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100th Anniversary of Finland's independence – let's celebrate together!

Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari

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!

Jukka Siukosaari
Ambassador of Finland to Japan


 How to get your event in the calendar?

Please send email to  with at least the following information:

  • Name of the event
  • Date, time and place
  • Short description of the event
  • Link to the event website (or other contact information of the main organizer)

Please note that the Embassy reserves the right to moderate the contents of the events list.

More information about :
Read more about the history of Finland:


Launching of the
Fintan's centennial stories 
Short animations featuring Fintan and Finland-Japan relations in the honor of the centennial.

Press release 2.27.2017
Episode 1 'Unique World Championship'

Press release 4.13.2017

Episode 2 'Encounter under the cherry trees!'

Press release 9.15.2017
Episode 3 'Presenting Japan-Finland Award'


"My Finland" Photo & Illustration Contest
Winners anounced on 5.23.2017

......pdfSuomi100 events January -May...

Ainola Concert vol.13
Yuko Kimura Piano Recital

Yuko Kimura, piano and Reetta Näätänen, clarinet perform Sibelius. Madetoja and Busoni

The Lutheran Hall, Sapporo

Vänskapens blomma

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 Piano Duo Recital

Kyoko Fukushi and Peter Lönnqvist trace back the history of Finland with piano music.

Kawaguchiko Enkei Hall, Yamanashi
Gotanda Bunka Center, Tokyo 
Koumimachi Järvi Hall, Nagano


Wind blows from Finland
Masato Inouse (baritone), Ami Kanaji (soprano), Toshiharu Kotaki (piano) perform songs and piano pieces of Sibelius, Merikanto and Kilpinen.

Sophia Saal Salon, Tokyo

Hokkaido University Finland Day
Enjoy midsummer!

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
- Japanese and Finnish music by piano and cello

Itaru Ogawa, pianist and Christopher Gibson, cellist duo recital performing Japanese and Finnish music, as Sibelius Palmgren and Kuula.

Chikufudo Daimon Hall, Nagano
Yanaka Ongakku Hall, Tokyo

Janne Tateno produces a chamber concert series - J.Sibelius and E.Englund
Janne Tateno, violin
Ari Inubushi, violin
Nao Kaneko, viola
Saeko Tominaga, cello
Masayo Miyata, piano

for further information: Ensemble Midori,

Salvia Hall, Music Hall, Tsurumi Kumin Bunka Center 3F, Yokohama

Come to Finland!
Vintage travel poster fair and Nordic market

Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 7F Interior floor, Tokyo

Himmeli Friendship 2017 in Engaru

Eija Koski, a himmeli artist, is invited to hold workshops, exhibition and concert.

Engaru town, Hokkaido
7.22.- 9.3.Exhibition

marimekko - Design, Fabric. Lifestyle 

Approximately 50 fabrics and 60 invaluable vintage dresses, design sketches and
documents are on display

Akita Senshu Museum of Art

Finnish Design 2017
About 600 items from master pieces by Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck to current design products by Harri Koskinen, Heini Riitahuhta are exhibited.

Fukui City Art Museum

Universal Nature - Rediscovery of Kalevalaby 6 Contemporary Japanese Artists

Yusuke Asai, Hideki Iinuma, Yuji Ota, Tomoko Kounoike, Shiriagari Kotobouki, Ayumi Tanaka

Sezon Art Gallery, Tokyo

A dinner to taste Finnish lingonberry

The Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu serves seasonally a dinner course with lingonberry from amuse to desert.

Shibiuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo

Finnish Design 2017
About 600 items from master pieces by Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck to current design products by Harri Koskinen, Heini Riitahuhta are exhibited.

Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo

The bells-Finland 2016/2017
Annu Aalto Exhibition

Photos of winter scenery in Helsinki are exhibited.
Sokyusha Gallery, Tokyo
Concert and Lecture

Finland 100 Music History

Kantele Japan, The Sibelius Society of Japan, Japan Finland Contemporary Music in cooperation hold the commemorative events.

September 24 15:00

Minna Raskinien Kantele Concert and Lecture on Finnish traditional music

November 4
Satu Jalas, granddaughter of Jan Sibelius, Talk and Concert

Symposium '100-year-history of Finland'
panelists: Toshi Ichiyanagi, Junko Ochi, Juha T. Koskinen, Seppo Kimanen, mc: Yuri Nitta

September 24
at Shiodome Hall, Tokyo

November 4
at Sumida Tryphony Hall, Tokyo


Melody of Finland in Kamakura vol.2
Tomoko Maekawa, soprano

Naoko Ichihashi, piano
Songs and piano pieces of Sibelius and other Finnish composers are performed.

Kamakura Adult Education Center Hall, Kanagawa

Healthy Joy Festival with Finland

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
Aki Rissanen from Finland solo live. Admission free.
For further information:

Nam Hall, Kyoto

Finnish Design 2017
About 600 items from master pieces by Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck to current design products by Harri Koskinen, Heini Riitahuhta are exhibited.

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

Miyagi prefecture

Tempera Quartet 2017 Japan Tour
Tempera Quartet, a string quartet representing Finland and commemorating 20th anniversary of their career this year, makes Japan tour for 3rd time since 2005. Pieces of Sibelius and other Finnish composers are performed.

10.30. at Munetsugu Hall, Nagoya

11.1. at Tsurumi Kumin Bunka Center Salvia Hall, Yokohama



52nd JAPEX Stamp Exhibition

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

Tokyo Bunkakaikan

Finland Day 2017

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 Soprano Charity Concert

Yoko Maria, who has connections to Finland, sings to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Finland's independence.

Kioi Hall, Tokyo
11.15-17.Trade fair

Japan Home & Building Show 2017

Japan's largest construction and interior design trade fair, with a number of Finnish companies participating.

Tokyo Big Sight East Hall1-3, Tokyo
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

IFFT Interior Lifestyle Living 2017

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

Finnish tango in 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

Winter Premium Concer with violin and piano

Joint concert with violinist Janne Tateno and pianist Martti Rautio

Sabae Bunka Center, Fukui

Hirosaki Finland Christmas Market

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

The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, together with soprano Erika Koron, perform at the 36th Hosei University Campus Concert.

Hosei University Tama campus, Tokyo
12.2. -Film

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
'Moomin and Midsummer Madness'(2009),
and 'Moomins and the Comet Chase'(2010) make a theatrical release followed by the 3rd puppet animation all though Japan.

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

"Finnish Christmas"

A lecture on Finnish Christmas traditions and culture, along with a kantele concert.

Hanno City Children's Library, Saitama

Musical to celebrate 100 years of independence "The Story of Finland"

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


Finland 100 Pop Up

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

Janne Tateno Concert Series No. 4 "Sibelius"

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

Tokyo Fraude Choir 20th Concert

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

Marimekko Spirit - Elämäntapa (Marimekko Way of Life)

Exhibiting Marimekko's history and the company's design philosophy. A Marimekko-designed tearoom and sauna also on display.

Talk events:

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




Hayami Chichiro Christmas Concert with Janne Tateno

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

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