Well, the Finn generator gimmick isn’t Japanese-exclusive, but this post over at Rocket News does remind me of a Japanese business man who was in a course with me at Uppsala International Summer Session–according to him, the typological similarities (the languages are not actually related) between Finnish and Japanese (and so, I imagine, between Korean and Finnish) meant that Japanese and Finnish business men found it easier to learn each others languages than to learn other languages. Apparently the enthusiasm for things Finnish in Japan goes beyond greasing the wheels of commerce–though I have to say, I don’t think anyone is surprised that they (or anyone else on God’s green earth) enjoys Moomin books…
Speaking of Finnish and Japanese, both languages are next on my list to learn–will have to choose one or the other, I suppose.
PS: My Finnish name is apparently Kaleva Viljanen–though I don’t think anyone would be surprised to find a “K/Carl” or an “Olsen/Olson” in Finland, given the significant Swedish speaking population over the centuries.
When it comes to Finland, there’s no shortage of opportunities for getting acquainted in Japan’s capital of Tokyo. From cafes where you can chow down with cute, stuffed Moomin characters created by a famous Swiss-Finn, to Finland’s top doughnut chain, Arnold’s, and Fuglen, Oslo’s coolest coffee shop, it’s easy for Tokyoites to take their taste buds for a dip in Nordic cuisine.
Now, people in Japan have found a new way to get acquainted with Finnish culture with the introduction of a clever little name generator from VisitFinland.com. Simply enter your name and within seconds you’re bestowed with the Finnish version, complete with a full explanation of the meaning behind your new name. We translated some well-known names and found they were connected to the wild nature of Lapland and mysterious tales of forest kings.
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