Rumi Okamoto elected as the new Office Manager of the Finnish Institute in Japan

 

The Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Japan has elected Bachelor of Arts Rumi Okamoto as the Office Manager of the Finnish Institute in Japan for a three-year period starting on May 20th, 2019.The institute is located in Tokyo.

Rumi Okamoto has previously worked as the Client service assistant manager at Sotheby’s Japan. She also has work experience from various art galleries in Japan. 

The Finnish Institute in Japan is an academic and cultural institute operating in Tokyo. It identifies and anticipates the development and cooperation needs of Finland and Japan, especially in the fields of science, culture and higher education, and helps potential partners to find each other between Finland and Japan.

 The Finnish Institute in Japan is in the middle of eventful years. This year marks the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan and next year Tokyo will host the Olympic Games.

  Finland has 17 cultural and academic institutes in total around the world. The Finnish Institute in Japan is currently the only office in Eastern Asia.

 For more information, please contact the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan, Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen, (anna-maria.wiljanen@finstitute.jp, tel. +81 80 4069 7846).      

Registration for the Finnish Language and Culture Course in Joutseno has started!!

Come and experience Finnish life, learn Finnish language and culture in Joutseno, Finland this autumn! You can participate in Finnish language lessons, handicraft workshop, sauna, walks in the nature and many other activities! Please register now since we can only accept maximum 25 people. 

[Itinerary]

September 15th (Sun.):We will meet up in Helsinki Airport, then travel to Joutseno, where we will stay for 5 days.

September 16th (Mon.) ~ 20th (Fri.) : You’ll have large varieties of activity everyday! 

(Finnish language lessons, picking up berries and mushrooms in Finnish forests, Lecture on Finnish society, handicraft workshop, visit to schools, preparing traditional sweets, sauna and lots more! )

Septemer 20th (Fri.): Travel back to Helsinki

 

[Participation Fee]

Adult:137,000 JYN

Child under 2 years old: 10,000 JYN / Children between 2 and 6 years old: 18,500 JYN 

・Included:Accommodation (either 1 or 2 room) for 5 nights, 15 meals and coffee time, materials for workshop, train ticket between Helsinki-Joutseno-Helsinki

・Excluded:Flight ticket between Japan-Finland-Japan

 

[Application and Inquiries]

Please download and fill in the application form. You can send it via email or post. 

The Deadline for the application will be on Wednesday 31st July 2019.

Practical matters:Akari Hara (Academic Research Coordinator) 

Tel:03-5447-6036 (Japan)

Email: science@finstitute.jp

Address:Finnish Institute in Japan,

                 3-5-39 Minami-Azabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

 

[Download the application form from here (*Japanese Only)]

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The Secret Universe Exhibition at Helsinki Design Museum

 

 

The Secret Universe exhibition at Helsinki Design Museum presents the work of dynamic designer duo Aamu Song and Johan Olin! They have travelled around the world, seeking folkloristic spirit in traditional crafts techniques and manufacturing skills. These trips have resulted in art objects, clothing, accessories and furniture made together with local masters of crafts.

The exhibition will present Song and Olin’s artistic process from travelling to meeting craftsmen, from correspondence to production and to completed objects. Several masters have been invited to Design Museum’s special events, the Holy Days, which will be held during the exhibition. The Holy Days will feature Japan in May, the Finnish craft heritage in June, Russia in August, and Mexico in September. In addition to these Holy Days, workshop events for the visitors will be held monthly. The exhibition will be open until the 22nd of September.

For more information: http://www.designmuseum.fi/en/events/special-events-of-the-secret-universe-exhibition/

 

 

Diplomatic Relations 100-year Anniversary Photo Competition

 

We are launching a photo competition!   

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland we chose the theme “100”! This could be interpreted any way you like. 

How do I participate? 

You can enter the competition either by posting your photo on Instagram and using the hashtag ‘#JPNFINphoto100’ OR by sending your entry photo to us at info@finstitute.jp (for subject line please write “Photo competition 100”). The deadline is 31st of May and you can enter with more than one photo! 

A jury consisting of the staff at the Finnish Institute will choose 3 winners who will receive a great prize! The winning photos will be posted on our social media. 

This is your chance! Let your creativity flow and show us your best results!  

