We spent the weekend in Hakone, and our hotel provided dinner. Dinner turned out to be loads of weird Japanese fish and scary things we couldn’t identify. The fried chicken was good though!
The next day we took a gondola called The Ropeway over lots of mountains with the hope of seeing Mount Fuji.
On the journey we crossed a valley of some sulphur which stank like rotten eggs. We were up high, but if you you were to walk across the valley down below, the acid from the sulphur could damage your lungs and even kill you.
We were really lucky it was a clear day so we could see Mount Fuji without any clouds blocking it.
We took a windy stroll at the bottom of the Ropeway and saw a pirate ship. We thought it must be a fake pirate ship because it had an engine at the back.
In the afternoon (after a scrummy sushi lunch), we went to an Open Air Art and Sculpture Museum and there was a really cool interactive climbing exhibit. You had to go through lots of different holes and clamber through nets to get to the top on the inside which was a more open net you could run around on. It was really cool and fun to play in.
This one wasn’t as fun because it hurt your knees but the design of it was really interesting.
There were lots of Picassos, but this one was the most huge and colourful:
Here are some of the other sculptures. I really liked the hanging ball that we saw our reflection in.
Although mine and Emily’s favourite was these fried eggs!
While we were waiting for dinner that night we made our first ever successful Houses of Cards!
On Sunday while we were waiting for our glass-blowing workshop we walked around a pretty garden. Around the fountain we were surprised to see lots of flower cabbages.
At first at the glassblowing I was a little bit scared because the molten glass was so hot, but the teacher was very nice and helped us. First you would roll the molten glass in the coloured beads of your choice, then you would blow it to start to create the shape you wanted. After you had shaped it slightly you would put it back in the furnace to make it softer again so you could shape it some more. It felt like blowing a balloon but harder.
Daddy made a beer mug:
I took these photos of Mummy when she was puffing hard!
Here is me and I made a small vase. The glass nearly fell off when we put it back in the furnace because I couldn’t spin if fast enough as I was wearing slippery gloves.
Milly made a vase as well and she put spots on hers, while I had swirls.
We had a great weekend at Hakone, and our glass works were shipped to Mutton Hall. I can’t wait to see the finished product when we get home!