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Mia Kankimäki


M.A. Mia Kankimäki (b. 1971) has worked at various publishing houses as an ad and copy editor. Japanese culture has been a hobby of hers for years, and she graduated as a teacher from the Sogetsu Ikebana school.

Her research project on Sei Shōnagon led her not only to Japan, but also to her parents’ attic in Vihti, Finland, to the British Library in London, to Thailand to flee the ravages of a tsunami, and in the end to Normandy to write.



Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster (Asioita jotka saavat sydämen lyömään nopeammin, 2013).



  • 2013 Kanava Non-fiction Award nomination
  • 2013 Turku Book Fair Non-fiction Prize
  • 2013 Best Travel Book of the Year (Mondo Travel Magazine)


Works published in / Rights sold to:

Italia (Edizioni Piemme)
Estonia (Varrak)

Published books