czech music, explore tourist places of interest, taste traditional Czech gourmets, including more than 5 types of beer and many sorts of wine. Or why not to buy typical products such as traditional cosmetics, books, wooden toys, sparkling jewelry and Bohemia Crystal or fashion gloves and blue print textiles.

The year 2018 marks the important anniversary – 100 years since establishing of independent Czechoslovakia. Because of that we have joined forces with Slovakia and will celebrate this anniversary together. That means you can also look forward to a demonstration of Slovakian folk dance or to the concert of Slovakian folk music instrument – the rarely heard fujara. Are you lost in the historical events? Check our interactive multimedia presentation in form of a touch panel, where you can find texts, videos and soundtracks explaining you the creation of Czechoslovakia or as Czechs call it the First Republic.

Listen to the folk and classical music

The Strážničan cimbalom band founded in 1986 in Strážnice, where even the famous Czech composer Leoš Janáček drew inspiration from for his masterpieces, will enchant you with the South-Moravian rhythms. Good wine, love and joy are at the heart of all their melodies. In addition, you will have a chance to enjoy masterpieces of Czech classical music played by various artists or folk music by Czech singer.

Learn about the Czech Republic from various angles

Do you know what the Czech language sounds like? Would you like to be able to order a beer in it? You can participate in our short language course and learn the most important basics of one of the most difficult languages in the world. Did you know that the country is very convenient to travel by train? Come listen to the seminar "Train journey in the Czech Republic" by Tobe Isao who is specialized in train travel. He just came back from his latest expedition. If you're not a fan of discovering the country by train, come to the presentation “The Czech Republic - From the perspective of a university student".

The charm of the country outside of the capital is reflected in: "Photogenic trips from Prague in summer & winter". A unique presentation carried out by Czech Goodwill Ambassadors 2018 will be introduced by a beer specialist.

Well-known translator of Czech literature, Tokyo University Prof Kenichi Abe will talk about Prague as a capital of arts in the 20th century. How to experience the Czech Republic through culture faraway here will be addressed by blogger Tomaki in his presentation: “Looking into the Czech Republic in Japan".

Enjoy a broad variety of workshops

The traditions and customs deeply rooted in South Moravia also arrived in Japan. You can see how we integrate traditional patterns into our modern life and create a folkloric bracelet in one of our workshops. If you are a fan of Czech jewelry, play with magical beads famous for centuries. We do not only hang the beads around our neck; you can also create your very own Christmas decorations.

Are you worried about your kids getting bored?

Try on traditional Moravian costumes, take a photo with them and if you are brave enough, get face paint decorations. Share your love for the Czech Republic and get a Czech present.

Have you ever visited and experienced the Czech Republic in the past? Share your memories with us. Bring objects related to the Czech Republic such as photos, tickets, a paper napkin, etc. and stick it into our book with your comments. Let’s create our very first Czech LOVE BOOK together. When leaving, do not forget to write down your messages and interests you tend to share on our map of the Czech Republic. Should you listen carefully during our presentations, it will be easy for you to respond to a quiz after each of them and win some of our prizes. Post your experience from the event with #czechfestival2018, and  get a real Czech present. Those who share their thoughts with us through our questionnaire may get one too.

Date: Sept 28-30, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Venue: Harajuku Quest Hall 1-13-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

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I visited Czech in 92 for backpacking right after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Amazing beer for like 10 yen, dinner for 25 cents, subway 4 cents! I bought a bottle of beer (pivo plenske?) at a supermarket and put it in the freezer 30 minutes then drank the most heavenly beer of my life.

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I agree Czechia will take some getting used to, but things like this take decades to normalize.

The Czech Republic is the official formal name, but almost every country has an official name and a common usage name. Nobody says Kingdom of Denmark or Slovak Republic, they use the common terms, Denmark and Slovakia.

When Czechoslovakia was split, the Slovak Republic (official name) ended up with the "ia" suffix. So the adjective Slovak could easily be converted to the noun Slovakia in English, and thus English speakers call the Slovak Republic, Slovakia when referring to it in common speech.

The Czechs just got stuck with the adjective. Although in Czech language that's fine, because Ceska can easily change to Ceski or Cesku or Cesko and be used differently in sentences, allowing the republica portion to be easily omitted.

However, English speakers are stuck always having to add the "Republic" to the adjective "Czech" and also the article "The" when referring to it in a sentence. Thus making for the rather long winded "The Czech Republic". No other country in Europe suffers this oddity.

People always confuse Latvia with Lithuania and Austria with Australia (notice the common ia ending), but that's their problem. They should study geography. Just because someone confuses Chechnya with Czechia doesn't mean we shouldn't use the standard English naming format.

