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Sansou research project

New interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with the Finnish Institute in Japan and Associate Professor Taishi Watanabe from Waseda University: The Finnish Artists’ Colonies villas and the Japanese Sansou in modern Age – their similarities through the lense of National Romanticism and togetherness with nature. Upcoming events: Sansou research seminar May 13th, 2024: More details… Read more »

Almost Perfect 2024: Emmi Jormalainen

        Emmi Jormalainen has been chosen to participate in the 2024 Almost Perfect -residence program.    Emmi Jormalainen is a visual artist and a silent book creator, who has illustrated dozens of children books. She has an MA in Graphic Design from Aalto University, Finland. In her work she focuses especially on visual… Read more »

Runeberg Torte Recipe

Today is the Runeberg Day that pays tribute to Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804 – 1877), Finland’s national poet. Runeberg was an epic poet who also wrote the lyrics to Finland’s National Anthem.     On this day the Finns traditionally eat Runeberg torte, a sweet pastry said to be created by Runeberg’s wife Fredrika Runeberg (1807 –… Read more »


The Finnish Institute in Japan will host three Finnish language courses this spring (2024).  Timetable for the Finnish language courses  Beginners Course   February 9th 03.00 – 05.00 pm  February 16th 03.00 – 05.00 pm  February 23rd 03.00 – 05.00 pm (Online due to Public Holiday)   March 1st 03.00 – 05.00 pm  March 8th 03.00 –… Read more »

Literary Salon

Hiroko Suenobu  Graduated from Tokai University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Nordic Literature and gained M.A. in Finnish Literature from the University of Tampere, Finland. She is a part-time lecturer at Shirayuri Women’s University. She has translated many Finnish contemporary literature and children’s books, including “Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster” and was awarded… Read more »


The Finnish Institute in Japan offers a working space for a Japanese or Finnish researcher, whose topic is related either to Japan or to Finland. The working period can be one month or two months starting from February 1st, 2024. Kindly send your application by January 8th, 2024 to Warmly welcome!   Photo: Finnish… Read more »

New project manager of the Finnish Institute in Japan Jenna Tavasti

Photo: Jenna Tavasti   The Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Japan has chosen MA Jenna Tavasti as the new project manager of the Finnish Institute in Japan for the next three-year term starting from 1.1.2024. The project manager is responsible for planning and coordinating the implementation of the institute’s activities related to science and… Read more »

Intimate Entanglements: Contemporary Finnish Fashion

The exhibition Intimate Entanglements: Contemporary Finnish Fashion situates at the intersection of novel politicization and digital disruption of fashion. Through the works of Finnish fashion designers and brands, the exhibition explores the intimate relationship between the body and the clothes, and how digitalization impacts it. The exhibition shows how designers challenge body norms as well… Read more »

Exhibition Collage: The Eloquence of Paper

Harri Kalha, Ph.D., (b. 1962) is a visual artist as well as a scholar and a non-fiction writer. In the late 1980s Kalha frequented the “drawing school” of the University of Helsinki and participated in various art courses. A year spent at Académie Roederer in Paris secured his artistic conviction. His central concern became the… Read more »

Communicating culture and traditions

The annual Finnish-Swedish week Hallå Tokyo! is here! This year the theme is Communicating culture and traditions. Come and join us and celebrate the Finnish-Swedish culture!  Hallå Tokyo! 31.10.–3.11.2023 Kindly see the attached programme. Registration for all events at: Photos: Pexels, Lee Esselström, FIJ, Jonne Räsänen / Otava, Nina-Maria Oförsagd