The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo has taken a unique approach to celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence: by creating a dance video together with the Finnish-Japanese idol group, Pinky! Noora & Petra. The video serves as the embassy's response to the Dancing Finland -campaign, where Finns around the world are encouraged to celebrate Finland's 100th year of independence by filming their own dance videos and posting them on social media.
Pinky! Noora & Petra - often shortened as Pinope - made their debut earlier this summer in Japan. The 3-member group consists of Pinky! (Ayane Fujisaki), from the well-known idol group Denpagumi Inc. and Tampere-born Finnish sisters Noora and Petra.
In the music video the embassy's staff, led by Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, dance to Pinope's "Koi suru Helsinki (Helsinki in Love)", a song from the group's second single album. The music video, filmed at the embassy's premises, was filmed by video director Sari Kodaka, in cooperation with Pinope's "I BLUE" label, a part of the Teichiku Entertainment company.
In the video, the embassy staff is wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the embassy's famous mascot, Fintan. Fintan himself has had a busy year performing the lead role in three animated shorts, produced by the embassy to celebrate the 100th year of Finnish independence. The shorts were recently introduced to karaoke establishments across Japan under the Joysound brand, with the dance video similarly available from December 9th. More information on the embassy's cooperation with JOYSOUND is available here.