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Finnish-Swedish culture showcased during theme week

Finnish-Swedish culture showcased during theme week

The Finnish Institute in Japan once again organizes the Swedish-Finnish week. Fairly unknown abroad, but both historically and today an essential part of Finnish culture, Swedish-Finnish culture is introduced in two seminars held in Osaka and Tokyo. The event with the theme Finnish-Swedish design, lifestyle and bilingualism, will present the following speakers to the Japanese audience: gallerist-photographer Katja Hagelstam,  artist Ville Andersson and blogger and graphic designer Kasper...

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On artist residencies and their impact – FIN/JPN Lab part III

On artist residencies and their impact – FIN/JPN Lab part III

The Finnish Institute in Japan has long been active in organising artist residencies between Finland and Japan. Enabling art professionals’ to work in another country is a concrete example of the institute’s role as a link in the cultural sector. The residencies not only provide the artist the opportunity to gain new inspirations and viewpoints to their work, but also create new, long-lasting connections and strengthen already existing networks. One of the institutes long time...

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Year of the Hare – a Finnish-Japanese theatre project

Year of the Hare – a Finnish-Japanese theatre project

Ever wanted to escape the everyday life filled with work and stress? Let go of everything and just spontaneously get carried away? These thoughts and themes are in the focus of the story in The Year of the Hare, familiar to Finnish people as the hit novel by Arto Paasilinna, as well as its theatre and movie adaptations. In 2017, the breakaway of a middle aged man – triggered by a rabbit – can be witnessed on stage in Japan: The play will premiere in Hanno as well as Tokyo in...

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Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen appointed the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan

Dr. Anna-Maria Wiljanen appointed the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY ANNA-MARIA WILJANEN APPOINTED THE DIRECTOR OF THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN JAPAN FOR THE PERIOD 1 JANUARY 2018–31 DECEMBER 2020 The Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Japan has appointed Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Social Sciences Anna-Maria Wiljanen the Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan for a three-year period commencing on 1 January 2018. The institute’s director is responsible for planning the academic and cultural programmes and projects, managing public...

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The Finnish Institute at Habitare Design Fair in Helsinki 13-17 September 2017

The Finnish Institute at Habitare Design Fair in Helsinki 13-17 September 2017

Habitare, the leading furniture, design and interior decoration fair is organised on the 13th to 17th of September in Helsinki. The fair offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functioning and look of homes and other spaces. To be held concurrently with Habitare are the Antiikki – antique event, HighEnd Helsinki, Showroom and Forma events for professionals. This year Japan will be presented through multiple topics. From left: Kati Laakso (The Finnish Institute),...

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This Place is Nowhere – Juuso Noronkoski´s Exhibition at Loko Gallery in Tokyo, 8.9.-7.10.2017

This Place is Nowhere – Juuso Noronkoski´s Exhibition at Loko Gallery in Tokyo, 8.9.-7.10.2017

This Place is Nowhere is a part of an ongoing project by Juuso Noronkoski consisting of photo, video, object and text-based works. Noronkoski examines the borderlines of the photographic image in relation to its forms of perception in the real world – the demarcation between objects, images and written language. More specifically, how each individual means of expression, with different temporal and material qualities, contribute to a common conversational space. The photographs that are taken...

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