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エイリアン、地球を行く

Alien, the traveler on the earth

Tsuki no Yado Sara (Ryokan hotel) & Honma Yosegi-zaiku Museum, Hakone Japan

Well...It's me, Alien. 

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Bath time. 

 

 

 

 

Alien came to Hakone-Yumoto.  

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A popular hot spring spot. 

 

 

 

Let's go to the hotel Alien booked. 

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A lot of nature. refreshing. 

 

 

This is Tsuki no Yado Sara, a ryokan (Japanese-style) hotel. 

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This is a new one! 

 

 

Alien checked in and went to the room. 

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A nice bed. This is a Japanese-style hotel but offers beds. 

 

 

Let's enjoy bath time first. 

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Alien put yukata (summer kimono) on. Let's go! 

 

 

 

This is a private bathroom. 

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Anyone can use it if nobody is in. 

 

Free milk and coffee for customers! 

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Great hospitality. 

 

 

Alien went to their garden on rooftop. 

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Mountains. 

 

 

Wow there are free drinks here too.  

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Alcohols! 

 

 

 

It is time for dinner.

Let's go to their restaurant.  

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Menu. So many kinds of dishes are waiting for Alien...!

 

 

Appetizers. 

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Pretty moon-shaped plates. 

 

 

Let's have sake. It's all-you-can-drink! 

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Very Japanese. 

 

 

Dishes are coming in! 

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Yummy liquid. 

 

 

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Fresh sashimi. 

 

 

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...and shabu-shabu (hot pot with paper-thin sliced meats)! 

 

 

You can have another plate of beef if you request. 

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Alien requested it, of course. 

 

 

And desserts. 

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 Alien am very full! 

 

 

Let's take a bath again. 

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Another private bathroom. 

 

 

Alien enjoyed their big bathtub and open-air bath too. No photos of public bath though.

 

 

 

 

Let's have beer (it was also free). 

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 Phew. Am Alien in a heaven? 

 

 

Well...Alien am a bit hungry now. 

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Let's have a yonaki-soba! This is another name for ramen. 

 

 

Free beer here too. 

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Alien am in a heaven for sure. 

 

 

 

This is their yonaki-soba. 

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Light taste ramen. Good for mid-night snack.  

 

 

Alien am satisfied. Let's go to bed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ...Good morning! 

Breakfast time. 

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What a pretty box. This is Hakone's traditional art called yosegi-zaiku. 

 

 

Many kinds of foods. 

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Great breakfast. 

 

 

This is a main dish. 

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Steamed-vegetables and deep-fried fish paste (very popular food in Hakone area). 

 

 

It was a great ryokan. Alien enjoyed it very much. 

 

 

 

 

Well...Alien want to do something before going home. 

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Alien came to Honma Yosegi-zaiku Museum.

 

 

 

Visitors can make a yosegi-zaiku art here. 

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They let Alien pick materials for a beverage coaster.

Which one is good for Alien? 

 

 

 

Alien picked one. Let's think how to put all parts together. 

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There were samples but Alien wanted to make an original design. 

 

 

How about this? 

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Or like this? 

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Like this? 

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…Alien decided! 

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Alien like this. Let's do this way. 

 

 

 

Let's put them together with glue. 

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Alien cleaned the extra glue. 

 

 

Alien let it dry and polished. 

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Be smooth! 

 

Alien then varnished it. 

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Be shiny! 

 

 

 

Done!

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Yeeeees! 

 

 

A guy at the museum said he never saw design like Alien's.

See? Alien have a special sense that nobody on the earth has! 

 

 

 

 

Their website:

Tsuki no Yado Sara (Ryokan hotel)

http://www.hotespa.net/hotels/sara/

Honma Yosegi-zaiku museum 

http://www.yoseki-honma.com/

 

K.