Do you happen to have a childhood anime/cartoon when you were growing up? or what was your first couple of anime you have watched if I may ask? :) I hope you are doing okay!
"Finnish people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in the north part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle. People from all over the world send letters to Santa Claus in Finland. There is a big tourist theme park called 'Christmas Land' in the north of Finland, near to where they say that Father Christmas lives."
"In Finland, Santa might also be known as Joulupukki! (This really means 'Christmas Goat' as it was traditional in Finland that there was a Yule Goat who was scary and asked people for presents - and certainly didn't give any out! Over time the goat became the gift giver and then Santa took over the gift giving duties but the name of the Christmas Goat was still retained in Finland!) Joulupukki rides with reindeer leaves gifts under the Christmas tree but if you have been naughty you could end up with a bag of coal!"
The place you send your letter to Santa Claus or where Santa lives is in Finland? I only knew that Santa lives somewhere in the North Pole... wow.
Have you ever visited Christmas Land before? It sounds like it's like a Disney land there!
I kind of get that why reindeers were used! I never knew xD
South Korea's national/representative animal seems to be a Siberian tiger. According to the web, there has been many folklore, history and arts associated with them in the past. However, I have heard that tigers were commonly found in a mountain forest region a long time ago.
In Canada, Beaver seems to be the national animal. There have been an expeditions sent out mainly for Beaver's pelt due to their demands for trading. These expeditions end up helping with mapping and establishing the country, Canada. Afterwards, Beaver has been used as a symbol for the code of arms, war, marking and coin(nickel).
"The beaver may not be considered ferocious like some countries other symbols, but it is capable of incredible feats of engineering, it is industrious, and it gets the job done."
Hey! You're awesome and always super pleasant to read what you have written. Just wanted to pop on by and throw some cats on ya.
Thank you bro for everything. You will always be my brother.
Sorry for the late reply, I have been in lack of energy lately...
Anyway, how did you like those movies? Oh, right, I remember you enjoyed watching anime called Planetes as well. Glad to see you watching a space theme movie is helping you feel better. Perhaps space theme can be a healing source for you like how comedy theme is like a healing remedy to me :) I think there was another space-related anime called Uchuu Kyoudai. I don't really know about it as I've only watched just a few episodes, but I heard it's a good anime.
I like Finland's traditional clothes material and design! Clothes look very warm, soft and comfortable to wear. Also, that red puffball attached to some of the hats seems unique and interesting. Do they happen to have any meaning and purpose to their design? like, are they some sort of representation or inspired by things such as animal, spirit or belief? I can also see that there seem to be lots of Reindeer(?) in that particular picture you have provided. They look so cool! I've seen some mooses around in Canada but not a reindeers (except for the holiday animation movies in regards to Christmas). I wonder if they are viewed as a sacred animal or well-known animal in Finland.
Finnish outdoor sauna?