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Coffee Hour: Bulgaria - Small Is Beautiful

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: June 2003, Topic: Coffee Hour

Can one imagine ten nations with five basic religions, living in peace in one country in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula? A king, being prime minister in a normal, contemporary democracy? A valley, supplying rose oil for the perfume industry all over the world. Alpine-type mountains, vineyards and grain fields, and a beautiful seaside with wide, sunny beaches on a territory, three times less than the size of Japan?

"The Land of Roses", "A Piece of the Heaven", "A Land, Touched by God", "The Little Switzerland" - these are only few of the descriptions given to Bulgaria through the ages. Only the last one seems to be not entirely true, for Switzerland is associated rather with richness and welfare, which are not Bulgaria's strong side: it is rich in its nature, people and culture.

It has one of the first written laws in Europe, excluding the Roman Empire; a strong influence of the Byzantine culture; the invention and spread of the Cyrillic alphabet, which became the common written language in all of the Slavonic Orthodox Christian countries; flashes of a Renaissance 100 years before Western Europe and the salvation of the Bulgarian Jews during the Second World War. All of these things are a unique reflection of all the stormy history of this land, lying on the crossroads between Europe, Asia Minor and Middle East. The mystery of the Bulgarian voices, a piece of which is penetrating space with the Voyager II and the extraordinary capability of the people of this land to live in peace nowadays add to the above achievements and characteristics. With these amazing natural conditions, human-friendly climate and direct, open, cheerful people, none can resist falling in love with this country!

This month's guest speaker, Ms. Irina Papadopulowa Uzunowa, from Sofia, Bulgaria, will talk about the history and the culture of her wonderful country, Bulgaria. She graduated from a theatrical academy in Sofia and now lives in Tsukuba with her family. She is enjoying her stay in Japan.

Date / Time: June 25 (Wed.) 14:00 to 16:00
Guest: Ms. Irina Papadopulowa Uzunowa
Place: Tsukuba Information Center

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