Happy Moomin Day! 9 August 2013 marks the 9th annual Moomin Day in Japan, which is also Tove Jansson’s 99th birthday. Click here for some ideas on how to celebrate this lovely day.
I started the day off with some Moominmamma’s Magic Potion, purchased from my favourite Finnish shop: fromFinland.fi. The tea is my favourite of all the Moomin teas — a lovely black tea flavoured with rhubarb and strawberry flavours — so fragrant and soothing. Just thinking about it makes me smile. (*^_^*)
I also decided to tackle the ginormous 2000 piece Moomin puzzle that Mr. T got me for my birthday and realised as I was sorting out the pieces that I’ll probably be spending the next month or so putting it together — just finding all the edge pieces has worn me out.
I’ve spent much of the day researching what I hope will be our first ever visit to Finland (aka, home of the Moomins) next summer. As 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s birthday with celebrations abound in Finland (and Japan, I’m sure), I thought it would be the perfect time to visit. Keep your eye on this space for updated event information.
- Muumimaailma (Moomin World)
- Muumilaakso (The Moomin Museum in Tampere
- Ateneum Art Musuem in Helsinki
- Ittala Arabia Outlet
- Lapland (if there is time)
We’re thinking of 5-6 days in Finland using Helsinki as our ‘home base’. Is that too little time? I don’t want to miss out on all the other wonderful things that Finland has to offer so if you have any non-Moomin (or other Moomin must sees — like best places to shop for Moomin goods) suggestions please let us know!