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Saga ×FINLAND Collaboration Event in metsa Pavilion” was held at the metsa pavilion, the first in Japan.

Saga Prefecture and the Embassy of Finland in Japan held the SAGA ×FINLAND Collaboration Event in metsa Pavilion on the premises of the Finnish Embassy on December 11 (Saturday) and 12 (Sunday), Reiwa 2021.

At the opening ceremony, the logo of “FIN-SAGA”, which is based on the motif of wood and water surface, which is a symbol of rich nature common to Saga prefecture and Finland, was announced by Governor Yamaguchi and Ambassador Orpana with the wish that “cooperation between the two regions will sprout in various fields and grow greatly”, and the image of “metsa” (forest) and the annual ring of the tree “we will mark the time of cooperation for many years to come” Both signed the logo plate with the thought.

In the talk session that followed, Governor Yamaguchi expressed his expectation for the future, saying, “Saga and Finland have something in common that people live richly and happily, and we think we have a lot to learn by becoming win-win,” and ambassador Orpana said of the unveiled logo, “The logo is a symbol of finland and Saga, and we can take a new step today.” There was a comment.

In this event on the theme of the affinity between Saga and Finland, there are talk sessions and exhibitions, workshops and Molok experiences of Himmel and Ozaki dolls, and even finnish tango and air guitar performances, “I liked Finland and participated, but I was interested in Saga”, “I’m looking forward to the connection between Saga and Finland as a model case in Japan” There were comments such as, and visitors enjoyed it in the homey atmosphere of metsa pavilion decorated with Christmas decorations.
 

  • SAGA×FINLAND Collaboration Event in metsa Pavilion

▲From the thought that ▲From the thought that “we will mark the time of cooperation for many years to come”, the governor and ambassador’s signature was put on the plate made by making use of the annual ring of the tree

▲In the talk session between Governor Yamaguchi and Ambassador Orpana, the past and future of Saga prefecture and Finland were talked about.▲In the talk session between Governor Yamaguchi and Ambassador Orpana, the past and future of Saga prefecture and Finland were talked about.

▲Items and initiatives from both regions were exhibited on the theme of affinity between Saga and Finland▲Items and initiatives from both regions were exhibited on the theme of affinity between Saga and Finland

▲In the talk session on ▲In the talk session on “environment”, “design”, “charm” etc. of Saga and Finland, the charm and affinity of both regions were talked about.

▲Workshop on ▲Workshop on “Himmel”, a traditional Finnish decoration

▲Workshop of saga's traditional toy ▲Workshop of saga’s traditional toy “Ozaki doll”

▲Air guitar performance originated in Finland▲Air guitar performance originated in Finland

▲Molok Experience by the Japan Molok Association▲Molok Experience by the Japan Molok Association

 

  • Outline of “SAGA×FINLAND Collaboration Event in metsa Pavilion”

Date and time:
Saturday, December 11, Reiwa 2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, Reiwa Part 1 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Part   2, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: metsa pavilion (3-5-39 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer: Embassy of Finland in Saga, Japan
Co-organizer: Saga City
Admission: Free (35 people each time by lottery)
Contents:
(1) Opening Ceremony *Saturday, December 11 only
Date: Saturday, December 11, Reiwa 2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
attendance:
Saga Governor Yoshiyoshi Yamaguchi
Mr. Pekka Orpana, Ambassador of Finland to Japan

(2) Talk session
Saturday, December 11
①「FIN-SAGA」
Speakers:
Saga Governor Yoshiyoshi Yamaguchi
Mr. Pekka Orpana, Ambassador of Finland to Japan

(2) Open-AIR Saga × The Charm of Finnish Tourism
Speakers:
Yukiko Koyama, Policy Coordination Director, Saga Policy Department
Mr. Koichi Numata, Senior Commerce Officer, Commerce Department, Embassy of Finland in Japan, Visit Finland Japan Bureau

Sunday, December 12, 2019
A Recycling-Oriented Society of Saga City and Finland
Speakers:
Mr. Shuji Maeda, Biomass Industry Promotion Division, Planning and Coordination Department, Saga City
Mr. Inca Risa Hakara, Ministry of Commerce, Embassy of Finland in Japan

Sunday, December 12, Part 2
Design Thinking and Administration
Speakers:
Saga Policy Department Saga Design Promotion Director Hiroshi Ejima
Mr. Raetta Prontakanen, Counsellor, Public Relations Department, Embassy of Finland in Japan

(3) Exhibition
(1) Crafts of Saga Prefecture and Finnish design
Hizen × Hizen 5 (1), Ozaki Doll, iittala, Nabeshima Dandori, Finlayson
Arita ware limited to Moominvalley Park

(2) Cosmetics of Saga prefecture and Finland
TBK (2), Francilla (3)

(3) Sustainable products
PURE WASTE(4)、BALLOON+HOZU BAG(5)、

(4) Child-rearing goods
Asuka Kobo (6), Finnish Childcare Package

(1) Pottery casual brand of Saga
(2) Cosmetics using camellia oil from Ka karashima, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
(3) Organic cosmetics from Finland
(4) Recycled clothing brands from Finland
(5) Bag using balloon spherical skin
(6) Toy workshop in Saga City

(4) Music
Finnish tango (December 12 only)
Finnish tango was born around the same time as Finland’s independence,
It has a history of about 100 years. There are still many lovers in Finland.
It can be said to be one of finnish cultures.

Air guitar performance (December 12 only)
The Air Guitar World Championships are held every year in Finland. As its name suggests
It is entertainment that can entertain people even if there is no guitar.

(5) Workshop
Himmely: A traditional Finnish decoration made with straw.
Cooperation: Saga nogi

Ozaki dolls: It is a traditional saga toy that makes you feel the warmth of the soil with pottery dolls transmitted to the Ozaki Nishibu district of Kanzaki Town.
Cooperation: Saga Ichihinodo
URL: https://sagaippindou.stores.jp/

(6) Molok Experience
Moluk is a sport developed based on the traditional kikka game of The Karelia region of Finland.
Cooperation: Japan Molok Association
URL: https://molkky.jp/

About the efforts of Saga and Finland
Saga Prefecture was selected as a pre-camp site for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games because of its relaxed scenery similar to Finland, and exchanges began in earnest. Since 2019, we have been holding events in the prefecture to experience Finnish culture. Saga promotes exchange and cooperation in a wide range of fields with Finland.

About metsa pavilion

The metsa pavilion was opened in the fall of 2020 by Business Finland on the premises of the Finnish Embassy in Japan with the Finnish Embassy and its partners.

The property represents Finnish wooden architecture and design, and under the themes of nature, technology and sustainability, it served as a partner house “Home of Finland” for the Finnish national team during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
metsa pavilion official website https://www.businessfinland.fi/ja-jp/tokyo2020finland

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