July 26, 2014, Saturday morning -- Reading Tove Jansson

At the farmers' market (in Tampere, Finland, where I'm on vacation)
She's reading Kesakirja, in Finnish, by Tove Jansson.  The title means Summer Stories.  She's Japanese, and doesn't speak Finnish as her first language, so she's been working on this book since June. The author is very beloved in Finland, and known for a children's book series about big white creatures called Moomins.

Her favorite Japanese author is Haruki Murakami (who I love, too).  She's in Finland to learn how to play a Finnish folk instrument that is similar to a harp, though originally came here to study the architecture of Alvar Aalto. 
While she's reading, she's selling her handmade earrings and woven cloths.  There were so many wonderful things at the market, including buckets of blue berries, cloud berries, cherries, gooseberries, and currants.   

1 Comment:

lividlili said...

I love The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. If you get a chance to read it, I highly recommend it!