The Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo would like to thank everyone taking part in the Sweden-Japan 150th Anniversary year 2018. It has been an exciting year featuring nearly 200 events. The quality and wide range of these activities illustrate well the strength of the relations between Japan and Sweden.
One highlight of the Anniversary year was the Official Visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen in April, accompanied by one of the largest Swedish business delegations ever to visit Japan. At the Japan-Sweden Business Summit, corporate executives from both countries discussed our future business relations. Their Majesties’ busy three-day program also included cultural events and a visit to Kamakura.
To promote stronger partnerships within science and innovation has been a priority. A joint Government declaration was signed in October, back-to-back with the Sweden-Japan University and Research Leadership Summit in Kyoto, followed by the MIRAI network meeting at Todai. Earlier in the year, two main symposia focused on the challenges of an ageing society.
We have seen a series of high-profile cultural events. Three major exhibitions with treasured Swedes in the spotlight: Pippi Longstocking and the World of Astrid Lindgren at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum; Carl Larsson and His Home – Art of the Swedish Lifestyle at the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art; and The Art of Natural Science in Sweden at the Intermediatheque Museum, presenting 18th century scientist C.P. Thunberg. We hope that you had a chance to visit them.
Acclaimed contemporary circus group Cirkus Cirkör made a colorful and thought-provoking splash with their show Limits at the Setagaya Public Theatre and our Music Month in September brought together over 80 live concerts across the country, from classical to jazz and punk. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – Sweden’s leading orchestra - performed three memorable concerts at Suntory Hall together with, among others, famous Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.
Design holds a special place in many Swedish-Japanese hearts. Another highpoint of the Anniversary year was an exhibition featuring the works of prominent ceramic artist Ingegerd Råman at the Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo. Ms Råman is one of Sweden’s most renowned designers to date, and the exhibition attracted over 14,000 visitors. Sweden was also selected as the Partner Country of DESIGNART Tokyo 2018 – Tokyo’s own design week - providing a platform to promote Swedish design of all kinds. In a main exhibition, works by 29 young Swedish innovative designers were presented.
The Anniversary year is over and we hope that you enjoyed the events as much as we did. We have loved hearing from many of you, sharing your moments and comments in person or on social media. Your participation and support helped not only in making the year a success, but also in strengthening the friendship between our two countries. Once again, our warmest thanks from all of us at the Embassy. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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