Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hakone Open Air Museum

I seriously feel like Alice lost in Wonderland (wonderland called Japan). Just 90 minutes train ride away from Tokyo and I found myself in Hakone, at Hakone Open Air Museum to be exact. This is just spectacular. The whole concept is amazing - you've got mountains, rivers and forest around you and then there are works by Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle,  Rodin etc scattered around the landscape. 
The museum was established in 1969 and features about 120 grand-scale examples of modern sculpture. (Including the world largest collection of Henry Moore's work). 

Totally worth the day trip from Tokyo. Also, Hakone is very famous for it's healing hot springs. I finally gathered courage and visited an onsen, I had been somewhat hesitant before. It was such an amazing experience to soak in hot (about 65 degrees Celsius) water in outdoor baths wearing nothing but a small towel on your head. The onsen I visited was called Hakone Yuryo and they even had a Finnish-style sauna which I was especially excited about. 

 Takao Tsuchida's Sound of Wind and Carl Milles' Man and Pegasus

Atsushi Imoto "Rupture" 1969 

Antoine Ponqet

Alexander Calder

Additionally, they had a huge Picasso pavilion, an indoor gallery containing 300 paintings, sculptures, photographs and ceramic works donated by the artist's daughter

"La Pleureuse" by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne

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