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The Hakone Open-Air Museum (箱根彫刻の森美術館)

The Hakone Open Air Museum (箱根彫刻の森美術館)

I have shown you several photos from The Hakone Open-Air Museum before, but this is the first one from the outside. I think I’ll present several images from the inside over the next week or so.

Mirror Ball in Hakone

hakone open air museum mirror ball japan

This giant, mirror ball is part of the Hakone Open Air Museum (箱根彫刻の森美術館). If you look closely you can see the reflection of the cables that keep it suspended in air. You can also see the photographer, me.

Museum foot soak

I’ve mentioned before that if you ever do the Hakone Loop you may want to do it in the reverse direction as that usually directed in the guidebooks. Counterclockwise will usually get you fewer crowds, possibly better views of Mt. Fuji, and, perhaps best of all, a foot soak at the end, instead of the beginning, of your day.

If the above picture doesn’t look like heaven to you then you should walk around all day first. Then take a look. See what I mean?

This foot soak onsen can be found in the Hakone Open Air Museum. The price is right (free with admission), and it is perfect for a museum like this that requires a lot of walking to see everything. Come to think of it, every museum should have such a feature.

A man who worked for the museum was handing out towels, putting fruit in the water, and, as you can see in the next picture, he even offers to take your picture if he sees that you have a camera. I’m looking forward to the Japanese level of service again.

There are even some “doctor fish” in the onsen which provide a little fish therapy to your aching feet.

Hakone Open Air Museum

One of the newest additions to the Hakone Open-Air Museum on our visit early in 2007 was this work by Giuliano Yangi entitled “Grande Racconto”.

Mona Lisa with braces

OMSI is currently featuring a Leonardo da Vinci special exhibit. Although everything in the exhibit is a replica we still found it to be very interesting. Many of the items we have seen the originals for on prior visits to France and Italy. The exhibit includes some very well done videos as well as a very cool rendition of what the Mona Lisa would have looked like when da Vinci painted it (not pictured above). The original is far brighter and colorful (without all of the cracking and yellowing of course) than its current state in the Louvre.

Portland, Oregon travel week

I just got back, late last night, from three days in Portland, Oregon. I think we’ll make the trip a mini-week here on the travel blog of 5 days or so. Unfortunately, it rained nearly the entire time so there won’t be many outdoor photos to choose from.

To start things off, let’s begin with a picture of the waterfront. This was taken from the parking lot at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). We didn’t realize it before arriving at OMSI, but our membership at Ashland’s ScienceWorks got us into OMSI for free. Apparently both are participants in the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) which provides free entrance to members of any of the other participating museums. This turned out to be a big savings for us. Our ScienceWorks membership was only $60 for an entire year. Entrance to OMSI for a day for the four of us would have been $56.

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