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  Thursday, 7 March 2019 - Joint Nordic Event

Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture

Images from the event

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Because of rather heavy rain, partcipants gathered under the roof of Market Hall.
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Robert Hirst, Chairman of the park operator, Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., wishes welcome.
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Off on the tour!
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Good to have an umbrella...
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Shops on the way to the Moomin Valley Park.
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Robert Hirst explains about the Moomin Valley Park in front of a guide map.
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View of the park across the lake in rain and fog.
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'Uimahuone' (swimming room) but no swimming in the lake.
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Approaching the Moomin Valley Park.
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The entrance to the park.
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The entrance gate, admission is just 1,500 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for children (we did not need to pay...).
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The main plaza in the park.
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The Original Moomin Valley Park hot dog stand.
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Jussi Salmela and Timo Varhama checking on of the shops.
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The Moomin House.
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Emma's theater.
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Participants waiting for the Moomins to appear.
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'Here we are!'
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Sniff, Little My, Snorkmaiden, Moomintroll, Moominpappa, Moominmamma and Snufkin.
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Bye, bye.....bye, bye.....bye, bye.....bye, bye
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Entering the Moomin Museum, which has 3 floors.
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An enlarged version on a non-Moomin themed painting by Tove Jansson.
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A skulpture of a photo of Tove Jansson made of Hinoki by local cradftsmen.
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Robert Hirst explains about the sculpture.
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Many interesting multimedia displays.
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Akiko Ando takes a picture of one of the displays.
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Robert Hirst explains the magic ball.
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Timo Varhama takes a picture of one of the displays.
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Peter Höljö of the Swedish chamber guided by Arisa Kawasaki who is the main creator of the museum.
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Moomins in 3D and 2D.
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A miniature display in the stairwell.
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The park even has a Finnish post office. Anette Hansen wonders if it is also for Norwegians...
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A drawing by Tove Janson, kind of guide, in English 'Dance Venue, This Way!!!, Shop'. No dance venue in the park but definately a big shop.
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The main Moomin goods shop, the largest in the world.
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All kinds of Moomin stuff.
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The popular Moomin mugs. For sale and in the coffee shops.
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The dinner at retaurant LAGOM on the 2nd floor in Viking Hall.
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Akiko Ando and Chiaki Nakamoto picking up drinks.
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Akiko Kanki at the buffet table, more coming in from the right... Timo Varhama, Jussi Salmela and Junko Watanabe thinking of what to take...
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Meat balls and pasta.
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The 30 participants enjoying food and drinks.
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Lively discussions at the tables.
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A good day after all despite the rain!
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