In Helsinki I fell in love with a new bunch of characters. The Moomin, spelt as Muumi in Finnish I guess, which I saw everywhere in both Helsinki it’s place of origin and Stockholm. Moomin is a cartoon that was written way back in 1945 and the main characters sort of resemble hippos, although they are actually trolls. I found that trolls are a big feature in both Sweden and Finland. Tove Jansson was a Swedish Finnish author of the Moomin books. She was born in Helsinki and her family was part of the 6% Swedish minority in Finland. Her motivation was to escape the depression of war into innocence. Interestingly she was born on 9 August (Singapore’s National Day), but way back in 1914, and I find myself wanting to learn all about her and her books.
Seems a wonder that I have never heard of Moomin till now. The characters are charming and it seems that the Japanese are especially big fans. I see some similarities in the drawings found in Hal’s moving castle. I am not a big fan of cartoons and prefer watching real people on the big screen, but I do love Japanese style animation. Now I know where one of their sources of inspiration comes from.