• Japanese culture can be enjoyed in Helsinki this October. (c) Visit Helsinki
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Japan Week in Helsinki, 21-26 October

Japanese culture can be enjoyed in Helsinki this October during Japan Week, during which around 500 Japanese artists in various disciplines will perform.

Japan Week is an international event that takes place each year in a different country, bringing around 60 performing groups at a time to the host city. Helsinki is the first city in the Nordic region to host the event. The programme in Helsinki will include dance, music, handicrafts, ikebana, origami, samurai performances, taiko drumming, kimonos, koto music and much more.

The opening event will take place at the Kamppi shopping centre (Urho Kekkosen katu 1) on 21 October.

Japanese culture will be presented through exhibitions, workshops and performances at Annantalo (Annankatu 30) from 22 to 25 October and Wanha Satama (Pikku Satamakatu 3-5) from 22 to 26 October, as well as at evening performances at the Savoy Theatre (Kasarmikatu 46) throughout the week from 21 to 26 October.

(c) Tokara / IFF

The Japan Week programme at the Savoy Theatre includes performances by Wadaiko drumming group Tokara, thrilling audiences with its amazing rhythms and unbelievable speed, and Atsushi Masuda (EcKoto Creations), who combines traditional Japanese Koto music with jazz and other influences, as well as a calligraphy performance by the calligraphy club from the Kinjo Gakuin University.

Takarazuka Sado Dokokai is among the tea ceremony clubs that will be at Annantalo from 22 to 25 October. Annantalo will also be hosting a major exhibition presenting SIMA, which combines traditional calligraphy with contemporary elements, and Fukuru, which designs traditional Japanese kimonos.  

(c) Takarazuka Sado Dokokai / IFF

Wanha Satama in turn will be hosting the Art Cross exhibition presenting over a hundred Japanese works of art, including paintings, calligraphy, photography and a wide range of other art.

The programme also includes cultural exchanges in which the Japanese groups will visit schools and service centres for the elderly and offer the chance to learn more about Japanese art forms through workshops and lectures.

Japan Week Programme

Opening festival at Kamppi shopping centre Wed 21 October

  • Kamppi shopping centre at 12-13
    Performing groups: Kottsu Japan, Hachimae, Kinjo Gakuin University Calligraphy Club, Nanjing Tamasudare Rakusyoichimonkai, Taiko-shu Shoko.
  • Narinkka square at 14-15, outside Kamppi shopping centre (in case of rain, this part will be cancelled)
    Performing groups: Tokara, Colour guard circle Luster, Hachimae
  • Kamppi shopping centre at 14.55-15.05
    Performing groups: Ensemble liberta
    Opening ceremony and opening speeches by Mayor of Helsinki Mr Jussi Pajunen, the Ambassador of Japan, his excellency Kenji Shinoda and Chairman of International Friendship Foundation Mr Kazuo Aichi, Tokara, The Samurai Sword Artists KAMUI, Colour guard circle Luster.

Stage performances at Savoy theatre

  • Wednesday 21. October at 18.30
    Performing groups: Tokara, The Samurai Sword Artists KAMUI, Mika Kobayashi, Ensemble liberta, All Japan Bridal Beauticians Association, Atsushi Masuda (EcKoto Creations) featuring Kari Ikonen
  • Thursday 22. October at 18.30
    Performing groups: Hachimae, Taiko-shu Shoko, Colour guard circle Luster, Studio Poco a Poco, Dr.Subsonic/REI, Hanazumi Kai, Ryukyu Cultural Dance Institute
  • Friday 23. October at 18.30
    Performing groups:Kottsu Japan, Kinjo Gakuin University Calligraphy Club, Nanjing Tamasudare RAKUSYOICHIMON, AIS Ballet Japan, Yaeyama Classic Music Study Group, Atsushi Masuda (EcKoto Creations) featuring Aki Rissanen
  • Saturday 24 October at 17.30
    Performing groups: Tokara, Ensemble liberta, Orientarhythm, Mika Kobayashi, Ritsumeikan University calligraphy Club, NAGANUMA SHIZU KIMONO GAKUIN-Kumagaya school
  • Sunday 25. October at 17.30
    Performing groups: Tokara, The Samurai Sword Artists KAMUI, Ensemble liberta, Orientarhythm, Mika Kobayashi, Keiko Bankei, iEARN Taisho Koto Project & Natural Disaster Youth Summit
  • Monday 26. October at 18.30
    Performing groups: Tokara, The Samurai Sword Artists KAMUI, Aichi Shukutoku University Wind Orchestra featuring Akateeminen Puhallinorkesteri, Tomoko Maekawa

Annantalo exhibition and demonstrations

Opening hours:
Thu-Fri 22.10.-23.10. at 10-18
Sat-Sun 24.-25.10. at 10-17

  • Tea Ceremonies:
    Thu-Sun 22-25 October. Duration 30-60 minutes.
    Performing groups:
    Takarazuka Sado Dokokai 22.10 klo 12.50-17.30
    Seifu-Ryu Sencha 23.10. klo 14-17.30
    Shitsunairaku 24.10 klo 11-17
    Wakakusakai 25.10 klo 10-16.50
  • Japanese arts and painting
    Miyabi 22.-25.10.
    Saichokai 22.-25.10.
    Saishinkai 22.-25.10.
    Kosumosu Kai 22.-25.10.
    Haiga Yubikai 22.-23.10.
    University of Toyama and Lahden ammattikorkeakoulu 22.-25.10.
    POPLAR Publishing Co.,Ltd 22.-25.10.
    NPO Gofar Bank 23.-24.10.
  • Calligraphy
    Waseda University Calligraphy Club 22.-24.10.
    Matsuyama university calligraphy club Nanpuukai 22.-24.10.
    SIMA 23.-25.10.
    International Club 24.-25.10.
  • Japanese handicrafts
    La Clochette Rose 22.-25.10.
    Nibutani Ainu – Craft Association 22.-24.10.
    Akasaka Nadeshiko Kai 22.-25.10.
    Okazaki craftmen’s association 22.-25.10.
    Fukuru 22.-25.10.
    Bunka Fashion College Lifelong Education 22.-23.10.
    Yuki Tsumugi Club 22.-24.10.
    Yamaguchi Prefectural University 22.-23.10.
  • Ikebana and origami
    Ikebana Rime Flower 23.-25.10.
    Nihon Koryu Ikebana-school 22.-23.10.
    Tomoko Iwahashi Pressed Flower Class 22.-23.10.
    Origami club Colourful & Fit 24.-25.10.
    Fukui Omusubi –food club 22.-24.10.
  • Cultural exchange
    The Kansai Japan-Finland Society 22.-24.10.
    City of Sendai 22.-25.10.
    Otsu (Organization of Temporal Shifting Unconsciousness) 23.-25.10.
    NPO Kawaguchi Finland Society 22.-25.10.
    Nordic Shiatsu Centre 22.-25.10.

Art cross exhibition at Wanha Satama

Wanha Satama will be hosting the Art Cross exhibition presenting over a hundred Japanese works of art, including paintings, calligraphy, photography and a wide range of other art.
Opening hours
Thu-Fri 22.-23.10. at 10-18
Sat-Sun 24.-25.10. at 10-17
Mon 26.10. at 10-14

Japan Week is organised by the International Friendship Foundation together with the City of Helsinki.

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