I carved an eraser stamp of Moomin, a Finnish character from my favorite T.V. cartoon series. I used to watch the Moomin cartoon series in T.V., back in Japan when I was little, and I just loved it!
Moomin lives in the Moomin Valley, in the forests of Finland. For a long time, I thought Moomin (the white hippo looking guy in the above image) was indeed a hippo, or even a gigantic horse or a donkey - but I recently learned that he belongs to a family of trolls!
The story of Moomin is written and illustrated by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson.
The Japanese cartoon series of Moomin was very popular in Japan when I was growing up (below image).
I recently found these Moomin candies at a local Japanese grocery store. Inside the tin can are some colorful candies in different fruit flavors. Yum!
I also found some Moomin images in this Japanese embroidery book that I own.
"Small Embroidery from Scandinavia"
Oh, the Moomins... so lovely and nostalgic!