Estonian Embassy in Tokio :: News from Estonia, Japan-Estonia Friendship Association en-us WiseCMS 2.0 Who won the European Museum of the Year award and why did Estonian museums refuse to close for the night? <p><undefined:undefined:p>From May 14-17, Tallinn played host to the European Museum Forum 2014, culminating in the presentation of the European Museum of the Year Award 2014.</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:hr id="system-readmore"></undefined:undefined:hr> <undefined:undefined:img alt="emya_tallinn_cropped" width="322" height="91" src="" style="float: right;"></undefined:undefined:img> <undefined:undefined:p>This year's Museum Forum programme can seen here: <undefined:undefined:a href=""><a target="_blank" href=""></a>.</undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p><undefined:undefined:a href="">Programme</undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The European Museum of the Year award has been presented since 1977 and the impressive list of winners over the years can be seen running down the right hand side of the European Museum Forum's web page: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a>.</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The list of this year's nominees was also long and prestigious: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p>. <undefined:undefined:p>But before introducing this year's winner, an unusual occurance happened on the same night in museums all over Estonia... They call it Muuseumiöö, the Night of Museums, and it also featured English-language tours: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>All together, an estimated 75 000 people attended Museum Night in Estonia according to Estonian Public Broadcasting in English <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p>And the award went to.... Well, you can watch the awards ceremony and find out: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>But we'll cut to the chase and let you in on the fact that he European Museum of the Year Award 2014 went to Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a>.</undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p>Mr Pamuk was in Tallinn to receive the award:</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>ETV Interview: Turkish Nobelist Pamuk on Museums, Memory and Melancholy<undefined:undefined:a href=""> <a target="_blank" href=""></a></undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The list of all the award-winners and special commendations can be seen at <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>Tallinn's own Lennusadam / Seaplane Harbour of the Estonian Maritime Museum received special commendation "For the impressive maritime atmosphere with spectacular, theatrical exhibition design beautifully integrated into the building and for the evident central position of the visitor at the heart of the online experience which allows them to download information whilst walking through the exhibition."</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>When in Tallinn, you must come and see this extraordinary new museum, which opened in spring 2012:<undefined:undefined:a href=""> <a target="_blank" href=""></a></undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>&nbsp;</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>&nbsp;</undefined:undefined:p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:27:37 GMT LED communication field test in Yokohama <P style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" lang=EN-GB>LAMPSERVE Inc., a start-up company from Okinawa, launched their LED communication field test in Yokohama on 14 April 2014. LED communication is expected to be the next generation communication system for different occasions, such as backhaul communication and intelligent transport systems. The facility for this test Akarenga Soko, is a complex of historical warehouses, which is a popular spot for locals and for foreign cruise ship passengers. LED communication is used as backhaul communication between an optical cable and Wi-Fi router in this test. LED blink at a rate of 1.4 billion times per second, and the signals travel with the lights. The actual rate is 200Mbps per 100 metres.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" lang=EN-GB>Mr. Toivo Tasa, the Estonian Ambassador to Japan, pointed out that this technology will be a new bridge between internet users and also between Estonia and Japan. Mr. Koichiro Yutaka, the CEO of LAMPSERVE Inc., emphasised that this technology could never have been introduced without the help of Estonian companies and Estonian governmental institutions. This technology has developed in cooperation with Estonian company ARTEC DESIGN. Mr. Mineyuki Fukuda, the Secretary General of the Japan-Estonia Parliamentary Friendship League, emphasised:”It is great that Japanese and Estonian companies cooperated on this new technology of the future digital society for the global market. Japan still has many things to learn from Estonia to be more innovative.” <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt" lang=EN-GB>The Deputy Mayor of Yokohama City Mr. Nobuya Suzuki, the Deputy Director of National Strategy Office of Information and Communication Technology of the Cabinet Secretariat Ms. Tomoko Sumida, the CEO of the test facility Mr. Kenichi Kumemoto, the CEO of ARTEC DESIGN Mr. Kaido Kevvai, and the Representative of Enterprise Estonia’s Tokyo Office Mr. Kosaku Yamaguchi also participated in the test launch ceremony.