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Suzhou Street @ Summer Palace, Beijing China

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The Suzhou Street (蘇州街) in the Summer Palace (頤和園) was built to resemble the water towns in Suzhou with traditional shoplots along the (man-made) riverbank.  Back in the olden days, during the emperor’s visit to the Summer Palace, the street “opens for business” with eunuchs and maids from the imperial palace playing vendors to entertain the emperor.   Continue reading

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Lotus in the Breeze in Winding Courtyard @ West Lake, Hangzhou, China

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Lotus in the Breeze in Winding Courtyard is one of my favorite spots on the West Lake.  In Chinese it is known as Qu Yuan Fen He (曲院风荷), or Quyuan Park.  We visited in May when the lotus flowers weren’t blooming as the season is in July / August.  It was also because of this reason, this spot didn’t have swarms of people trying to squeeze past each other.  Only scattered locals enjoying their time leisurely, not doing much and just sitting around.       Continue reading

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Shopping @ Gotemba Premium Outlet @ Japan

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Gotemba Premium Outlet is located in Shizuoka Prefecture, 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by either bus or train.  If you are in the Hakone area, Gotemba Premium Outlet is also a favorite destination for shopping just an hour away.  We went to the outlet by bus – thinking that it might be a bit difficult to find the Odakyu Line “Romance Car” in the vast Shinjuku West Station.  In reality, finding the bus stop going to Gotemba took us a while too.    Continue reading

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Review: Fuji Hakone Guest House @ Japan

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We stayed for 3 nights at Fuji Hakone Guest House during our Hakone trip.  The guest house is perfectly located just a few minutes walk away from the bus stop and a supermarket.  It was easy for us to go around Hakone and really convenient when we needed some snacks.  The ATM in the supermarket can come in handy if you ever run out of cash.  The few attractions that we went in Hakone didn’t take credit cards so be cash-ready if you are in Hakone for a few days.   Continue reading

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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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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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