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The white-fronted goose is a medium-sized goose species that lives in the northern hemisphere. It moves from the Arctic Ocean nesting grounds into the North Sea for the winter. The white-fronted goose is a herbivore and uses the same nesting site year after year. In recent decades, the species has also begun to nest in the Baltic Sea region.
You wouldn’t have food for me?
I saw these beautiful geese yesterday on my way to grocery store. There is a grass field in front of the store and there they were calmly strolling and enjoying spring day. They have been gone for the winter and are now back here. They weren’t even scared of me who stopped to photograph them. They just stared curiously at the camera. A nice variation on the fact that very often all the animals run away when I stop to pick up my phone.
A small update to the previous post. I found an article on the birth of Geisha chocolate on Fazer’s website.
The story of Geisha chocolate began with a Japonica pastry that Peter Fazer (the grandson of Karl Fazer) fell in love with at Fazer cafe in 60s.He asked product development to try Japonica pastry’s japonais filling along with milk chocolate – and soon (1962) the recipe for success was ready!
”The Geisha name and pink color were borrowed for the product from the caramel of the Fazer’s best bag, which was renamed Tokyo. Japan served as the inspiration for the new product at that time through the Tokyo Olympics, in which Peter Fazer himself participated in the sport of sailing.
The word Geisha means artist. ”Gei” means skill and ”sha” means knowledgeable person. Geisha embodies the depth of oriental mysticism, strives deeper than the surface, and leaves a mark on Japanese culture.”
So there’s the original story of Geisha -chocolate. Also I have read that it was a big Japan boom in Finland in 60’s.
In the previous post, I mentioned Karl Fazer’s admiration for the Japanese culture as a part of the birth of Geisha -chocolate but after reading this text, I realised there is much more behind this fine and traditional chocolate!
So Karl Fazer did not develop itself this chocolate, it was done by his grandson but Geisha name was used as a candy (as mentioned above). This was presumably the result of Karl Fazer’s admiration for Japanese culture.
Finnish brand Fazer,known around the world for its chocolate, was founded by Karl Fazer in 1891 when the first cafe-confectionery to bear his name, was founded Kluuvikatu, in the center of Helsinki. Since then, Fazer cafés have become a permanent part of Helsinki’s cultural life.
Today Fazer has operations in eight countries and exporting to more than 40 countries.In addition to Finland, the company operates in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company manufactures bakery, biscuit and confectionery products and has a restaurant and café business. Fazer has 19 bakeries in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The oldest, still for sale, popular Fazer sweets are Rowan Marmalades, which have been made since 1895.
Another well-known Fazer product is Geisha-chocolate which is also one of my favorites. The traditional Geisha is milk chocolate which contains a lovely hazelnut nougat filling (although later the geisha family has grown with few new variations).
There has been a recent debate as to whether the name Geisha is appropriate or not. After all, the name arose from the fact that Karl Fazer had visited Japan and fell in love with their culture. I think the name is a tribute to Japanese culture, like Japanese youtuber Ken Takagi says in his video. He also says that the Japanese are happy to buy it as homecoming gift. If the name changes as planned, will it no longer interest them as much? However, many Japanese people visit in Finland. The product has been known by that name for so long that it would no longer be the same product under the new name. Or atleast it would not evoke that same temptation and sense of familiarity, especially among tourists. So I don’t think the name should be changed under any circumstances!
Unelmoin sinisestä, Suomen luonnosta, taivaasta pilvettömästä, järvimaisemasta.
Samettisen pehmeästä, kauniista ja kuultavasta. Hetkestä sinisestä, äärellä rannan.
I dream of a blue, Finnish nature, a sky without clouds, a lake landscape.
Velvety soft, beautiful and audible. For a moment in the blue, by the lake.
Can you see the same as I? Some girl (or why not boy but I see girl)…sitting by the lake surrounded by rugged forest on beautiful summer day, a little bit before sun setting…
Tonight the Finnish Talent season culminated in the finals. In the video below you can see the performance of the winning team (circus Bravuuri).
The final broadcast immediately began dramatically. The winner circus Bravuuri appeared first. In the middle of their performance, gold confetti rained on stage and they could not do all their tricks, as the confetti on the floor made them too difficult.
After the performance, presenter Mikko Leppilampi apologized for what happened, and an extra commercial break was added to the program. During that time, they wondered what they could do for the circus team. However, it was a finale, a really important performance and the show of this fine group was ruined due to a mistake of the program.
After the commercial break, the team was allowed to perform again. The show was amazing as you can see from the video!
Last time I introduced you my old clas mate, pianist: Satu Paavola. This time I wanted to introduce you another talented woman: singer, songwriter ”Jippu”. She’s awesome artist and looks just like her mother (who’s by the way our old family friend from the days when Jippu was just a young woman living in her difficult teens and no one knew her. Even then she made music -which has certainly worked as a good therapy-).
Jippu came to the attention of the whole of Finland at the latest when she released her debut album ”Salaisuuksia, joita yksinäiset huutaa unissaan” (Secrets, which lonely cries out in their dreams), in September 2006. It sold gold in 2008. Jippu was also awarded the Emma Award for Best Debut Album of 2006 in early 2007 and participated in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest Finland qualifier with the song ”Kanna minut” (“Carry Me”).
Unfortunately Jippu has stopped making popmusic. Today she’s working as music evangelist and sings only gospel music. Listen to her songs below.