Finland will celebrate its first century as an independent, democratic state in 2017. On
6th December, 1917, Finland claimed independence when the Parliament approved the declaration of independence.
The special year will be celebrated with many events throughout Finland as well as around the world. Japan is no exception, as there are plenty of cultural and other Finland-related events planned to take place across the country.
The theme of the centennial is "together", and we invite all Finns and friends of Finland in Japan to take part in the celebrations throughout the year. We wish to have multiple organisers and actors in Japan to join the party and organize their own events to honor the centennial.
The aim of the event calendar below is to list all Finland 100 related events taking place in Japan during 2017. The initial listing is not fixed nor exhaustive, and we invite all Friendship Associations, Finland related organisations and other groupings of friends of Finland in Japan to contact us to get their event included in the calendar throughout the year (see instructions below). The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo is naturally planning to contribute its share on the list of events. Please stay tuned and follow also our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information.
Let's make this remarkable year unforgettable together!
Ambassador of Finland to Japan
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Please note that the Embassy reserves the right to moderate the contents of the events list.
More information about : www.suomifinland100.fi
Read more about the history of Finland: https://finland.fi/life-society/main-outlines-of-finnish-history/
Launching of the
"My Finland" Photo & Illustration Contest
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Yuko Kimura, piano and Reetta Näätänen, clarinet perform Sibelius. Madetoja and Busoni
|The Lutheran Hall, Sapporo|
Nanako Yoshiizumi, soprano, Yukari Komagamine, mezzo-soprano and Zenta Yoshizumi, piano
Program: Sibelius, Merikanto, Dvorak, Schubert, Mozart
|Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall|
Aaltomuoto sarja vol.6
Kyoko Fukushi and Peter Lönnqvist trace back the history of Finland with piano music.
Wind blows from Finland
|Sophia Saal Salon, Tokyo|
Hokkaido University Europe Helsinki Office organizes lectures on life style, education, literature in Finland and relation between Finland and Japan.
Admission free and open for public.
|Graduate School of Health Science, Hokkaido University|
Sound of forests, songs of lakes
Chikufudo Daimon Hall, Nagano
Yanaka Ongakku Hall, Tokyo
Janne Tateno produces a chamber concert series - J.Sibelius and E.Englund
for further information: Ensemble Midori, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Salvia Hall, Music Hall, Tsurumi Kumin Bunka Center 3F, Yokohama|
Come to Finland!
|Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 7F Interior floor, Tokyo|
Eija Koski, a himmeli artist, is invited to hold workshops, exhibition and concert.
|Engaru town, Hokkaido|
Approximately 50 fabrics and 60 invaluable vintage dresses, design sketches and
|Akita Senshu Museum of Art|
Finnish Design 2017
|Fukui City Art Museum|
|Sezon Art Gallery, Tokyo|
The Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu serves seasonally a dinner course with lingonberry from amuse to desert.
|Shibiuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo|
Finnish Design 2017
|Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo|
The bells-Finland 2016/2017
|Sokyusha Gallery, Tokyo|
|Concert and Lecture|
Finland 100 Music History
September 24 15:00
Melody of Finland in Kamakura vol.2
|Kamakura Adult Education Center Hall, Kanagawa|
Healthy Joy Finland, organized for the second time, brings Finnish sports like "mölkky" and Nordic walking, alongside culture, such as music and sauna, to Osaka's Tsurumi Ryokuchi park. Outdoors.
|Tsurumi Ryokuchi park, Osaka|
Aki Rissanen (piano solo) Charity Concert
|Nam Hall, Kyoto|
Finnish Design 2017
Lecture events (only in Japanese)
11.4. 13:30 Miyagi Art Museum lecture hall "Finnish design: inspired by life and happiness"
Lecturer: Yoshiko Morishita
12.2. 13:30 Tohoku Institute of Technology Ichibancho Lobby, 2F hall "Nordic and Finnish lifestyle and design: design from products to construction"
Lecturer: Mitoshi Ishii and Hiroki Umeda from the Tohoku Institute of Technology
12.5.-7. 15:00-17:00 Miyagi Art Museum entrance "Lighting event"
A candlelight celebration of the 100th year of Finnish independence
Tempera Quartet 2017 Japan Tour
10.30. at Munetsugu Hall, Nagoya
11.1. at Tsurumi Kumin Bunka Center Salvia Hall, Yokohama
A special exhibition "Finland 1856-1875" displaying Finnish stamps.
|Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center, Taito-kan|
Hannu Lintu conductsTMSO and The Polytech Choir Male Chorus performing Symphony Kullervo by Sibelius at Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra 842nd Subscription Concert
A joint event between Finnair and Kansai International Airport (KIX). The day includes lectures, workshops and events presenting upcycling, along with stalls selling Nordic goods.
|drapeau Exhibition Space, Osaka|
Yoko Maria, who has connections to Finland, sings to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Finland's independence.
