Finnish-Swedish culture showcased during theme week

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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 Strömman. In addition, Arisa Kawasaki from Moomin Monogatari, the company building the Moomin theme park in Hanno, Saitama will be speaking.

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The guests are all top-notch artists and creators of the Finnish cultural scene. A distinguished freelance photographer, Katja Hagelstam opened the gallery / concept store Lokal in 2012 which has since been featured in for example New York Times, Financial Times’ How to spend it and Vogue Living. The artist Ville Andersson was awarded as Finland’s Young Artist of the Year in 2015, and has since exhibited both in Finland and abroad, including Tokyo. Awarded Graphic Designer of the Year back in 2013, but known especially through social media, Kasper Strömman recently won the prize for the funniest blog in The Blog Awards Finland, and was also nominated for the voting of the Swedish-Finnish person of Finland’s Centennial Celebration year.

For the event’s Osaka installment on 13th of November, Andersson and Hagelstam will take the stage. Held in Osaka University of Foreign Studies campus, the event will also introduce themes of education. Osaka’s seminar and student meeting will be hosted by the Swedish language professor Daisuke Furuya, and thanks to the gifted students the presentations will be held in Swedish. In addition, the project’s coordinator Henrika Laiho from The Finnish Institute in Japan will speak about Swedish-speaking education in Finland.

In Tokyo the event is open for the public, and held on 14th of November at The Swedish Embassy, from 3PM to 7PM. At the Tokyo seminar, all the Finnish-Swedish guests as well as Arisa Kawasaki of Moomin Monogatari will present.

For the event at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, please RSVP:

https://goo.gl/forms/T0FmbzJvHwQa9gU32

or to info@finstitute.jp

Address:

the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo
1-10-3-100 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

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