Category Archives: Japan

The Little Prince Museum @ Hakone, Japan

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The Little Prince is written by the French author Antoine de Saint Exupery, a beautifully illustrated tale in vivid colors.  The Little Prince Museum in Hakone brings you a glimpse into the author’s life and everything about the Little Prince comes to life at the museum.    I read the book when I was younger and I thought the Little Prince was one adventurous prince, visiting different planets, trying to make sense of “extraordinary” adults through hidden philosophical messages of life.   Continue reading

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A Word A Week Challenge: Orange

Hakone Japan

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While I just finished writing about the Venetian Glass Museum @ Hakone, Japan, some of the photos match perfectly with this week’s a word a week challenge – Orange.  The photos here are exhibits from the museum and quite a few of them are orange. For the rest of the exhibits, they glow with an orange hue as the museum uses orange lighting  My favorite exhibit is the illuminating glass egg.

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Venetian Glass Museum @ Hakone Japan

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The Venetian Glass Museum at Hakone is set in a romantic, charming garden with mountains, canals and European cottages, you might be mistaken for a while that you have stepped into a little Venice instead of Japan.

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As you enter the garden, the most lovely thing that you would see would be the crystal arch, with curtains of crystal beads flowing down the little bridge.  It wasn’t too sunny on the day that we were there but imagine how beautiful it would have been under the glistening sun or during the fading beams of sunset.

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The museum is commonly known as the Venetian Glass Museum, but I like the alternative Japanese name that it has -箱根ガラスの森美術館, the Hakone Glass Forest, which I think represents the marvelous beaded garden very well.

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Enchanting crystal tress and glass ornaments are planted throughout the garden.

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The Palazzo Ducale Shandelier  is a standing chandelier which stems from the floor instead of from the ceiling.

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We took our time wandering around the garden, strolling along the riverbank, discovering many beautiful corners of the garden, and soaking up the Venetian moment before going into the Venetian Glass Museum.
  
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The Venetian glass works exhibited are absolutely gorgeous !! Delicate, intricate and a display of meticulous craftsmanship.

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Oh my God I love this  dazzling piece of egg here!

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Loved this wonderful museum and it’s definitely worth the visit!  Enjoy more photos below 🙂

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum Contact Info
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum Official Website
Address: 940-48 Sengokuhara,Hakone-machi,Ashigarashimo-gun,Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan
TEL:0460-86-3111 (Int’l:81-460-86-3111)  FAX:0460-86-3114

Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm daily.
Entrance Fee: 1300 Yen for adults, 1100 Yen for college students, 800 yen for high school students and below.

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Hakone Open Air Museum @ Japan

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The Hakone Open Air Museum (彫刻の森美術館) is the first of its kind in Japan since 1969, displaying splendid art pieces and statues in a fantastic 70,000 m2 outdoor space. I love this idea because the museum uses four seasons as a backdrop to display artwork and I would imagine it would have a completely different outlook during the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter.   One of my personal favorite is the Symphonic Sculpture, a kaleidoscopic tower embellished with stained glass with spiraling staircase down the middle.   It’s a small tower full of life, beaming with rainbow colors and it immediately gives you a joyous smile when you step into the tower.   It’s a little something atypical of stained glass where they are mostly seen in churches like Saint Chapelle (in Paris) where the atmosphere is usually more solemn and sacred.    Continue reading

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Nikko Trip – A Day with Shrines and Temple @ Japan

On a trip to Nikko, the top attraction to visit would be the Nikko National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with elaborate shrines and temple including Nikko Toshogu Shrine (東照宮), Taiyuyin Shrine (大猷院),  Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社) and Rinnoji Temple (輪王寺).   The buildings played an important role in architecture during early Edo Period.  Continue reading

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Edo Wonderland @ Nikko, Japan

Edo Wonderland (日光江户村), or “Nikko Edomura” in Japanese is a theme park that reenact the culture and history of the Edo Period ( 1603 – 1868).  The 45000mpark with its lush greens, stone paths and wooden architecture, has plenty of things to do and see.  Museums, parades, haunted houses, ninja shows, water shows, boat cruises, archery ranches,  costume dress-ups, shopping, eating and more.  I must say that one day wasn’t enough for us.     Continue reading

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