Suomi Alumni network launched
On Saturday 26th May the first "Suomi-alumni" event for those having lived half a year or more in Finland, was held at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. Participants included both exchange students just recently returned from Finland and working people who lived in Finland during the 80's. The event, originally proposed by ambassador Siukosaari, was relaxed and fun: the program included live music, barbeque and Finnish summer games.
Crunch or cringe? Finnish companies cultivate insect cuisine
How would you feel if you found yourself facing a plate of food made from bugs? At an insect cuisine tasting event, the crowd seems anxious but eager. Insect eating looks set for a breakthrough in Finland, especially as regulations are changing. And we’ve got recipes!
Finland-animations to be available in karaoke booths across Japan
Starting from the 28th of October, thousands of karaoke establishments across Japan will begin offering Finland-related video content, ranging from Visit Finland-produced tourism promotion to short anime films the embassy has produced for Finland's 100th anniversary. The date marks start of the cooperation between the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo and Japan's second largest karaoke equipment and content company XING Inc. under its Joysound brand.
Fintan anime's last episode is finally here! Interview with Director Kenji Itoso
The Embassy of Finland's twitter mascot Fintan becoming an anime series is the first time that a mascot of any embassy in Japan was featured in animated form. Made to commemorate Finland's 100 year anniversary, the anime was made in hope of further warming the relationship between Finland and Japan as we prepare to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of our countries' diplomatic relationships in 2019. The third and final episode was released on September 15.
Interview with the Finnish and Japanese idol group Pinky! Noora & Petra
This summer, a unique idol group named "Pinky! Noora & Petra" will make its official debut in Japan. The unit consists of sisters Noora and Petra from Tampere, and Ayane Fujisaki a.k.a. Pinky!, a member of the already popular idol group "Dempagumi.inc." Pinky! Noora & Petra is probably the only idol group in Japan that has girls from Western countries as members. The Embassy of Finland interviewed them in July, before their debut single "Aurora to Peace" comes out on August 23.
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