<A name=_GoBack></A> The test will last until the end of October 2014.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:06:39 GMT Daily Dozen with New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna <p>On the occasion of the April 15th opening of Jaanika Peerna's first solo exhibition in Espoo, Finland, online magazine <a href=""></a> (Baltic, Russian and Scandinavian art territory) interviewed Estonian-born, New York-based artist Jaanika Peerna, who is currently spending a year in Berlin.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:51:26 GMT (The Müürileht) Interview: Toomas Hendrik Ilves (on music, subcultures and a lot more) We went to see the President of Estonia to talk about music, subcultures and evolving culture; Estonian self-esteem, manners and success; leaving and returning; contemporary world view and a more tolerant and optimistic society. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:09:36 GMT Tallinn Music Week reveals conference line-up featuring Pussy Riot and Robert Levine Tallinn Music Week (TMW), the annual music conference and showcase festival, has unveiled its most impressive line-up yet. From March 27-30, the Nordic and Baltic region's premier music event will be buzzing with industry heavyweights, activists and journalists, as well as 227 bands from 20 countries. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:04:19 GMT Free and secure internet – can it be achieved? <p>A part of the preparations for the Freedom Online Coalition’s conference “<a href="">Free and Secure Internet for All</a>” – which will take place during the Estonian ICT Week – is a document that focuses on one central question: how to enforce and ensure the promise of a free and secure internet for all.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:47:57 GMT Hungary: Estonian week 2014 <p>The traditional Estonian week in Hungary is taking place between 17 March and 4 April 2014. It is being organised by the Estonian Institute in Hungary for the 7th time.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:19:17 GMT Estonian and Ukrainian musicians to perform at benefit concert “For Ukraine” This Sunday, 16 March at 12:00 a benefit concert entitled "For Ukraine" will be held at Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) in Tallinn. With this event, Estonian and Ukrainian musicians, students, and non-governmental organisations will express their support for a free and dignified Ukrainian nation. <p><img style="float: right;" alt="ukrainale" src="" height="140" width="397" /></p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:37:12 GMT President Ilves: e-Estonia is sharing the experience of using its personal ID code with Japan <p>President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who arrived in Tokyo on March 6 at the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister, made a presentation at the Japan Association of New Economy, gave a lecture at Waseda University, met with local and foreign media at Tokyo National Press Club and paid a visit to the headquarters of Microsoft Japan, where Estonian and Japanese start-up companies were introduced to investors.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:23:24 GMT Tõnu Kaljuste wins Grammy for Arvo Pärt’s “Adam’s Lament” Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste won a Grammy award in the best choral performance category for his work on composer Arvo Pärt's album "Adam's Lament" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:29:59 GMT Black Nights Film Festival Breaks Audience Record <p>The 17th Black Nights Film Festival, which tied up on December 1, screened 585 films in Tallinn and Tartu, and broke its 2011 audience record, this time attracting 77,500 viewers.</p> The program included one world premiere as well as three European and 10 international premieres. <p>"Each year it becomes easier to gain access to films because the festivals prestige is growing in the world," head organizer Tiina Lokk said in a press release.</p> <p>"We should also be proud of the fact that tens of renowned film directors, producers and actors found the time to come to Estonia," Lokk said.</p> <p>The most watched movies were "Enough Said" (USA), "Three Many Weddings" (Spain) and "Amazonia" (Brazil-France). The audience favorites were "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium), "Three Many Weddings" (Spain), "Frances Ha" (USA), "Like Father, Like Son" (Japan) and "A Thousand Times Good Night" (Norway).</p> <p>The festival's international judging panel gave the EurAsia best film award to the Italian-French movie "The Great Beauty." The Tridens Herring award went to Iceland's "Of Horses and Men" and the best Estonian film award went to "Tangerines."</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:00:00 GMT Christmas Season Opens in Tallinn <p>The internationally acclaimed Tallinn Christmas Market opens its six-week run today, filling Town Hall Square with the sights, sounds and fragrances of the Yuletide season.