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Original 'Moomin' sketches on display at Ginza department store in Tokyo

"Moomin" sketches created by Tove Jansson are shown here. (c) Moomin Characters TM

TOKYO -- An exhibit of "Moomin" comic strip sketches is being held at a department store in Tokyo through Oct. 12.

    Original drawings from the series created by the late Finnish writer Tove Jansson (1914-2001) have been on display in the event square section on the eighth floor of the Matsuya Ginza department store in the capital's Chuo Ward.

    Jansson made comic strips for a Finnish newspaper before sketching Moomin comics as a serialization in the English publication the Evening News from 1954, which enabled her to gain global recognition. Once Jansson became busy, her younger brother Lars picked up where she left off. The exhibit included about 280 original drawings, sketches, line drawings, and other illustrations of the series which continued for over 20 years.

    Original drawings of "War and Peace of the Moomins" from 1974 as well as the final comic strip of the series, "Moomin and the Ten Piggy Banks" from 1975 -- both handwritten by Lars -- are also on display. The exhibit shows the rich world of the Moomins, their family and friends, who love nature and peace.

    The admission fee costs 1,200 yen for adults, 700 yen for high school students, and 500 yen for middle schoolers. People can apply for tickets by calling the Matsuya Ginza department store at 03-3567-1211.

    (Japanese original by Miki Myochin, Project Promotion/Editing Office, Business Development Headquarters)

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