Tove Jansson and the Impact of Japan Conference

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November 20, 2019
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The Finnish multitalented artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is widely known in Japan. She visited various places in Japan and filmed her experiences, but what was the impact of Japan to her literary production and to her as an artist? Come and listen to Finnish, Swedish and Japanese researchers intriguing presentations and panel discussion! Lunch boxes are available on both days, and conference attendees can participate in an excursion to Saitama Moominvalley Park on November 29th (see details on Peatix, link below)!

Conference days:
November 27th (Wed) 10:00 – 17:00 and reception
November 28th (Thu) 10:00 – 16:00

Excursion day:
November 29th (Fri)
Bus leaving from the Finnish Institute in Japan at 09:00

 

For more information and registration (deadline November 24th): https://tovejanssonjapan2019.peatix.com

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM  (Changes are possible)

Day 1: Wednesday, November 27th

10:00           Registration

10:30           Welcome, Anna-Maria Wiljanen

10:40           Opening of the Conference, Mr. Pekka Orpana, Ambassador of Finland

 

11:00           KEY NOTE 1

A hundred miles of silence. The Moomin stories of Tove Jansson

Boel Westin, Professor Emeritus, University of Stockholm

 

12:15           LUNCH

 

 

~SESSION 1  

Moderator:   Anna-Maria Wiljanen

13:15 

Tove Jansson and Japanese Aesthetics

Miki Tokoyoda, Independent researcher, The Moomin Museum

 

13:45  

“Moomins changed everything” – The influence of Moomin animations to Japanese animators

Eija Niskanen, Researcher, University of Helsinki

 

14:15

Tove Jansson and Japonism

Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Director, The Finnish Institute in Japan

 

14:45           BREAK

 

 

~SESSION 2  

Moderator:   Boel Westin

15:15 

Lost in Translation? How much the translation is truthful to its original text?

Miki Tokoyoda, Independent researcher, The Moomin Museum

 

15:45  

Thingumy, Bob and Too-ticky in Moomin franchise

Harri Ruohonen, Researcher, Daito Bunka University

 

16:15

”What will happen to “Moomin without Tove Jansson”? From the survey of 100 Japanese teenagers

Kimiko Matsui, Children’s Books Journalist, librarian, CEO of MightyBook

 

16:45           Summary of the first day

 

17:00           RECEPTION

 

19:00           END OF THE DAY

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Day 2: Thursday, November 28th

10:00    Welcome, Anna-Maria Wiljanen

 

~SESSION 3

Moderator: Anna-Maria Wiljanen

10:05    KEY NOTE 2

Solitary Wanderers and the Fear for Being Average: The Paths and the Barriers of Young and Old Individuals in Tove Jansson’s Literature

Sirke Happonen, Associate professor, University of Helsinki

 

11:05

Seasons and nature as a metaphor

Miki Tokoyda, Independent researcher, The Moomin Museum

 

11:35 

Music plays inside Moomin Art and Stories of Tove Jansson

Heikki Mäenpää, Executive producer, Harjula Production Oy Ltd.

 

12:15    LUNCH

 

 

~SESSION 4

Moderator: Boel Westin

13:15 

Tove Jansson and Japanese Creators

Hiroko Yokokawa, Editor

 

13:45

Why do we love ‘Moomin’  – a Japanese perspective

Arisa Kawasaki, Creative Director

 

14:15    BREAK

 

14:45 

Moominvalley Park

Robert Hirst, Chairman, Moomin Monogatari Ltd.

 

15:15    PANEL DISCUSSION with the conference speakers

Moderator: Anna-Maria Wiljanen

 

15:45    CLOSING REMARKS   

Anna-Maria Wiljanen

 

Organized by:    The Finnish Institute in Japan

Supported by:    Moomin Monogatari Ltd.