1 June 2017

Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park, Japan

“Akebono Children’s Forest Park” opened in Hanno City, Japan on July 1st, 1997. The aim was to create a park for Japanese children and their families to be able to relax. The principle has always been to live in harmony with nature but also to respect and accept each other.

The concept of Akebono Children’s Forest Park leads to the world of the Moomins and in April 1992, the idea was presented to Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomins. “I am amazingly excited!” she answered when hearing about the park and Moomins and their philosophy playing the role of park’s inspiration.

This special correspondence continued for 7 years and even today, Tove Jansson’s thoughts are seen at many points in the park. The park is very popular among Japanese children and their families but also among tourists from all over the world.

Because of the relation to Tove Jansson, from now on the park have the official right to be called “Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park”.

Photos: Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park