Feel Finland

Event Type:

Concert, Other, Performing Art, Workshop

Location:

Tokyo

Event Description

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Embassy of Finland in Tokyo will open its doors to the general public for the first time on Sunday, April 14th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland. Visitors will be able to enjoy Finnish culture, tradition and fun within the Embassy compound. Registration starts from the below link on March 25th. Children are most welcome to attend our family event!

The admission-free event is co-organized by the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Institute in Japan, Business Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The event opens at 10:30, and closes at 17:00. There will be outdoor program starting at 11:00 and 14:00, along with indoor workshops, exhibitions and sauna “löyly” experience. Also tastes of Finnish food and beverages (limited amount only) and design products will be on sale.

■When: Sunday 14th April 2019
Doors open at 10:30, event ends at 17:00
■Where: Embassy of Finland in Tokyo
3-5-39 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
*Rain-or-shine event. No umbrellas allowed inside the Embassy premises for safety reasons; please bring raincoats
*no parking space available
*No baby strollers allowed inside the Embassy premises due to limited space. Please put them at the allocated place next to the front entrance. Please use baby slings inside

 

AREA MAP→ PDF FEEL FINLAND AREA GUIDE

FLOOR GUIDE→ PDF FEEL FINLAND FLOOR GUIDE

PROGRAM → PDF FINAL program in English

10.30 door opens

First stage

11:00 Opening address
11:20 Eva Alkula (Kantele) & Tomoya Nakai (Koto)
11:40 Tokyo Street Ballet
11:45 Poetry Miiko Toiviainen
12:00 Tango Alakulo
12:20 Vilma Timonen (Kantele)
12:35 Air guitar12:50 Artist talk with Marianne Backalén
13:10 Isac Elliot
13:30 Folk dance by Salla Ketonen & Prasu

Second stage

14:00 Opening
14:20 Eva Alkula (Kantele) & Tomoya Nakai (Koto)
14:40 Tokyo Street Ballet
14:45 Poetry Miiko Toiviainen
15:00 Tango Alakulo
15:20 Vilma Timonen (Kantele)
15:35 Air guitar
15:50 Artist talk with Marianne Backalén
16:10 Isac Elliot
16:30 Folk dance by Salla Ketonen & Prasu
17:00 Program ends

FEEL FINLAND PERFORMERS

EVA ALKULA & TOMOYA NAKAI

Cultural exchange between Finland and Japan has been Eva Alkula and Tomoya Nakai’s enthusiasm since 2006. They play modern models of traditional musical instruments, the Finnish kantele and the Japanese koto.

TOKYO STREET BALLET

Tokyo street ballet will perform a choreography called: From winter to spring made by Ville Valkonen. With classical music composed by Erik Tulindberg. The piece makes a journey through Finnish crazy cold wintertime, to a relieving sunny spring. Ville Valkonen is a Finnish choreographer and dancer as well as a former artistic director of Ballet Finland. Ishihara Kazuki began classical ballet from age of four and contemporary dance from age of 15 at Avec Grace Ballet. He is a member of the Nakamura Megumi Choreographic Center.

MIIKO TOIVIAINEN

Miiko Toiviainen is a Helsinki-based actor and the winner of the prestigious Veikko Sinisalo -competition for young reciters in 2018. Toiviainen graduated from the Finnish Theatre Academy in the spring of 2018, and has since been performing e.g. in the Helsinki City Theatre, NAMT musical festival in New York and Stella Polaris Improv Theatre.

VILMA TIMONEN

Vilma Timonen is a master of the traditional Finnish instrument kantele, composer and lecturer of folk music in Sibelius Academy. She has been one of the pioneers to use the kantele in different ways: she was one of the first artists to play the electric kantele and has especially focused on developing the role of the kantele as a diverse band instrument.

TANGO ALAKULO – JARMO JULKUNEN & CHRISTIAN GARRICK

Tango Alakulo combines traditional Finnish tango with contemporary styles to make urban music of our time. Although the group’s name “alakulo” means “melancholy”, their work is far from monotone. In Feel Finland event, Tango Alakulo is represented by the ukulele talent Jarmo Julkunen and the award-winning jazz violinist Christian Garrick.

AIR GUITAR

Kanagawa IQ Chairman of the Japan Air Guitar Association. Music artist at Sony. Keisuke 4th prize at the World Air Guitar Championship 2014. YouTuber followed by over 80,000 viewers.Tam Champion at Japan Air Guitar Competition 2016. Professional Reggae Dancer. Performed in MVs of popular artists such as Keyakizaka, Momokuro and E-girls. Shariten Kd 4th prize in Japan Air Guitar Competition 2018, 12th in World AG Championship 2018. Punk band Ferrari’s guitarist.

MARIANNE BACKLÉN

Author Marianne Backlén has published 14 books, most of them novels. She is interested in social issues, the world of young people, gender equality, comparative religion, contemporary art and dance. Backlén also writes for various culture magazines and blogs about life in Helsinki. She is currently the artist in residence in Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo.

ISAC ELLIOT

Internationally one of Finland’s most well-known pop stars, Isac Elliot, became a household name all over the Nordic countries after publishing his first single “New Way Home” when he was only 12 years old. Now, at the age of 18, he has played sold-out arenas in Scandinavia, toured around Europe and gathered a dedicated army of fans. His songs have been streamed over 180 million times on Spotify alone. He is a multiple MTV Music Award winner and a multiple Emma Gaala winner (Finnish Grammys). In Berlin in February 2019 Isac signed a historic international recording contract, for a Finnish act, with Universal Island.