</p> <p>The market will be open every day from 10:00-19:00, with hot drinks served until 23:00. There is an entertainment program on Fridays from 17:00-19:00, and on weekends from 12:00-14:00.</p> <p>Another place to get an early visit in with Santa Claus in Tallinn is the one-day International Christmas Bazaar this Sunday from 11:00-16:00 at the Radisson Blu Hotel. More than 20 embassies will be selling specialty products from all over the world. Every euro goes to children's and women's charities in Estonia.</p> <p>Last week, as per tradition, a Christmas tree, this time 16 meters high and coming from the small town of Vaela, was set up in the middle of the square. A lighting ceremony will take place on Advent Sunday.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT Haapsalu, Estonia Wins Award for Accessible and Sustainable Tourism <p>EDEN awards: promoting sustainability for six years</p> <p>EDEN is an accolade that the European Commission has been giving out for six years now, awarding emerging destinations that have successfully contributed to sustainability and opening up tourism to everybody.</p> <p>The goal of this year's EDEN awards is to give accessible tourism more visibility and to encourage other destinations across Europe to start following their example. In return, they will reap great benefits, because barrier-free tourism opens many new, sometimes niche, markets and attracts new clients. This in turn has a positive effect on economic growth and the jobs that come with it.</p> <p>6. Haapsalu City, Estonia</p> <p>The small, romantic 700-year-old seaside town of Haapsalu is situated on the West Coast of Estonia and has been called the Venice of the north. The town is just 100 kilometres away from Tallinn and is reputed for its historic, maritime ambiance, warm sea water, curative mud baths and friendly residents.</p> <p>Accessibility: As a spa town and a city with a specialised school and care centre, Haapsalu has a long history of hosting people with disabilities. The local government and businesses are dedicated to improving accessibility in town. The Läänemaa Chamber of Disabled People is a local umbrella organisation that brings together disabled peoples' groups from across the country and regularly discusses accessibility issues.</p> <p>Read more: <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT Estonia Established Diplomatic Relations with Republic of Palau <P>Today, 8 November, Ambassador of Estonia to Japan Toivo Tasa and Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to Japan Francis Mariur Matsutaro signed a joint communiqué which established diplomatic relations between Estonia and the Republic of Palau.</P> <P>After the signing ceremony, which took place at the Embassy of Estonia, the ambassadors of Estonia and Palau exchanged thoughts regarding the development of bilateral relations, including in the fields of science, education, and e-governance, as well as about cooperation in international organisations and environmental problems.</P> <P>The Republic of Palau is one of the youngest and least populated countries in the world. Palau gained independence and joined the UN in 1994. In the UN, Estonia and Palau are connected by, among other things, their mutual participation in the Forum of Small States (FOSS).</P> <P>The Republic of Palau is located in the Pacific Ocean in the western end of the Caroline Islands of Micronesia and is made up of more than 340 islands, 8 of which are inhabited. More and more Estonians, especially nature tourists and those interested in open sea diving, have found their way to the archipelago.</P> <P>Pictures of the signing: <A href="" target=_blank></A></P> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:47:34 GMT Estonia Celebrates 22 Years of Regained Independence Today Estonia celebrates the restoration of its independence on 20 August 1991 after nearly 50 years of Soviet occupation. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT One in Three Households Grow Their Own Food <p>Almost one in three households in Estonia is growing field crops or horticultural products for their own use, data from the 2011 census and social statistics show. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Thirteen Estonian Athletes to Take Part in Summer Deaflympics <p>Estonia will send 13 athletes to compete at the Summer Deaflympics starting this week in Sofia, Bulgaria.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Next Song and Dance Festival to Take Place in Summer 2014 <p>Have you ever heard 18 000 voices singing at once? This emotional experience can be felt during Estonia's Song Festival, which occurs once every five years in Tallinn.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Bank of Happiness Piques Interest of International Media <p>Estonia's unique Bank of Happiness caught the attention of two major media outlets this week. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:15:51 GMT Geologists Find Unique Fish Fossil <p>At the end of June Estonian geologists found a fossil of a 394 million year old fish that might be named after the Vadja people, a people related to the Estonians. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:43:03 GMT