Why are there so many English speakers in Finland?

2012-10-29 08:03:13 by andy

Living in Finland, it is surprising that the majority of people are able to speak English without issue. Not only students, but cashiers at the local supermarket, old ladies, my friend's parents, a passerby that I asked directions from... and in each case, they are able to speak fluidly with no accent.   Its quite mysterious. In Japan, even students who are diligently studying Engli...


A bonfire under a blue sky! The summer solstice festival of Finland

2012-10-29 07:03:28 by andy

Last Saturday, June 23rd, was the summer solstice in Finland. The night before, meaning on the eve of the summer solstice, there is a tradition of creating a large bonfire. It is said that the spirit world becomes closer during the night of the summer solstice, and evil spirits wander around. To ward off these evil spirits, the locals create a giant bonfire. The idea of a giant bonfire made me...


The summer nights of Finland

2012-10-29 05:58:56 by andy

June 21st, 2012 was the summer solstice. The days must have been getting very long in Japan. Finland is located at a very high latitude, in Northern Europe. Compared with Japan the amount of sunlight in each day is very different. I waited until late at night on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, in order to photograph the summer nights of Finland. This photograph was taken ...