The respected Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama (1908–1999) made a creatively fruitful trip to the Nordic countries in the spring and summer of 1962. While he was visiting Finland, the beautiful nature and exceptional midnight sun inspired him to depict the view that opened from the old Puijo Tower in Kuopio. Now a high-quality digital print of the painting has been placed in Puijo Tower Café.
The painting marks a century of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. A similar high-quality reproduction of Polar Summer Night is housed at the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo. At the Puijo Tower, the work is displayed amid the same scenery that inspired it.