Tove Jansson and the Impact of Japan Conference

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):


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




Moderator:   Anna-Maria Wiljanen


Tove Jansson and Japanese Aesthetics

Miki Tokoyoda, Independent researcher, The Moomin Museum



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

Eija Niskanen, Researcher, University of Helsinki



Tove Jansson and Japonism

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


14:45           BREAK




Moderator:   Boel Westin


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

Miki Tokoyoda, Independent researcher, The Moomin Museum



Thingumy, Bob and Too-ticky in Moomin franchise

Harri Ruohonen, Researcher, Daito Bunka University



”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


Day 2: Thursday, November 28th

10:00    Welcome, Anna-Maria Wiljanen



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



Seasons and nature as a metaphor

Miki Tokoyda, Independent researcher, The Moomin Museum



Music plays inside Moomin Art and Stories of Tove Jansson

Heikki Mäenpää, Executive producer, Harjula Production Oy Ltd.


12:15    LUNCH




Moderator: Boel Westin


Tove Jansson and Japanese Creators

Hiroko Yokokawa, Editor



Why do we love ‘Moomin’  – a Japanese perspective

Arisa Kawasaki, Creative Director


14:15    BREAK



Moominvalley Park

Robert Hirst, Chairman, Moomin Monogatari Ltd.


15:15    PANEL DISCUSSION with the conference speakers

Moderator: Anna-Maria Wiljanen



Anna-Maria Wiljanen


Organized by:    The Finnish Institute in Japan

Supported by:    Moomin Monogatari Ltd.