Happy Birthday, Nijntje!

Birthday Girl
On this day in 1955, Nijntje made her debut. Drawn by Utrecht native, Dick Bruna, she’s gone on to feature in numerous books and cartoons and has become well-known around the world. She’s better known as Miffy to most of the world, since Nijntje is a bit of a puzzle for those not familiar with Dutch. For what it’s worth, Nijntje is a shortened, diminutive form of the word konijn, which means rabbit.
Nijntje Pleintje
She’s got quite the presence here in Utrecht. She has her own square (Nijntje Pleintje as seen in the above photo). She’s also the symbol used for some of the walk/don’t walk lights here in town. She’s being used on some directional signs here in Utrecht, and of course, she plays a huge part in the Dick Bruna Huis, which is a part of the Utrecht Centraal Museum.
Dick Bruna Huis
MuseumWeekend [Day 102/365]
She’s a charming little bunny and a nice thing to have associated with Utrecht. Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, Nijntje!
Nijntje

8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Nijntje!

  1. Great post! I had no idea! I just adore Nijntje! I go nuts everytime I go into the Dick Bruna Huis museum store (And I go there much more often than any adult without children should). She was also a great friend during those early collisions with learning Dutch. I’ve set a link to this on my What’s On in the Month of June post 🙂

    • Oddly enough, I first found out about her (as Miffy) because of some posters of her in the window across the street from my office in Manhattan. It wasn’t until I moved here that I found out she was Dutch.

  2. Miffy is Dutch?

    I thought she was one of those Sanrio creations like Hello Kitty, hehe. And I had a notepad and ruler with her image on it, too, when I was still in school here halfway across the world from NL. You learn something new everyday. 🙂

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