Swedish Center Foundation (SCF) opened in the heart of Sweden Hills in August 1986 and has ever since worked to develop and maintain friendship relations between Japan and Sweden. Our goal is to promote intercultural understanding and intellectual trade as well as art and education.
Our office is compromised of three main buildings that are divided into areas for glass works, wood works and cultural administration. We often invite trainees to our studios with the aim of keeping a steady stream of exchange in techniques and skills.
We also endeavor to promote traditional Swedish goods, such as the Dalahorse, as well as classical Swedish glass works. On the cultural side, we hold annual traditional events open to both visitors and locals, such as the Midsummer Festival, Lucia Celebration, and Crayfish Party.
We maintain close ties with Swedish society, not only in the cultural sense but also through commercial and economical activities. Swedish Leksand is the sister city of Tobetsu since 1987.
On a historical note, the establishment of the Swedish Center Foundation took place in March 1983 under the initiative of private sector companies and with the authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to then open three years later in 1986. At this time, the Swedish King also said he would like to “further deepen friendship-ties with Japan” and so the Japan-Sweden collaboration started.
“The glass holds a playfulness, despite of its simple exterior”
In the beginning, we invited many Swedish artists to work here to teach us techniques unique to the country. This is a tradition that we have kept, and we still invite artists to join us periodically. Our expert artists produce and exhibit their Swedish style productions in the shape of vases, cups and decorations.
If you would like to try glassblowing, we offer introductory workshops. Click here for more detail.
Our talented woodworker is a certified furniture master by SNASK (Swedish Handicraft Association) and has an affinity for creating stylish furniture and decorative pieces. He holds workshops for general woodwork, furniture making and star-shaped lamps for Christmas. It is possible to join the sessions. Click here for more detail.