Moi 🙂 🙂 🙂

Today, I would like to introduce this week’s hit chart in Finland.


I found a site called “Shazam.” When you want to know the song which is playing, it is so useful because you can know the title if you move your iPhone to speaker.


According to this site, we can get information about Finland’s hit chart.

♔Top 10♔


Next, 11th~50th!


There are famous artists who are not Finns. I thought that Finns liked Western music.

I was surprised that BTS was ranked on 18th. This group is from South Korea, so I assumed that Finns don’t listen to Asian songs.

How about Japan? We listen a lot of kind of foreign country’s music. I like all music, for example, J-pop, K-pop and Western music.



1. Do you like listening to music?

2.How about your country? In the country you chose, are there many foreigners in hit chart?

3.What genre of music do you like?

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Tourist Attractions in Finland

Moi 🙂 🙂 🙂

This is quite sudden, but do you want to visit Finland?

Whether your answer is yes or not, let me introduce famous tourist attractions in Finland.


According to the cite, “PLANETWARE.”



The Åland Islands or Åland (Finnish pronunciation: Ahvenanmaa / in Japanese: オーランド) is an autonomous archipelago between Sweden and Finland. A predominantly Swedish-speaking province of Finland, Åland is comprised of a few large islands and nearly 10,000 smaller ones. Åland was ceded to Russia by Sweden in 1809. In 1854, a combined British/French fleet took the islands, destroying the fortress. After that, the entire archipelago was demilitarized and remains so to this day. About 27,500 people live in Åland today, with about 11,000 in the main town of Mariehamn. The main industry of the islands has always been shipping and trade, so the Maritime Museum, the Museum Ship Pommern, and the Maritime Quarter in Mariehamn are worth seeing to understand the islands’ fascinating maritime history. Also worth a visit is the Jan Karlsgården open air museum in Kastelholm where visitors can see what a typical island farm looked like around 1890. However, the big draw to Åland these days is its unspoiled nature and beautiful landscapes. On midsummer’s eve, Åland holds a massive and ancient celebration marking the longest day of the year. There are also a wide range of excellent places to eat and many artists’ studios to visit. The islands can be reached both from Stockholm and Turku as well as by small plane.




Hämeenlinna (in Japanese: ハメーンリンナ) is attractively situated on a long, narrow lake, the Vanajavesi. The Hattelmala hills are a boundary to the south of Hämeenlinna. The town was founded by the Swedish governor, Per Brahe, in 1639 on a site to the north of the 13th-century Tavastehus Castle, which he enlarged and strengthened. The red brick castle is one of the noted landmarks along withAulanko Park. The town of Hämeenlinna was moved to its present site in 1777. Its economy depends primarily on timber-processing, with some metalworking. Hämeenlinna was also the birthplace of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) and the poet Paavo Cajander (1846-1913). In the center of Hämeenlinna is theMarket Square (Kauppatori). On its east side stands the Lutheran church, with a statue of Paavo Cajander in the gardens in front of it. On the south side of the square is the Town Hall. North of the square visitors will find theSibelius Museum, and a little bit further on, the Sibelius Park. Be sure to also visit the Hämeenlinna Historical Museum near the park. Finally, no trip to Hämeenlinna is complete without a visit to the castle on the shores of the Vanajavesi.




Helsinki (in Japanese: ヘルシンキ) is the capital of Finland and chief town of the province of Uusimaa (Nyland). The city offers a variety of cultural opportunities such as the National Museum of Finland; the Helsinki City Museum; the Finnish Art Gallery, featuring classical to modern art exhibits; and three major theaters. Around the city itself, various suburbs grew up from 1950 onwards, most of them outside the city limits in the province of Uusimaa. This gave rise to administrative problems, which were resolved in the early 1960s by the establishment of the towns of Espoo/Esbo to the west and Vantaa/Vanda to the northeast – independent administrative units without established centers, which at once joined the select group of Finland’s five largest towns. The only relics of the past in these towns are a few old churches and pastors’ houses in gray stone.




Jyväskylä (in Japanese: ユヴァスキュラ)  was founded by Tsar Nicholas I in 1837. The small city is located on the north side of the Jyväsjärvi lake, which is linked by a narrow strait, the Aijälänsalmi, with Lake Päijänne, Finland’s second largest lake and its deepest, to the south. Jyväskylä is an important traffic junction, the administrative and cultural hub of central Finland and an industrial town (woodworking, metalworking), which is also noted for its trade fairs. The town gets its particular character from a mingling of old wooden houses and modern stone buildings. The first Finnish-language secondary school was established here in 1858. The University was founded in 1934. In the centrally-located Church Gardens (Kirkkopuisto) is the neo-Gothic Town Church. Nearby is a monument to the Finnish writer, Minna Canth (1844-97). On the way from there to the harbor and the lake are three buildings by the famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto: the Municipal Theater, the Police Headquarters, and the Local Government Offices. To the north, in Rajakatu, are the Orthodox church and a neo-Classical church. The impressive Jyväskylä International Arts Festival is held in June and is the longest-running annual cultural event in Finland.



