This post is for Trish, Jani and Nikki.
I have discovered that Japan is a bit mad for the Moomins. A Moomin theme park will open in Tokyo in 2015 and there is Moomin merchandise in many stores. I have seen many Moomin books, cookies, sweets etc.
And while out for some retail therapy with P some weeks back – I found the perfect answer to my study blues … A Pikku My t-shirt just for me.
But Moomin is not the only Finnish influence we have noted in Japan. The wondrous and colourful designs of Marimekko have also found a home in Japan. On mobile phone covers, bags, key chains and numerous other places. I had not seen a Marimekko outlet, that is until this weekend. I was in Kagoshima (about two hours flight from Tokyo and one of the southern most points in the main island chain), when out to dinner in the main shopping precinct there it was – the first Marimekko I have seen in Japan. Sadly for me it was after closing time, so I was not able to indulge in any Marimekko design magic. But I still got someone to take my picture!
Oh and one final things, you know your great relaxing chair Trish. The wooden one with the fabric cushions (scandanavian/sweedish/danish design)? Well I have been tempted to buy one for us from the local homewares store. The chairs in the apartment are industrial to say the least. Comfort is not a factor they have considered in furnishing this place (nor is upkeep, actually). But only being here for 12 months stops me every time I get close. Maybe I will just have ot get myself one when I get back to Oz.