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【Member Update】NSC - Visit by the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries 2019

All embassy staff were invited to take a group photo with the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Harald Nesvik

All embassy staff were invited to take a group photo with the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Harald Nesvik

Norwegian Seafood Council:
Visit by the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries

Last week the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Harald Nesvik visited us at the Norwegian Embassy as a part of his one-week trip organized by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) to meet with representatives of Japanese and Norwegian business partners. NCCJ joined NSC and the rest of Team Norway for a reception at the Embassy with Mr. Nesvik on March 14th, which was a great opportunity for us to meet with representatives of the seafood sector. As one of the most important fields for Norway, we are also looking to increase our efforts to promote Norwegian seafood along with NSC and Team Norway, and hope that this reception can lead to increased possibilities for this in the near future. As they say in NSC: Sabarashii!

【Norway News】The Munch Exhibition in Tokyo: Where to Go and What to See

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Our ED Anette Yamamoto-Hansen at the Munch Exhibition

Our ED Anette Yamamoto-Hansen at the Munch Exhibition

The Exhibition “Munch: A Retrospective” taking place in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum October 27 (Sat), 2018 – January 20 (Sun), 2019 marks the very first Japan appearance for Munch’s tempera and oil version of “The Scream” (1910?) , and also features a total of around 100 pieces of his art works.

Munch and the exhibition have attracted a lot of interest in Tokyo, and you might have noticed many Munch-related PR materials popping up all over the city for the occasion. There are currently 8 different Munch posters at 21 stations in Tokyo, Yokohama and Saitama, and new posters of different supporters will be on display from November. 

We’ve gathered some Munch-related information below for those who want to stay updated on what’s going on in town.

Basic information on the Munch Exhibition, including ticket prices and opening hours:
https://www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/2018_munch.html


■Related Side Events:

October 27, 14:00-
Lecture by Jon-Ove Steihaug, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Munch Museum
@Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum lecture hall

December 2, 14:00-
Lecture by Tsutomu Mizusawa, Director, Museum of Modern Art Kamakura & Hayama
@Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum lecture hall

Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 11 (2019)  18:30-19:00
Evening lectures by a Japanese curator
@Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum lecture hall

Dec 25, 09:30-16:00
Special viewing day for children (closed for the general public)
Junior high school students and younger children can attend for free.
Two guardians can accompany 1 child.  Grownups will have to pay.

November 2-18
«New Munch” Exhibition - An exhibition of artworks of young Japanese artists inspired by Munch
@Parco Museum in Ikebukuro
https://art.parco.jp/parcomuseum/detail/?id=82

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 ■Innovative ideas and funny Munch goods:
https://munch2018.jp/goods/

BEAMS – Fashion items
Koikeya – Snacks
Lupicia – Tea cans 
Pokemon
+ more


■Special supporters:

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, a TV celebrity
Eiji Kotoge, a comedian
Junji Takeda, a comedian (TV Asahi Jun Walk)
Guide navigator: Jun Fukuyama, a voice actor

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The Munch Exhibition gives us all a rare chance to see Munch’s works on display in Tokyo. We hope you’ll have the chance to visit Ueno and admire his art too!

【Member Update】 VisitNorway - A Walk in Edvard Munch's Footsteps

Kjell Ellefsen from Visit Norway presenting Oslo in the footsteps of Edvard Munch - and the vikings

Kjell Ellefsen from Visit Norway presenting Oslo in the footsteps of Edvard Munch - and the vikings

Last week marked the opening of the Munch Exhibition in Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, and we at NCCJ had a busy week with Munch-related events. One of the highlights of the week was a seminar hosted by VisitNorway at the Norwegian Embassy, and as one of our Corporate Members we were present to facilitate for the occasion.

The Munch Museum’s Marketing and Communication Director Gitte Skilbred giving a presentation on Munch

The Munch Museum’s Marketing and Communication Director Gitte Skilbred giving a presentation on Munch

The purpose of the event was to position Oslo as a must visit city in Norway, with Munch and his works as the spokesperson for Oslo. While most Japanese tourists visit Oslo, they mostly end up staying only for one night. Through the seminar VisitNorway wanted to show the travel industry in Japan that more time should be spent in Oslo, as part of their strategic shift to include more about Norwegian culture (art, architecture, food, design) in addition to pushing Norway's natural endowments. Munch is very much a part of this strategy, as not only the Munch Museum but also the area that provided backdrop for his famous painting “The Scream” can be visited while in Oslo.

It is believed that Munch got his inspiration for “The Scream” just outside Oslo at Valhallveien road on the Ekeberg hill.

It is believed that Munch got his inspiration for “The Scream” just outside Oslo at Valhallveien road on the Ekeberg hill.

A New Japanese VisitNorway Homepage

Another great news from VisitNorway is that their new Japanese web page finally has been launched! If you’re interested in tourist information about Norway in Japanese you can check out their new site here:
www.visitnorway.asia