Category: News

International Women’s Day 2022 Celebration

The Finnish Institute in Japan wishes every girl and woman a hopeful International Women’s Day and encourages everybody to #BreakTheBias. Imagine a diverse, equitable and inclusive world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Together we can force women’s equality…because we can #BreakTheBias. Come and meet us Tuesday March 8th at 9AM-10AM in front of the National Azabu… Read more »

Quite Japanese – Yet So Finnish: Kaija + Heikki Siren

The exhibition examines Kaija and Heikki Siren’s long-term relationship with Japan, and features their wooden architecture in both Finland and Japan.  The Finnish architect couple Kaija Siren (née Tuominen, 1920–2001) and Heikki Siren (1918–2013) designed and realised several projects for Japan, a country much admired by numerous Finnish architects. The extensive collection of articles on the Sirens’ architecture published… Read more »

Åland 100 Knitting Competition Winners

The winners of the hugely popular Åland 100 Knitting competition have now been selected, thank you so much to everyone who participated! All of the entries were excellent, so the decision was really hard to make, but in the end Ms. Megumi Shibata was chosen as the winner with her lovely Åland-coloured cardigan! Prizes will… Read more »

Miila Westin: Mythical

Have you heard of Rongoteus or Ägräs? Miila Westin’s exhibition of Finnish mythical beings is part of her Master of Arts thesis in Aalto University. While researching the Finnish ancient religion the illustrator noticed how abundantly there were myths and stories which were not a part of the national epic of Karelia and Finland, The… Read more »

Grandmother square blanket instructions

A special Knitting Club for combining the grandmother square blankets will be held on Monday December 13th at 13–14:30PM. The event will be held as a hybrid event on site at the Metsä Pavilion as well as online on Zoom! There are no strict rules about the size of the blanket, so you may make… Read more »

Finnish Design for Everyday Life – Tokyo Exhibition

– Patterns and Forms Inspired by Nature The legacy of modernism is still strongly present in the day-to-day lives of Finns. The Finnish Design for Everyday Life – Patterns and Forms Inspired by Nature exhibition showcases this history, design and art of modernism from the 1930s to the 1970s. The exhibition sheds a light on the… Read more »

Hallå Tokyo!

Welcome! The Finnish Institute in Japan will be hosting the annual Finnish-Swedish Week from Monday November 8th to Friday November 12th. This year’s events will discuss the Finnish-Swedish people in politics, entrepreneurship and entertainment outlining the impact of they have made both in Finland as well as internationally! The week will traditionally end with the… Read more »

Finland Film Festival 2021

Finland Film Festival 2021 introduces five new Finnish films to Japan: “Lady Time” (original title: Neiti Aika) “Any Day Now” (original title: Ensilumi) “Forest Giant” (original title: Metsäjätti) “Laughing Matters” (original title: Naurun varjolla) “Eden” (original title: Eden) The festival runs from Saturday November 13th until Friday November 19th at the Eurospace in Shibuya, Tokyo…. Read more »

European Literature Festival 2021

Finnish author Sami Hilvo will take part in the European Literature Festival 2021. He will have an online talk event on November 25th, 2021 at 18:00 in Japanese. An excerpt of his latest novel Species-typical Behaviour (2020) can be read on the festival website. For more information, please visit Sami Hilvo (b. 1967) is… Read more »

Eliel Saarinen exhibition in Iwaki

Eliel Saarinen and His Beautiful Architecture in Finland Finland is renowned for its beautiful forests and lakes. It is also home to Finnish modernism, an architectural style that is also popular in Japan. One major figure who helped develop the style was Eliel Saarinen (1873–1950). Saarinen founded an architectural firm with university friends Herman Gesellius… Read more »