Northern Lights

For most people, seeing the Northern Lights (in Japanese: オーロラ) is a once-in-a-lifetime treat. Finland is perhaps the top country in the world for seeing these blazing curtains of light drape across the sky. Although, at times, the lights can be seen even in the southern most regions of the nation, the best place to see them is in Lapland. In the north, between September and March, visitors are almost guaranteed a show if the sky is clear. A wide range of hotels in the north cater specifically to people wanting to see the lights.


How about Japan? There are many places which are traditional, for example, temples, shrines and even rental shop which people can wear Kimono! Also, Japan is rich in nature too, foreign people often come to Japan to relax.



1.  Did you get interested in taking a trip to Finland?

2. What do you think the reason that people travel to Finland is?

(I think it is because people want to go to the places which are rich in nature.)

3. What do you think the reason that people travel to the country you chose is? And, do you want to go there?



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Cross-cultural Communication

Moi 🙂 🙂 🙂


Barnga is a different culture communication virtual game using cards.
It’s the case that things we thought they are common sense and the rule aren’t in common use, what kind of feeling will it be, and how it can correspond.

This game is played like “Page one.” In addition, the winner of this game has to move to a new group. After having moved to a new group, the participant who thinks a rule is identical of course is confused at a rule’s being not in common use.

This shows that the premise and a rule are different by a different culture surely. So  we  are able to feel what kind of feeling a minority will be, how should players play  while putting a game into effect.

The game simulates (represents) real-life situations.

I thought that the girl who moved to our group couldn’t understand how to play this game. But, after our teacher told us the details of this game, I’m terribly sorry about this. I again realized that oral communication was so important. We must talk with each other to live our lives comfortably.

In Japan, many people including me have difficulty in communicating each other.

In contrast, in Finland, they must speak English and Finnish, so they speak to many people in English hardly to live when this are children.


Today, I would like to introduce the education system in Finland.

Education in Finland is an education system with fully subsidised meals served to full-time students. The present education system in Finland consists of daycare programmes (for babies and toddlers) and a one-year “pre-school” (or kindergarten for six-year-olds); a nine-year compulsory basic comprehensive school (starting at age seven and ending at the age of sixteen); post-compulsory secondary general academic and vocational education; higher education (University and University of applied sciences); and adult (lifelong, continuing) education. The Finnish strategy for achieving equality and excellence in education has been based on constructing a publicly funded comprehensive school system without selecting, tracking, or streaming students during their common basic education. Part of the strategy has been to spread the school network so that pupils have a school near their homes whenever possible or, if this is not feasible, e.g. in rural areas, to provide free transportation to more widely dispersed schools. Inclusive special education within the classroom and instructional efforts to minimize low achievement are also typical of Nordic educational systems.

A Finnish language is indispensable at school except for Aland area, and Swedish is also designated compulsorily, and it’s educated to English and other languages. There are a lot of Finland and India where 4 or 5 languages are used well because I generally have the great interest to a state foreign language. A Finn says that there are almost no people who can’t speak English thanks to Finnish excellent English education. One of the competitive advantages in Finland has been ability in foreign language. All students learn at least two foreign languages, mainly English and obligatory Swedish, up to high school. A citizens’ initiative to remove obligatory Swedish from education in favour of other languages was accepted for parliamentary vote in 2014 but failed to pass.




1.Did you notice that we were playing this game by rule a little different every group?

2.What specific real-life situations does this game remind you of?

3.In the country you chose, do you think that people are shy?


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Finland and Japan

Moi 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Finn who visited Japan in a public situation at the earliest time was Adam Laxman. He visited Japan to investigate the trade of Japan by order of Russian battleship Ekaterina II.

Did you know this??

I learned Adam Laxman and Russian battleship Ekaterina II, but I didn’t think that was first.

Do you know the President of Japan? Yes, he is Shinzo Abe (in Japanese: 安倍晋三), of course.

But do you know the President of the Republic of Finland??

He is Sauli Väinämö Niinistö (in Japanese: サウリ・ニーニスト).


Then, I did an Internet search about an election in Finland. I happened to find this.

This is the anime which was made to raise the interest to the presidential election. They  say many Finns are interested in Japanese cartoons! The young generation watches “Pokemon” and “Dragon Ball” and so on.

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The images of Finland that many Japanese have are the high-tech industries such as not only a thing having exoticism such as Santa Claus and the aurora but also high education level or Nokia Corporation which are recognized.


We learned about Berry’s Acculturation Model.


