There’s a Japanese town that looks just like Sweden, sells Swedish folk crafts, and celebrates Swedish traditions. Sweden Hills, located on Hokkaido island, hosts Swedish festivals throughout the year and is popular with tourists.
Meet the newest mascot for the Department of Impossible Cuteness: the Ezo momonga, Siberian flying squirrels that live on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido (historically known as Ezo). With their huge dark eyes, long whiskers, eensy-weensy paws, and the ability to glide through the air from tree to tree, these kawaii creatures wield cuteness like a superpower.
Shy and mostly nocturnal creatures, the Siberian flying squirrel builds cozy nests up high in trees inside holes created by woodpeckers and line them with soft materials such as lichen. They do not hibernate, but during winter they sometimes sleep continuously for a few days at a time.
The idea of walking around a wintry forest knowing there are itty-bitty bundles of cuteness fast asleep in the trees overhead is enough to raise our blood sugar to a dangerous level. Please excuse us while we go eat some almonds and sit quietly for a few minutes.