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Burning Bush

Various Czech governments have been trying to promote the name “Czechia” for decades (English teachers – I was one – were ordered to teach this in the mid-1990s [we ignored this]), one of the (ridiculous) reasons being that anything with “republic” in its name sounds rather like a backward country, with hints of Communism.

However, despite your arguments, it is (unregulated) English that dictates what a country will be called in English; this is not something that can be imposed by a foreign government. Czechia sounds awful and so English speakers have an aversion to it (plus it is more readily confusable with Chechnya than you might imagine).

Furthermore, not even the presidential office (https://www.hrad.cz/en) and the cabinet office (https://www.vlada.cz/en/urad-vlady/) use Czechia, despite all the fanfare – they simply acknowledge that “Czechia” has been registered for UN purposes, but otherwise hasn’t caught on.

Nevertheless, now that Google has adopted “Czechia”, it may gain some traction. As for your claims regarding Cechy (Bohemia) and Cesko, there is no way on this godly earth you can historically equate them to “Czechia”.

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Being born in Moravia, Ostrava (now living in Canada) I very pleased the Japanese get this presentation of the Heart of Europe culture!

When young and growing up in Moravia my father always would talk about Japan, the technology, the culture. Unfortunately under the Soviet Bloc the hope of visiting Japan, at least for an ordinary citizen, seemed an impossible dream so Japan remained this mysterious place of advancement on the other side of the Euro-Asian continent!

Thank-fully this has changed! This exhibit sounds great! I do urge the Japanese to attend the tradition 'cymbal' music performance of Southern Moravia!

And to the compatriots above trying to say "from Czech Republic" ... would you simply not say "Ja jsem z čech!"

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I am really interested in Czech history and the language, and love the architecture of Prague, but have only ever been to Slovakia. I would love to go to this festival! Not a lot of Japanese people know about the Czech Republic compared to the western European countries; it would be nice to change that.

Burning Bush, if you're on a Mac, you can type a haček easily on the international keyboard by pressing option-V and then the letter. It even works for the little hačeks that look like apostrophes. Let's see if this displays correctly: čtvrť 

Not sure what you do on Windows though!

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I can't remember hearing Ceska republika in a daily discourse from Czech speakers, I often heard "v Cechach" (anglicized spelling - literal translation - something like in the Czech lands or the Czech realm). The only place I saw Ceska republika was on Hockey jerseys.

After the breakup in 93, the Czech Republic was a hastily decided upon term to describe the newly formed country in English. The Czech government has been lamenting the fact that no noun in English actually exists for the country, so Czechia was decided up a few years ago. Whether it sounds nice to Czech speakers is not of key relevance, it's a noun in the English language that was actually used in the past and reviewed for this purpose.

In fact, Czechia is just Bohemia + Moravia (and I guess Silesia). In this part of the Europa "ia" was added to form the noun for the area name, like the regions above or Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia or Slovenia.

You may be aware that the correct and official name of Germany in English is "The Federal Republic of Germany" but nobody actually uses that on a daily, regular basis. They just use the common noun "Germany". "Czechia" is the common noun for "The Czech Republic".

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The English name is still "the Czech Republic", and most Czechs (myself included) prefer to use it instead of "Czechia".

"Já bydlím v Česku" is the correct spelling.

"z Česka" is the correct form, "od Česku" doesn't make any sense.

That being said, "Česká republika" is actually used quite often. "Česko" is more colloquial, and wouldn't probably be used in certain situations (like at school, for example).

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That's true. I would use "Česko" when speaking Czech language but never say such a word as Czechia in English. It's awful.

Anyways, I'm happy to see there's a festival about our country. I love Japanese culture so much and it's nice to know they like ours. That reminds me of the visit of Czech language students from Japan with us – the students of Japanese – in České Budějovice. They all were charmed by our town and all of them had a keychain with Krteček. :D

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I'm from Czech Republic and use the term Czechia only in case that somebody doesn't know there's no Czechoslovakia anymore but two countries: Czechia and Slovakia. :)

Czech Republic, definitely.

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marcelito - you may be right, the inflection will change depending on the subject.

One thing's for certain, the official name form of "Česká republika" would not be used by a native Czech speaker in a sentence.

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Not " od Cesku" but " z Ceska" :) .

Same shortened version as saying I,m from Aus / Aussie or US.

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Yes, but officially Canada is the Dominion of Canada but nobody uses it in day to day language nor does anyone say The Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In Czech, a person would say “Ja bidlim v Cesku” (sorry accents are missing but it means I live in Czechia).

Go to the festival and ask any of the Czechs where they are from, they'll most likely answer “od Cesku” which means from Czechia.

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The English name is no longer "The Czech Republic", it has been changed to Czechia.

No, the name of the country in English is still "The Czech Republic". In the Czech language the name is "Česká republika". Czechia is simply a Czech government approved short form.

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The English name is no longer "The Czech Republic", it has been changed to Czechia.

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