Feel Finland 14.4.2019

 

 

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who attended Feel Finland – the biggest cultural event of this year that marks the centennial of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan! The event was historic in many ways – it was the largest Team Finland collaboration ever, it was the first open day at the Embassy of Finland’s compound and it was a major success with a total of 1200 participants! 

Special thanks to our excellent performers Vilma Timonen, Marianne BacklénMutsuko and Hisashi Yamamoto, Sami Tallberg, Tarmo Thorström, Miiko Toiviainen as well as Tango Alakulo (Jarmo Julkunen and Christian Garrick)!  

The first Knitting club with Novita Moomin yarns was a huge success! The workshop attracted 90 participants spread over three different sessions – the youngest participant being a 9-year-old boy! Many thanks to our sponsor Novita Knits for the yarns, needles and patterns! 

And finally, our utmost thanks to the magnificent Team Finland in Tokyo as well as the outstanding staff of the Finnish Institute in Japan! 

TOGETHER – we made this day an unforgettable one! 

Akari Hara elected as the Academic research coordinator of the Finnish Institute in Japan

 

The Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Japan has elected Bachelor of Arts Akari Hara as the Academic research coordinator of the Finnish Institute in Japan for a three-year period starting on April 8th 2019. The Academic research coordinator is responsible for planning and coordinating the research projects, seminars and conferences of the Institute. The institute is located in Tokyo.

Akari Hara has previously worked both in corporate life and in international organizations.

The Finnish Institute in Japan is an academic and cultural institute operating in Tokyo. It identifies and anticipates the development and cooperation needs of Finland and Japan, especially in the fields of science, culture and education, and it also helps potential partners to find each other between Finland and Japan, as well as Eastern Asia on a wider level.

The Finnish Institute in Japan is in the midst of eventful years. The Institute celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. This year it will take part of the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan, and in 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympic Games.

Finland has 17 cultural and academic institutes in total around the world. The Finnish Institute in Japan is currently the only office in Eastern Asia. More information: Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan, Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen, (anna-maria.wiljanen@finstitute.jp, tel. +81 80 4069 7846).

Finnish-Japanese Contemporary Circus Project

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan, contemporary circus artists from both countries come together for a new collaborative project.

Ilona Jäntti. Photo: Claire Bilyard

The project begins in May with Ilona Jäntti’s workshops in Setagaya Public Theatre and Setouchi Circus Factory. The workshops also double as auditions for a shared performance later.

In the summer, a Japanese artist visits Finland to work with Jäntti and other Finnish participants.
The grand finale of the project is a collaborative show to be held in Fukuoka Civic Hall at the end of the year.

Applications for performers to join the workshops are open until April 15th. For more information, please visit Setagaya Public Theatre’s website.

Vacant post at the Finnish Institute in Japan

 

The Finnish Institute in Japan (FIJ) promotes Finnish science, culture and higher education supporting and enabling co-operation and dialogue between Japan and Finland. The Institute identifies and recognizes trends and co-operation possibilities connecting potential collaboration partners. The Institute is part of Team Finland in Japan and one of the 17 Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes.

The Finnish Institute in Japan is looking for an Office manager as soon as possible or according to agreement.

As the Office manager you will take care of the different tasks related to the office management. The Office Manager will organize and coordinate office administration and procedures, in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Other tasks include administrative and executive support related tasks and coordinating FIJ’s activities such as events, meetings and seminars. The office manager will work under the guidance of the Director of the FIJ.

In order to manage the task successfully, the applicant should have

* An academic degree

* Fluency in written and spoken English

* Native-level Japanese language skills

* Ability to work in a small but dynamic organization where tasks and duties may vary

* Knowledge of Finnish culture and experience of studying and/or doing research in Finland

The employment contract will be made for a period of three years with an option for renewal.

Please send your motivation letter and CV, in English, to anna-maria.wiljanen@finstitute.jp by March 29, 2019.

Inquiries and more information: Director Anna-Maria Wiljanen, anna-maria.wiljanen@finstitute.jp, +81 (0)80 4069 7846

Available for phone inquiries on Tuesday March 26, at 2-4pm.

Women’s Empowerment seminar: Women, you CAN HAVE IT ALL! How to combine work and family life!

