A chain of Moomin cafes in Japan has an unusual but cute policy to entertain its patrons: anyone who enters in the locals is given the option to enjoy the company of a life-sized stuffed animal. But what is even more adorable is the similarity of these toys with the Moomin characters.
Moomins are a family of white hippopotamus-like creatures and the central characters in a series of picture books conceived in the 1950s by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. The cute characters have since been turned into an animated television series that remains popular in many countries, including Japan.
If you visit any of the three Moomin cafes in Japan you’ll have the opportunity to share your table with stuffed versions of Moomintroll, Moominpappa, Moominmamma and Snork Maiden. At Tokyo Dome City the oddly-named characters Sniff and Stinky are also available.
The stuffed hippos are appreciated by anyone from children, to unaccompanied people, but they are just a part of the experience of going to a Moomin cafe. Food, drinks, merchandise and decorations are also inspired by the characters so one can be totally immersed in the fantastic Moomins’ world. And for many patrons this means – of course – a good resource for interesting photos to share on social media.
Picture: Flickr/Alicia Rosello Gene
Picture taken by Yuki Arawaka for CNN at the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo Dome City.
Photo by Sachiko Shiota at the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo Dome
Recently a Moomin cafe was opened in New York City too and there are some rumors that another one will be opened in London in near future.
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