SALLA KETONEN & PRASU

Prasu (“fire” in Turku dialect) is a group of dancers and musicians teamed together especially for Feel Finland.We’ll perform traditional Finnish folkdances with a fun twist. Salla Ketonen from Turku, Finland has been a member of a folkdance group Virsut from 1996 to 2012. Every year Virsut took part in multiple national and international dance festivals and performances. Ms. Ketonen has been teaching and performing Finnish folkdance in Japan since 2018.

WORKSHOPS

NOVITA MOOMIN YARN KNITTING CLUB

Time: 10:45-12:45, 13:00-15:00, 15:15-16:45. Capacity: 40 seats per session
Come and enjoy the Finnish way of knitting! Participants will learn how to knit a hat or socks by using Novita Moomin yarn! The Institute will provide the yarn and the needles.We can accommodate 35 people in each workshop, but advance registration is required by April 8th at 10:00AM

LACE MAKING – TARMO THORSTRÖM

Time: 11:00-13:00, 13:45-16:45
Tarmo Thorström is an artist and a teacher specializing in lace making, the old handicraft tradition of his hometown Rauma. Thorström is especially known for developing different lace making techniques. In April 2019, he will be the first person in Finland to get handicrafts specialist qualification (käsityömestari) in lace making.

HIMMELI – EIJA KOSKI

Time: 11:00 (takes 5 hours to complete) Capacity: 20 seats
Welcome to the fascinating world of Himmeli – a traditional Finnish decoration made of straw! Himmelist Eija Koski teaches the participants of this workshop how to make your own himmeli. The Institute will provide the material.

The workshop begins at 11:00 and ends at 17:00. Completing the himmeli requires the full duration of the workshop, so please make sure that you can be present for the entire session. We can accommodate 20 people in the workshop, but advance registration is required by 8th April 10.00.

Eija Koski is a craftswoman specializing in himmeli, a traditional straw ornament typically hung from the ceiling. Fascinated by the geometric harmony and meditative beauty of the himmeli since her youth, Koski has written three books on the subject, and regularly holds workshops. Her first exhibition in Japan was in 2015.

PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITIONS

IKEBANA x Finnish flower arrangement demonstration

Kumi Henttinen and Kozue Kazama demonstrate three works each of Ikebana and Finnish floral design. They explain the similarities and differences of Japanese and Finnish arrangements during the performance.

Kumi Henttinen graduated from Kempele Horticultural College in Finland, studying under Nordic flower design pioneer Jouni Seppänen. After returning to Japan in 2007, she founded LINOKA Kukka Flower Design Association, holding flower arrangement classes and doing collaborative events with Finnish brands. She tied up with one of the top flower artists Pirjo Koppi since 2015 to promote bilateral exchanges in the fields of flower design.

Kozue Kazama started training for “Ikenobo” (the origin of Japanese flower arrangement Ikebana) since 1981. She teaches ikebana to children in schools and local cultural classes, also holding lessons abroad. She regularly exhibits her artworks in different places.

FINNISH FOOD – SAMI TALLBERG

Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Sami Tallberg is a chef and food writer who has published several cookbooks in many languages. He is an expert and consultant in Finnish wild food and foraging, specializing in Nordic and new wave vegetarian cuisine as well as raw foods. He gives lectures and holds workshops as well as foraging courses around the world.

YAMAHA:

Racing the World’s Best with Japan — Jarno Saarinen, the “Flying Finn”
Some 50 years ago back in the early 1970s, Japanese motorcycles began to take the world by storm. It was in this era that Jarno Saarinen emerged on the road racing scene like a comet from Finland, his unique riding style permanently changing the sport and fans hailing him as one of the best to ever race a motorcycle. Eventually entering the history books as the first Finnish motorcycle racing World Champion, he was loved the world over as the “Flying Finn” and remains a legend to this day. Discover the footsteps he left in Japan’s motorcycle history at Yamaha Motor.

TOURISM

FINNISH COMPANIES – FCCJ
Nokia, Outokumpu, Vaisala, UPM-Kymmene, Genelic

OTHERS

STAFF SAUNA LÖYLY

You can see “löyly,” the vapor that arises by pouring water on the hot stones, inside the 1st floor sauna for Embassy employees (can’t actually bathe in sauna).

TALK TO A FINN

You can talk freely and casually with Finnish Embassy staff here. Maybe you can try out your Finnish language skills, or ask about daily tasks at the Embassy. Enjoy!

VR FINLAND EXPERIENCE

You can have a virtual reality experience of the City of Helsinki, and enjoy going to Finnish sauna with the Embassy mascot “Fintan” as guide.

COLORING EMOJI

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland was the first in the world to publish “emoji” as a governmental institution.  Children can enjoy coloring emoji pictures that symbolize Finland.

COMPANIES

Arco Design www.arcostore.jp
Kyro Distillery Company https://kyrodistillery.com
Arnolds http://www.arnolds.co.jp
Lapuan Kankurit lapuankankurit.jp
Helsinki Distillery
Lilla Dalarna http://dalarna.jp/
Hukka Design www.hukkajapan.com
Liquors Hasegawahttps://www.liquors-hasegawa.com
HÄRKIS™ FINLAND
Lovi   Artek   Verso   Finlayson 
Japan Media Sales   Moomin stand  Novita
Scandex www.scandex.co.jp

Start Date

2019-04-14    10:30

End Date

2019-04-14    17:00

Venue Name

Embassy of Finland, Tokyo

Organized By:

Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Institute in Japan, Business Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Facebook URL:

https://www.facebook.com/FinnishEmbassyTokyo

Twitter URL:

https://twitter.com/FinEmbTokyo

Website:

https://www.japanfinland100.jp/feel-finland-finnish-culture-traditions-and-fun-for-everyone-at-the-embassy-compound/

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