Women’s Empowerment seminar: Women, you CAN HAVE IT ALL! How to combine work and family life!

Come and listen to the intriguing life stories and panel discussion of our distinguished speakers on March 12th, 2019 at 3:15-6:00PM at Meiji-Kinenkan! Women’s empowerment reception will be held right after the seminar at the same venue.

Program

3:15 Doors open

3:30 Welcome (Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan, Dr Anna-Maria Wiljanen)

3:50 My story (H.E. Ambassador of Iceland, Elin Flygenring)

4:10 Questions and answers

4:20 My story (President of S2, Hiroko Uakomura)

4:50 Questions and answers

5:00 My story (President and Chancellor of Showa Women’s University, Mariko Bando)

5:20 Questions and answers

5:30 Panel discussion

6:00 Questions and answers

6:10 Women’s Empowerment reception and networking

7:30 Reception ends

Registration is now open! https://goo.gl/forms/xFPUUdkOwOkm4Sog2

Admission free, advance registration required.

Contents and schedule may be subject to changes.

 

 

 

Social Portrait – A performance by Katriina Haikala

Social Portrait is a performance and an empowering art project where artist Katriina Haikala draws 1000 portraits of individuals who identify themselves as women. Social Portrait embraces diversity, equality and intimate encounters where the models are elevated, seen and accepted as they are. It creates a community by bringing together women all around the world.

The drawing takes a form of a performance. While Katriina is drawing she is not looking at the sketch at all – instead she looks at the model intensely.

Social Portrait – a performance by Katriina Haikala

February 25th (Mon) – March 3rd (Sun) 11:00 – 20:00
Venue: Spiral Entrance (Spiral 1F), 5-6-23, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Performance times
Feb. 25 (Mon) 11:00 – 13:00, 16:00 – 18:00
Feb. 26 (Tue) – Mar. 1 (Fri) 12:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 18:00
Mar. 2 (Sat) 11:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 16:00
Mar. 3 (Sun) 11:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 16:00, 18:00 – 20:00
Free / No reservation required 

Artist Talk: Strong Finnish Women

Thursday 28th February at 19:00 – 21:00, Spiral Room (Spiral 9F)

Katriina Haikala will discuss her art, performance and artistry with the director of the Finnish Institute in Japan Anna-Maria Wiljanen in Spiral Room (Spiral 9F) on Thursday 28th, February. The talk will be followed by an informal reception.
Free, please register for the artist talk by e-mail to info@finstitute.jp

Katriina Haikala: Social Portrait

Katriina Haikala: Social Portrait

 

Social Portrait project has been curated and executed in collaboration with:
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland 2017
Turku Biennale, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland, 2018
Finnish Institute in London, London, United Kingdom, 2017
Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland 2018

Social Portrait project has been curated and will be executed in collaboration with:
EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland 2019
Finnish Institute in Germany, Berlin, Germany 2019
Macro Museum, Rome, Italy 2019
and still more to come

BIO
Katriina Haikala lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (BA) 2016 and has worked as an independent artist since year 2007. Haikala has a successful career as an international artist and has launched highly regarded and socially impactful art and fashion projects like Monokini 2.0 which empowers survivors of breast cancer and challenges the aesthetic of high fashion and commercial culture, Dystopia/Utopia, a photography project that gives a voice to socially disadvantaged young people, and Hairy Underwear Collection, a bold in-your-face underwear collection that puts the hair we try to hide front and center.

In her work Haikala has explored crossovers between community and visual art, fashion, design and performance art. Her work emerges from norm criticism and passion to reveal prevailing power dynamics in society. She is especially interested in the challenges women face due to gender biases and addresses as well as explores the role of women in Western culture and in society. She produces works together with communities, with aesthetic interest and a critical eye on our social environment.

Katriina Haikala has been showcasing her artwork in galleries and institutions in New York City and Washington DC (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Berlin (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), St Petersburg and Murmansk (Russia), and in several other cities.Katriina Haikala’s tireless effort to change the world one mind at a time is not limited to practicing art. For the past nine years she has been a highly regarded university lecturer at Aalto University, a mentor for students in the University of the Arts Helsinki, and a coach giving high-end team building and development trainings to dozens of Finnish and international organizations. She truly believes in art being the essential element in societal change and an entity that enables communities to grow.
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