1. Did you know the finns who came to Japan for the first time was Adam Laxman?

2. Did you know the president of Republic of Finland? And, do you know the president of the country you chose?

3. In the country you chose, do you think people are interested in Japanese cartoons? Why?

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Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one’s own culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity’s unique cultural identity.

I think that it is one of ethnocentrism that Ancient Greece people and Romans called everyone besides my country “a savage”.

Ethnorelativism is an acquired ability to see many values and behaviors as cultural rather than universal. It was established as axiomatic in anthropological research by Franz Boas in the first few decades of the 20th century and later popularized by his students. Boas first articulated the idea in 1887: “civilization is not something absolute, but … is relative, and … our ideas and conceptions are true only so far as our civilization goes”. However, Boas did not coin the term. Neither did the 21st century relativist James Lawrence Wray-Miller.

By the way, do you know this word, “ethnorelativism”?? I didn’t know this word… I think that this word means to recognize differences between cultures.


Do you think that Finns constitute a considerable fraction of population of Finland?

The answer is NO. There were few immigration problems relatively, but a Somalian, Albanian, an Iraqi and Kurd accept victims aggressively in the 21st century, and take its leading part, and most lives at Helsinki metropolitan area. Antipathy to a victim acceptance like Naoko also becomes persistent in recent years, and progress of the Right folk principle political party which opposes easy immigration intake like “true Finn” is brought.





1. Have you ever thought about ethnocentrism? Why?

2. Do you know the word, “ethnocentrism”?

3.Do you want to spread your idea about ethnocentrism?

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Hauska tutustua!

Nice to meet you 🙂 Let me introduce myself!

I am 18 years old. I am from Tokorozawa, Saitama. I was born and raised in Saitama.  I want to live in Tokyo… 😀

I am a student of the department of English language and literature, and I will study linguistics as my academic major.

I like to listen to music, to sing and to dance! But I am not good at doing those 😥 When I was a junior high school student, I belonged to a tennis club because I wanted to play some sports. I played doubles and I was a baseline player. When I was a high school student, I was in the school’s rock band because I wanted to play the guitar.



By the way, can you read the title of this blog? It is Finnish!

The Finnish word “Hauska tutustua” means “Nice to meet you” in English.

If you pronounce “ハウスカ トゥトゥストゥア” in Katatana, the person you talk to may understand what you say. 😀


Our group is in charge of investigating “North”, and I chose Finland.



Finnish and Swedish are official languages in Finland. This was established in 1919.

Most Finns (93.4%) speak a Finnish. 5.9% of Finns speak Swedish.

Sami people use Sami language. The status of them improved in 1970’s.

In 1999, Sami language was acknowledged as the second official language, and this was written in their constitution clearly.



Do you know where Finland is?

Finland is one of North European nations. It takes about 10 hours to Helsinki, the capital of Finland from Tokyo, that of Japan by plane. It’s so far, isn’t it!?

Next, do you know the flag of Finland?


It is the flag of Finland. The flag of Finland (Finnish: Suomen lippu, Swedish: Finlands flagga), also called siniristilippu (“Blue Cross Flag”), dates from the beginning of the 20th century.

・There is a lot of elderly people in Finland. Finland is an old society as Japan.

The taxes in Finland are quite high, but Finland is one of countries advanced welfare systems instead.

・Finland is famous for Santa Claus’s country!

There is Santa Claus’ Village in Finland. If you write to Santa Claus in Santa Claus’ Village, he will respond to a letter!

・Moomin is one of famous characters in many countries. He and his family live in Moomin Valley (“Muumin Dalen” in Finnish) in Finland.

・There is Marimekko.
Marimekko is a Finnish home furnishings, textiles, and fashion company based in Helsinki. It is particularly noted for its brightly colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women’s garments and in home furnishings.



Finns kiss on the cheek or the lips when they greet.


Hello. こんにちは。

⇒Hyvää päivää (polite way of speaking)  (ヒュヴァー パイヴァー)

⇒Hei/Terve (colloquial style)  (ヘイ/テルヴェ)

⇒Moi (broken expression)  (モイ)

Good morning. おはよう(ございます)。

⇒(Hyvää) huomenta.  ((ヒュヴァー) フオメンタ)

Good evening. こんばんは。

⇒(Hyvää) iltaa.  ((ヒュヴァー) イルター)

Good night. おやすみなさい。

⇒(Hyvää) yötä.  ((ヒュヴァー) ウュオタ)


Don’t Interrupt a Conversation!

Don’t Compare Finland to Other Countries!

Don’t Brag!



In Finland, there are many people of the name including “~nen”.

Virtanen and Korhonen are to common name in Finland as Suzuki and Sato are to that in Japan.

I know just a little bit about Finland, so I cannot introduce all of the charm 😥

There is a lot of charm in Finland! You must go there~ 😀


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