【Event Report】NCCJ New Year Club Evening at Andy's Shin-hinomoto

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This week we hosted our first NCCJ Club Evening of the year with an informal gathering at Andy's Shin-hinomoto, or “Andy’s“. Their menu consisted of fresh seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes, and the atmosphere at the venue was perfect for the occasion.
We’d like to thank those of you who had the chance to join us this time, and hope to see you all at our next event!

Overview of upcoming Club Evenings here

【Upcoming Events】NCCJ Club Evenings Spring 2019

Upcoming NCCJ Club Evenings of Spring 2019

We at NCCJ know that it can be hard to make room for social events during your busy weeks. In order to make it easier for you to plan ahead - and hopefully join more of our Club Evenings - we have made a tentative list of all Club Evenings scheduled to be hosted in the Spring of 2019. Please mark your calendar, and when the date approaches we’ll be back with more detailed information.

Dates:

January 22nd
(Report here)
February 19th
(Report here)
March 19th
(Report here)
April 23rd
May 17th
(National Day celebration hosted by the Norway Japan Society)
June
(no Club Evening due to our General MTG)

*Please note that there might be changes to the schedule.

【Event Report】NCCJ - NJS Julefest Christmas Party

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In cooperation with the Norway-Japan Society (NJS), we at NCCJ launched our very first Norwegian julefest (Christmas Party) on Wednesday, December 5th. The julefest took place at Fuglen Asakusa, and we could enjoy a pleasant evening together surrounded by elegant Norwegian vintage design, nostalgic Christmas music, and a beautiful Christmas tree.
The event was well attended, with around 80 participants representing both Norwegian-related business and social communities. Norwegian cuisine including salmon, waffles, and julegrøt (Christmas porridge) was on the menu, and participants got a small Christmas gift each. On the entertainment side, we had Håvard Remm who moved us all with his magnificent poems, and Maria Bue Kessel who warmed our hearts with her mellifluous Christmas Acapella.

The evening was rounded off with a Christmas lottery, where the lucky winners got to choose from an assortment of gifts, including Norwegian salmon, tickets to the Munch Exhibition in Ueno, a bottle of the internationally awarded Bareksten gin, Freia Kong Haakon Norwegian's Best Chocolate Assortment, the Norwegian favorite cheese brunost, and Norwegian cod, to mention a few.

We would like to thank Fuglen Asakusa for their hospitality at the event, and for creating such a lovely Christmas atmosphere for us. As our final event of 2018 we also want to thank all of you for your help and support in the year that passed, and hope to see you again for new and exciting events in the year to come.

Christmas Drinks prepared by Fuglen Asakusa

Christmas Drinks prepared by Fuglen Asakusa

【CLIC Event Report】Lindt – Chocolate in Japan is not just Valentine’s Day

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CLIC is an organization of 9 smaller European Chambers of Commerce in Japan for the purpose of organizing innovative networking events to enable trading of ideas between the members of the participating chambers. You can read more about CLIC 【HERE】

The event was attended by 75 members and guests from the CLIC Chambers.

The event was attended by 75 members and guests from the CLIC Chambers.

At the 6th CLIC Event on Wednesday, 28 November, Mr. Andre Zimmermann, Representative Director, Lindt & Sprungli Japan Co., Ltd., revealed the secrets behind their success in Japan and share with us his views on the future of the chocolate market. 

After the presentations and a lively Q&A session the 75 participants from the CLIC chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking. 

Representatives of the CLIC Chambers introduce themselves; on stage Leon Esben Ota (DCCJ), behind from left: Marin Koos (SCCJ), Arnold Ackerer (ABC), Sophie Bocklandt (BLCCJ), Jorg van Leeuwen (NeCCJ), Anette Yamamoto-Hansen (NCCJ) and Lilo Schneider (SCCIJ). The last, Clas Bystedt (FCCJ) behind the camera.

Representatives of the CLIC Chambers introduce themselves; on stage Leon Esben Ota (DCCJ), behind from left: Marin Koos (SCCJ), Arnold Ackerer (ABC), Sophie Bocklandt (BLCCJ), Jorg van Leeuwen (NeCCJ), Anette Yamamoto-Hansen (NCCJ) and Lilo Schneider (SCCIJ). The last, Clas Bystedt (FCCJ) behind the camera.

【Event Report】 Spotify and Bang & Olufsen; The Future of Music Consumption

Organizers and speakers lined up.

Organizers and speakers lined up.

The Nordic Chambers organized on Wednesday, 21 November an event with Spotify and Bang & Olufsen titled: "The Future of Music Consumption". 

Henrik Johansson, Director, Spotify Japan and Shin Iwanaga, President and Representative Director, Bang & Olufsen Japan presented their companies and how they see the future of distributing and consuming music. 

After the presentations and a Q&A session the 55 participants from the five chambers could enjoy drinks and food and a lot of networking. 

【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!