|Kioi Hall, Tokyo|
Japan's largest construction and interior design trade fair, with a number of Finnish companies participating.
|Tokyo Big Sight East Hall1-3, Tokyo|
363rd ginza graphic gallery exhibition: Marimekko Spirit - Paavo Halonen / Maija Louekari / Aino-Maija Metsola
Three Marimekko designers display their work for the company along with their own personal works. Additionally, all three have designed a new pattern based on the theme of "Japan."
|ginza graphic gallery, Tokyo|
16 Finnish companies are taking part in the 2017 Interior Lifestyle Living trade fair in Tokyo.
|Tokyo International Exhibition Center "Tokyo Big Sight"|
Finnish Films Aki Kaurismäki loves
Six of director Aki Kaurismäki's favorite Finnish films shown in Shibuya's Euro Space movie theater.
'People in the Summer Night' (1948, dir. Valentine Vaara )
'The White Reindeer' (1952, dir. Erik Blomberg)
'The Boys' (1962, dir. Mikko Niskanen)
'The Diary of a Worker' (1967 dir. Risto Jarva)
'Dolly and Her Lover' (1990, dir. Matti Ijäs)
'Last Cowboy Standing' (2009, dir. Zaida Bergroth)
|Euro Space, Tokyo|
A special event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence!
The event will begin with a brief lecture on the history of tango in Finland, followed by Finnish tango dancing.
|Kumin Hall, Minato Ward Akasaka Kumin Center, Tokyo|
Life in Finland
The event presents Finnish fashion, design and food products in Matsuya's Ginza store for two weeks, along with small exhibitions about life in Finland and the newest Moomin puppet animation film. Santa Claus himself will be present on the 9th of December!
|Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo|
Finland 100: a look to the future
Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Finland to Japan, Mr. Juha Niemi, holds a lecture in an event jointly organized by the Hokkaido Finland Society and the Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center, celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence.
|Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo, 3F Ohgi-room, Hokkaido|
Joint concert with violinist Janne Tateno and pianist Martti Rautio
|Sabae Bunka Center, Fukui|
Taking place in the northern Aomori prefecture, the event includes the former library building lit with Christmas illuminations and a museum exhibiting Finnish design. The market sells local handicrafts and food from a special Christmas menu.
|Former City Library, Hirosaki, Aomori|
The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, together with soprano Erika Koron, perform at the 36th Hosei University Campus Concert.
|Hosei University Tama campus, Tokyo|
Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
|Marunouchi Toei, Tokyo, etc.|
|12.2. - 23.||Theater|
Japan-Finland theater project presents: Arto Paasilinna's Year of the Hare (Ikou! Nousagi)
Juha Mäkelä, formerly a director at Finland's National Theater, together with theater director Seiri Kurosawa, present a stage version of Arto Paasilinna's famous book, Year of the Hare. This is the first time the play has been performed in Japanese.
12.2.-3. Hanno Shimin Kaikan, Saitama
Waseda Dramakan, Tokyo
|12.3.||Concert and lecture|
A lecture on Finnish Christmas traditions and culture, along with a kantele concert.
|Hanno City Children's Library, Saitama|
Post-independence history of Finland in musical form, by Finnish composer Lasse Heikkilä. Performed in 5 locations around Japan.
Inquiries: Shimizu City Church, tel: 054-388-9000
12.6. Shiga prefectural arts theater, Biwako-hall
12.7. Shimizu Terrsa-hall, Shizuoka city
12.8. Tokoha university auditorium, Shizuoka
12.10. Hanno community center, Saitama
Opening on the 6th of December, Finland's Independence Day, the event brings together a group of top Finnish design brands. In addition to selling brand products, the pop up includes a series of 100 workshops, talks and moments about Finland and its design, arts, literature and history.
|21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Gallery 3, Tokyo|
Violinist Janne Tateno performs two concerts in Yokohama.
Daytime concert 14.00-15.00
Evening concert "Sibelius night" 19.00-21.00
Inquiries: Ensemble MIDORI 090-3864-5522
|Tsurumi Ward Cultural Center Salvia Hall, Yokohama|
The concert is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Finland's independence and of Asia premier of Beethoven's 9th symphony.
|Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall|
Exhibiting Marimekko's history and the company's design philosophy. A Marimekko-designed tearoom and sauna also on display.
12.18. 18:30-19:10 "Elämäntapa (Marimekko Way of Life)"
Lecturer: Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, Marimekko home collection director of design and product development
12.18. 19:10-19:40 "Marimekko design meets the tea room"
Lecturer: Sami Ruotsalainen, designer of Marimekko glass and ceramic products
|Gallery A4, Tokyo|
A joint concert by harpist and soprano Chichiro Hayami and violinist Janne Tateno. The night opens with Sibelius' Finlandia hymn.
12.16. Kyoto Sei Yohane Kyoukai
12.23. Sonorium, Tokyo