Hakone

I haven't been very successful at taking photos of our travels through Japan this past year. There are many reasons for that, primarily traveling light and traveling with kids. Cell phones can capture the memory, but those snapshots never quite measure up. With two kids, we won't be traveling light anymore. And now that my oldest is talking and can better understand that he isn't allowed to grab mama's camera, I'm looking forward to taking my camera along on more of our family adventures across Japan (and the Pacific!). 

Over President's Day Weekend, we took a quick trip took Hakone and visited the Open Air Museum. It was supposed to snow that morning and, instead, the sun came out for a beautiful late Winter day. 

Carl Milles, "Man and Pegasus"

Carl Milles, "Man and Pegasus"

Carl Milles is my new sculptor obsession. I have to go to Sweden to see more of his work. 

Design: Peter Jon Pearce, "Curved Space - Diamond Structure"

Design: Peter Jon Pearce, "Curved Space - Diamond Structure"

Japan is incredibly kid-friendly and I love how the Open Air Museum had spaces where children can truly interact with the art. Children can climb up the Diamond Structure to the very top. Our boys are still too young for this structure, but we'll be making a trip back here when they are older for sure!

Yuki Shintani, "Alba"

Yuki Shintani, "Alba"

Alba, Alba, Alba. Oh Alba, with the penetrating stare. 

And then there was Picasso. A little Picasso is good for the soul. Photography is not permitted inside the exhibit. 

Carl Milles, "The Hand of God"

Carl Milles, "The Hand of God"

I stumbled on "The Hand of God" without realizing  that we were close to it and I was stunned. We came to the Open Air Museum specifically to see this work and it did not disappoint!

There have been a few works of art that, upon seeing them in person, truly touched my heart: The School of Athens by Raphael in the Vatican, the Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David in the Louvre, and the Hall of Prisoners by Michelangelo at the Accademia Gallery. I would add Milles' The Hand of God to that list. 

I could have photographed this statue all day as the sun shifted and touched it in different ways. Words do not do justice to the beauty of this piece. 

After marveling at The Hand of God, I forgot to write down the names of the other sculptors/designers as we travelled through the rest of the museum. 

Visitors are allowed to sit or stand on this Egg, so long as you took your shoes off!

Me, before I've had coffee in the morning, haha! 

Me, before I've had coffee in the morning, haha! 

This statue is hilarious and wonderful! Some of our other favorite pieces:

I could have easily spent the whole day in the Open Air Museum, but nap time calls ... 

A family portrait to conclude our delightful morning!